The Insomniac’s Director Monty Miranda at Dances With Films 2013
Monty Miranda is a director, writer and producer who was born at Hahn Air Base, Germany. He began his post high school studies at the Air Force Academy and after six challenging months and one easy decision, he resigned and enrolled at the University of Colorado to study filmmaking and journalism.
Mr. Miranda’s first experience as a Director was with the unauthorized use of the family Super 8 mm movie camera at age eight; which ignited his passion for filmmaking. Upon graduating Miranda formed the production company, Incite Films. Through that Denver based company Miranda directed hundreds of national television commercials for a variety of clients ranging from McDonalds to TIVO. Incite Films created the national video game television series Twitch that ran for two seasons and Mr. Miranda directed.
Monty Miranda’s feature film directorial debut, Skills Like This, won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the SXSW Film Festival. In over 20 film festival appearances the darkly comic film continued on to receive “Best of the Fest” honors at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize for Best American Feature Jacksonville Film Festival and a Free Spirit Award Nomination at the Warsaw International Film Festival. Upon the film’s theatrical release Miranda received glowing reviews from The New York Times, “!eye catching direction”, SALON, “cheerfully anarchic!indescribably genuine”, to Variety, “!artfully directed with considerable intelligence and chemistry.” Skills Like This released internationally, on-demand, DVD, digital, and is currently running on the premium cable network Starz.
Mr. Miranda’s work is known for its diverse use of music and keen sense of comedy. Monty has worked with such artists as John Meyer, Steve Jordan, New Order, Matthew Sweet and Devotchka, actors and pro athletes from Spike Lee to Tony Hawk. The Cannes LIONS, the CLIO’s, the Effies, the Addy’s, the BDA’s, BBC’s Most Outrageous Commercials and FOX’s World’s Funniest Commercials have honored Monty Miranda’s work. His award winning political spots have been featured in the national press. CNN, the LA Times and the Washington Post praised the ads for their innovative approach and contribution to a landslide upset victory by political neophyte John Hickenlooper, helping him win the Denver mayor’s office by the largest margin in history.
In 2012 and 2013 Miranda directed the thriller THE INSOMNIAC, The VEVO comedy series, Cover Stories, and American Mustang, his first 3D motion picture.