Still from “American Thief”.

Still from “American Thief”.

 Miguel and his SOCAPA students at the All American High School Film Festival.

Miguel and his SOCAPA students at the All American High School Film Festival.

 Promotional image for “Rebel Music: Venezuela”.

Promotional image for “Rebel Music: Venezuela”.

News & Press

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IFP Narrative completion Labs

American Thief, a feature film written and directed by Miguel Silveira, is one of 10 projects chosen for the 2017 IFP Narrative Completion Labs.

Jerome Foundation Grant Winner

Miguel was awarded the 2016 New York Film and Video Jerome Foundation Grant in support of his feature film, American Thief

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DGA Student Film Awards

Miguel's Columbia University MFA Thesis Film, Devil's Work, wins the 2014 DGA Student Film Award for Best Latino Director.

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. 

 

NARRATIVE WORK

Devil's Work (Official Trailer - Full film available upon request.)

Rooftop Wars (Official Trailer - Full film available upon request.)

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AMERICAN THIEF (COMING SOON)

A teenage hacker is forced into hiding on the streets of lower Manhattan where his life depends on the decoding of a not-so-virtual reality. 

Developed and Produced by NoPort Films.

Proud recipient of The Jerome Foundation Feature Film Grant 2016.

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Devil's Work

A troubled 14-year-old boy grows increasingly isolated as he obsesses over the circumstances surrounding his father's death. His descent puts him on a dismal and potentially violent course that will lead to major truths and even greater questions.

Proud recipient of The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Short Film Production Grant 2013

Proud Winner of the 2014 DGA Student Film Award for Best Latino Student Director.

Semi-Finalist for the 2015 Student Academy Awards

Best of Fest Winner of The Tyre International Short Film Festival 2015 (Lebanon). 

Best Short Film Winner of the Rio de Janeiro International Uranium Film Festival 2016 (Brazil). 

Official Selection of The L.A. International Film Festival 2015 (USA)

Official Selection of The New Orleans International Film Festival 2015 (USA) 

Official Selection of The Woodstock Film Festival 2015 (USA)

Official Selection of The Athens Film and Video Festival 2015 (Greece)

Official Selection of The Monterrey International Film Festival 2015 (Mexico)

Official Selection of The 2016 G.I. Film Festival 2016 (USA)

Official Selection of The Berlin International Uranium Film Festival 2016 (Germany). 

 

Rooftop Wars 

A group of children steal away from their neighborhood street parade to wage a war on a rooftop.

Proud recipient of the IFP Chicago Production Fund Award 2008

Winner of Best Film at the San Antonio, Texas CineFestival 2010 (USA).

Official Selection of The HBO Latino New York Film Festival 2010 (USA) 

Official Selection of The Nashville Film Festival 2009 (USA).

Official Selection of The Austin Film Festival 2009 (USA)

Official Selection of Athens Film Festival 2009 (USA)

Official Selection of The Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival 2010 (Portugal)  

Official Selection of the Chicago International Latino Film Festival 2009 (USA)

Official Selection of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2009 (USA)

Official Selection of the Capital City Film Festival 2010 (USA)

Official Selection of the Waterfront Film Festival 2010 (USA)

Namibia, Brasil (Film Clip)

Miguel Silveira's Columbia College Chicago Undergraduate Thesis Film, Namibia, Brasil, is an award winning short film that screened at more than 35 film festivals including: The Cannes Film Festival 2007 (France), Odense Film Festival 2006 (Denmark), Chicago International Film Festival 2006 (USA), Chicago Children's Film Festival 2006 (USA), BAM Kids Film Festival 2006 (USA), Encounters Film Festival 2006 (UK), Cambridge Film Festival 2006 (UK), Nashville Film Festival 2006 (USA), Hollyshorts Film Festival 2006 (USA), Cinequest 2006 (USA), Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2007 (USA)

Winner of Best Cinematography at the Euroshorts Film Festival 2006 (Poland), Winner of Best Film at the Waterfront Film Festival 2006 (USA), Winner of Best Film at the Columbia College Big Screen Film Festival 2006 (USA), and Winner of Best Film at the Moondance Film Festival 2006 (USA). 

Namibia, Brasil was acquired for broadcast by ZDF and ARTE and distributed in French and German territories. 

DOCUMENTARY WORK

Rebel Music: Venezuela (Full Episode)

I Am A Visitor In Your World (Official Trailer)

Manbird (Full film)

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Rebel Music: Venezuela

The Venezuelan chapter of MTV’s documentary series “Rebel Music”.

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I Am a Visitor in your world

For years, a young woman keeps a 'cancer diary'. Her profound insights on life turns her ongoing pain into poetry… A feature length documentary.

Official Selection of the Woodstock Film Festival 2013. (USA)

Winner of Best Feature Documentary at the Athens International Film + Video Festival 2014. (USA)

Official Selection of the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2015. (Greece)

 

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ManBird

A poetic documentary about the folkloric "Pigeon Man" of Chicago's Lincoln Square.

Official selection of The Chicago International Film Festival 2010. (USA) 

 

FILM EDUCATION

 
  NARRATIVE FILM DIRECTING AND PRODUCTION FACULTY -  COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO     

NARRATIVE FILM DIRECTING AND PRODUCTION FACULTY - COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

 

  DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTING AND PRODUCTION FACULTY -  ESCUELA INTERNACIONAL DE CINE Y TELEVISION (CUBA)

DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTING AND PRODUCTION FACULTY - ESCUELA INTERNACIONAL DE CINE Y TELEVISION (CUBA)

 
  WORKSHOP TEACHER -  GHETTO FILM SCHOOL

WORKSHOP TEACHER - GHETTO FILM SCHOOL

  LAB IN NON-FICTION FILMMAKING TEACHER -  COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK

LAB IN NON-FICTION FILMMAKING TEACHER - COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK