Dan Mirvish

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Dan Mirvish
Born United States
Other names Martin Eisenstadt
Alma mater Washington University in St. Louis, USC
Occupation Filmmaker, author
Known for Slamdance Film Festival, Eisenstadt hoax
Website http://www.danmirvish.com

Dan Mirvish is an American filmmaker and author, best known as the co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival[1][2] and co-creator of the Martin Eisenstadt hoax during the 2008 Presidential election.[3][4] In 2009, he co-authored the satirical novel I Am Martin Eisenstadt: One Man's (Wildly Inappropriate) Adventures with the Last Republicans published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN 978-0-86547-914-2.[5] In 2016, Mirvish wrote the nonfiction book The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking, published by Focal Press and Routledge ISBN 978-1138185128[6] The phrase "cheerful subversive" comes from a New York Times article describing the original Slamdance filmmakers.[7][8]

Mirvish will be directing a film called Bernard and Huey, written by Oscar/Pulitzer/Obie-winner Jules Feiffer. Feiffer originally wrote the script in 1986 for the American cable channel Showtime, but it was never made. It is based on characters from Feiffer's eponymous Village Voice cartoon strip.[9] The film will star Jim Rash and the cast includes Sasha Alexander, Bellamy Young, Richard Kind, Keelin Woodell, Lauren Miller Rogen, Shelby Fero, Jake O’Connor, Jay Renshaw, Mae Whitman, David Koechner, Eka Darville, and Nancy Travis.[10]

Mirvish directed the film Between Us, based on the play of the same name by Joe Hortua. The four-person drama stars Taye Diggs, Melissa George, David Harbour and Julia Stiles. The original play premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club, and Hortua and Mirvish co-wrote the screenplay adaptation. The film version won the grand jury prize at the 2012 Bahamas International Film Festival,[11] and was the Closing Night Film at the 50th Annual Gijón International Film Festival in Spain.[12] The film had its world premiere at the Oldenburg International Film Festival, and also screened at such festivals as Athens International Film Festival, the Hamptons, Woodstock Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, and Whistler Film Festival.[13]

In 2004, Mirvish spearheaded the effort to get the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to reactivate their Best Original Musical Oscar category. In a controversial move, the Academy canceled the category after Mirvish and others submitted the requisite number of films, including two by Mirvish.[14]

Mirvish is widely credited as the discoverer of the Hathaway effect, which indicates that when actress Anne Hathaway is in the news, the share price for Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases.[15]

He was also a speechwriter for Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa.[16]

Mirvish's father, Dr. Sidney Mirvish, was a well-known cancer researcher at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.[17][18]


  • Between Us (2013)[13]
  • The Last Republican (2008)
  • Sheldon (2007)
  • The Few & the Proud (2007)
  • Half Empty (2006)
  • A Message from the President of Iran (2006)
  • Open House (2004)
  • Omaha (The Movie) (1994)[19]


  1. ^ Slamdance company profile Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Lyons, Charles (1999-02-07). "FILM; Is Success Seducing the Rebel Festival?". The New York Times (February 7). Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  3. ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard (2008-11-13). "A Senior Fellow at the Institute of Nonexistence". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  4. ^ "How Sarah Palin was Hoaxed" (BBC audio). BBC News. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  5. ^ Joshua Green. "True Lies". The Washington Monthly. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  6. ^ Nordine, Michael (2016-06-23). "Watch the Trailer for Slamdance Co-Founder's Book 'The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking'". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  7. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (1995-01-19). "Film Festival Finds Itself Swimming Near the Mainstream". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  8. ^ "20 Life-Saving Tips for Indie Filmmaking from the Co-Founder of Slamdance". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  9. ^ "Long-Lost Script by Pulitzer-Winning Writer Finally Headed to Screen After 29 Years". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  10. ^ Amanda N'Duka. "Jim Rash, Sasha Alexander, & More Round The Cast Of 'Bernard And Huey'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  11. ^ "Interview of the BIFF Winner: Dan Mirvish". Filmfestivals.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  12. ^ "Dan Mirvish le da un tono oscuro de comedia a la obra 'Between Us'". ElCommercio.es. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  13. ^ a b "Between Us" (IMDB Movie page). Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  14. ^ Welkos, Robert W. (2004-12-16). "No '04 Oscar for original musicals". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  15. ^ Alexis Madrigal (18 March 2011). "Does Anne Hathaway News Drive Berkshire Hathaway's Stock?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  16. ^ Argetsinger, Amy and Roxanne Roberts (2006-01-27). "On a Roll at Wendy's Window". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  17. ^ UNMC.edu Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Services today for Sidney Mirvish, Ph.D. | UNMC". www.unmc.edu. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  19. ^ Weinraub, Bernard. "Omaha (The Movie)" (New York Times movie summary). The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-13.