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Dan Mirvish

Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer, inventor and author. Mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, Omaha (the movie), Dan co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival. Dan's film Open House forced the Academy Awards® to rewrite their rules, and he also co-wrote the critically-acclaimed novel I Am Martin Eisenstadt. His award-winning film Between Us played in 23 festivals and sold to 144 countries. Dan’s latest film is Bernard and Huey, written by the legendary Jules Feiffer. He’s also written for Filmmaker Magazine, Indiewire and The Huffington Post. Dan has a master’s degree in film from USC and has guest lectured at UCLA, NYU, USC, CalArts and many other film schools. Once labelled a "cheerful subversive" by The New York Times, Mirvish was named one of Variety's Top 50 Creatives to Watch. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

Routledge, 2017

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... beautiful actress, I got a call from her agent: “Dan, is there anything, I mean anything she can do to get the part?” I thought about what he was saying for a moment (and then weighed my stable marriage, kids and house into the equation). I...

Finishing with Abandon

Dan Mirvish

Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer, inventor and author. Mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, Omaha (the movie), Dan co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival. Dan's film Open House forced the Academy Awards® to rewrite their rules, and he also co-wrote the critically-acclaimed novel I Am Martin Eisenstadt. His award-winning film Between Us played in 23 festivals and sold to 144 countries. Dan’s latest film is Bernard and Huey, written by the legendary Jules Feiffer. He’s also written for Filmmaker Magazine, Indiewire and The Huffington Post. Dan has a master’s degree in film from USC and has guest lectured at UCLA, NYU, USC, CalArts and many other film schools. Once labelled a "cheerful subversive" by The New York Times, Mirvish was named one of Variety's Top 50 Creatives to Watch. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

Routledge, 2017

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2

... in front of your DP for color correction, it could look completely wrong and still be out of sync when you show up for your final mix. Fancy parking on the Warner Brothers lot! Photo: Dan Mirvish our footage was way too dark. But we...

Distributing and Beyond

Dan Mirvish

Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer, inventor and author. Mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, Omaha (the movie), Dan co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival. Dan's film Open House forced the Academy Awards® to rewrite their rules, and he also co-wrote the critically-acclaimed novel I Am Martin Eisenstadt. His award-winning film Between Us played in 23 festivals and sold to 144 countries. Dan’s latest film is Bernard and Huey, written by the legendary Jules Feiffer. He’s also written for Filmmaker Magazine, Indiewire and The Huffington Post. Dan has a master’s degree in film from USC and has guest lectured at UCLA, NYU, USC, CalArts and many other film schools. Once labelled a "cheerful subversive" by The New York Times, Mirvish was named one of Variety's Top 50 Creatives to Watch. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

Routledge, 2017

Book

1

... will be a well-meaning company that’s been struggling and will simply go bankrupt. I remember one call I got from a dis- tributor of my film Open House: “Hi, Dan! The good news is we owe you $50,000. The bad news is we’re going out of business...

Shooting the Movie

Dan Mirvish

Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer, inventor and author. Mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, Omaha (the movie), Dan co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival. Dan's film Open House forced the Academy Awards® to rewrite their rules, and he also co-wrote the critically-acclaimed novel I Am Martin Eisenstadt. His award-winning film Between Us played in 23 festivals and sold to 144 countries. Dan’s latest film is Bernard and Huey, written by the legendary Jules Feiffer. He’s also written for Filmmaker Magazine, Indiewire and The Huffington Post. Dan has a master’s degree in film from USC and has guest lectured at UCLA, NYU, USC, CalArts and many other film schools. Once labelled a "cheerful subversive" by The New York Times, Mirvish was named one of Variety's Top 50 Creatives to Watch. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

Routledge, 2017

Book

2

... had the potential to look Cinematographer Yasu Tanida shooting a scene from Open House. Don’t try this at home. Photo: Dan Mirvish still figuring out the camera). At the time, the format decision became a bal- ancing act: Either shoot...

Festing in Style

Dan Mirvish

Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer, inventor and author. Mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, Omaha (the movie), Dan co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival. Dan's film Open House forced the Academy Awards® to rewrite their rules, and he also co-wrote the critically-acclaimed novel I Am Martin Eisenstadt. His award-winning film Between Us played in 23 festivals and sold to 144 countries. Dan’s latest film is Bernard and Huey, written by the legendary Jules Feiffer. He’s also written for Filmmaker Magazine, Indiewire and The Huffington Post. Dan has a master’s degree in film from USC and has guest lectured at UCLA, NYU, USC, CalArts and many other film schools. Once labelled a "cheerful subversive" by The New York Times, Mirvish was named one of Variety's Top 50 Creatives to Watch. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

Routledge, 2017

Book

2

... Kellerman with George McGovern Photo: Dan Mirvish campaigned for McGovern’s 1972 campaign at rallies with Warren Beatty and other celebrities, and McGovern remembered her quite fondly. At our out-of- competition screening at Slamdance, I...