BIOGRAPHY

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Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Miguel Silveira lives and works in NYC. Miguel has taught classes at Columbia College Chicago, EICTV in San Antonio de Los Banos, Cuba as well as Columbia University in the City of New York and, for a decade, was a sponsor of the Telluride Film Festival’s City Lights Program. Miguel’s award winning short films “Namibia, Brasil” and “Rooftop Wars” played in film festivals around the world and his first feature-length documentary, “I Am a Visitor in Your World", played as an Official Selection of The Woodstock Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, and was awarded Best Film at the Athens Film + Video Festival. Miguel’s graduate thesis film at Columbia University, a political thriller titled "Devil's Work”, was selected by Columbia University’s festival jury as one of the seven best films to come out of the program in 2014. “Devil’s Work” received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant, the Caucus Foundation Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, the DGA awards for best film in its category (East Coast), and was selected as a semi-finalist at the Student Academy Awards. Miguel developed and directed the Venezuelan chapter of MTV’s documentary series “Rebel Music,” executive produced by Shepard Fairey, which aired worldwide in 2015. After completing his MFA, Miguel 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. Miguel 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.