Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia

Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia

USA

"Like a lot of partner dynamics, a healthy amount of arguing begins most of our working situations…"

Biography

Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia are US Rockefeller Fellows in film, 2012. They were also named one of the 25 faces of independent Film by Filmmakers Magazine in 2011. Rania Attieh is from Tripoli, Lebanon. She has received her MFA in Media Art Production as a writer/ director of Fiction from the City College of New York. She is an adjunct professor of film aesthetics at NYU Tisch Graduate School of the Arts. Daniel Garcia is from South Texas, USA. He holds a BA in Philosophy before he went on to receive his MFA in film from New York University, Tisch Graduate School of the Arts. Daniel is also a musician (composing scores for his films) whose latest album was commissioned and released by the Sharjah Art Foundation and was recently exhibited at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. Together they have co-written, co-directed, co-edited and produced many films to date including ALMOST BROOKLYN, mentored by Abbas Kiarostami. On past productions they had worked mostly with non-professional actors, and no crew, filling most creative and technical positions even through post-production and finishing. Their films have screened at the Forum de Images in France, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the MoMA, the Walker Art Center, and many prestigious film festivals around the world. OK, ENOUGH, GOODBYE, 2011, their feature film debut has received many supporting grants (CINEREACH, SANAD) and garnered rave reviews (Variety, Hollywood reporter, Cahiers du Cinema, Reuters) and Best New Director from the Arab World in Abu Dhabi Film Fest, A Jury Prize in San Francisco IFF, Torino FF, Buenos Aires (BAFICI), Philadelphia and Belfort. They have also established a fine art career that has its roots in street art and graffiti, which has led to gallery shows all over the world (London, L.A, NYC, and Miami) as well as to commissioned work for the NBA, and the Eames Foundation. They were commissioned by the Sharjah Art Biennial to make the short film “Short Scenes from a Long Marriage” dealing with Egypt recent people’s revolution. Their latest video piece CONFETTI was on view at the Tate Modern in London as part of an invitation and collaboration with the artist Olafur Eliasson. Their second feature is RECOMMENDED BY ENRIQUE and their new film H. is one of three projects to be selected for the production phase by the Venice Biennale College. Rania and Daniel work and live in Brooklyn, NY.

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