Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Miguel Silveira lives and works as a filmmaker and arts educator in NYC. He has taught narrative and documentary film production at Columbia College Chicago, Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in Cuba, and Columbia University in the City of New York. Silveira’s early work includes award the winning short films “Namibia, Brasil” and “Rooftop Wars” and the feature-length documentary "I Am a Visitor in Your World" which was an Official Selection - Woodstock Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Athens Film + Video Festival. Silveira's graduate thesis from Columbia University, a political thriller titled "Devil's Work", received a Sloan Foundation Production Grant, was a Caucus Foundation Grantee, was awarded Best Film at both The Tyre Film Festival (Lebanon) and The Uranium International Film Festival (Brazil), won a DGA award (East Coast), and was a semi-finalist for a Student Academy Award. After completing his MFA, Silveira co-founded NoPORT Films and began directing "American Thief", a narrative fiction and documentary hybrid filmed and scripted around true events in New York City between 2015-2018. Currently in post-production, "American Thief" is a Jerome Foundation Grantee and participant in the 2017 IFP Narrative Completion Lab. Silveira is developing the next feature projects for NoPORT Films with his collaborators, Michel Stolnicki, and Missy Hernandez. These projects include "Drophouse" a social thriller set in Detroit, "No Forbearance", a satirical horror film about the student loan crisis, and "Unbinding Isabel" a story about a woman and her grandmother on a quest to undo a family curse.