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Monty Miranda is an American film director. His first feature film, Skills Like This, won the Best Narrative Feature Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival. The film released theatrically on March 20, 2009, on DVD November 17, 2009 and premiered on Starz, the premium cable television channel on December 31, 2009.
Skills Like This screened worldwide on the film festival circuit prior to its American theatrical release by Shadow Distribution in 2009. The film received positive reviews from publications ranging from The New York Times and Variety to Salon.com. In her review for The New York Times, Jeanette Catsoulis wrote, "the offbeat chemistry of the cast, along with Monty Miranda's eye-catching direction...make all the difference... Drawing much of its energy from an eclectic and fully integrated soundtrack, "Skills Like This" gazes indulgently on 20-something aimlessness and the comfort of assigned roles. In Mr. Miranda's hands sloth can be more appealing than you might think." Variety further stated that the main characters of Skills Like This showed "considerable intelligence and chemistry" in addition to calling the film "deftly directed" and from Salon Andrew O'Heir reviewed Skills Like This as "Cheerfully anarchic ... indescribably genuine." New Video Group, reviewing the DVD, said the film "bristles with rock'n'roll energy—underscored by the sounds of Denver's music scene". The film screened in theatrical release for four months.
Following graduation from the University of Colorado where he studied Film and Journalism, Monty Miranda founded the commercial production company Incite Films which launched his directing career. Miranda's producer on Skills Like This was the documentary Academy Award winner Donna Dewey.
Miranda's work is known for its diverse use of music and keen sense of comedy. He has directed commercials for companies including TiVo, McDonald's and Redbox, as well as writing and directing the launch promotions for BET Movies (now Starz inBlack). His work has additionally been recognised by the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, the CLIO's, the Effie Award, the Addy's, BBC's Most Outrageous Commercials, the Broadcast Design Association and FOX's World's Funniest Commercials. His award-winning political spots have been featured in the national press. CNN, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post praised the ads for their innovative approach and contribution to a landslide upset victory by brew master restaurateur and political neophyte John Hickenlooper, helping him to win the Denver mayor's office by the largest margin in history.
Awards and nominations
- SXSW Film Festival – Best Narrative Feature Audience Award
- Edinburgh International Film Festival – Best of the Fest
- Warsaw International Film Festival – "Free Spirit" Special Jury Award Nomination
- Jacksonville Film Festival – Jury Prize Award for Best USA Feature Narrative
- The Rocky Mountain News "Top 25 Movers and Shakers Art, Entertainment, and Culture, 2008"
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- Catsoulis, Jeannette (March 20, 2009). "20-something Sloth and Larceny". The New York Times. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "Brewpub owner Hickenlooper is elected mayor of Denver". Modern Brewery Age. 2003.
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- "Film News | SXSW 2013". Sxsw.com. October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
- Natalie J. Damschroder (April 9, 2009). "Indulge Yourself: Skills Like This". Nataliedamschroder.blogspot.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
- "Awards for Skills Like This". IMDb.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
- "JAXFILMFEST | Jacksonville, FL". Filmfestival.jacksonville.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
- "Denver's Top 25 movers and shakers in Arts, Culture and Entertainment : More Entertainment". The Rocky Mountain News. October 3, 2008. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
- IndieWire Interview
- San Francisco Chronicle
- Film Click Interview
- Radio Alice
- Movie Web Interview
- Killer Film