I am a Los Angeles-based director and cinematographer. I was born in San Francisco, earned a BA in Art History from NYU, and an MFA in Directing and Cinematography from UCLA. PIGEON KINGS, my documentary debut, is a 2016 Pacific Pioneer Fund and Rogovy Foundation grantee, it received the 2013 Canon Filmmaker Award, participated in the 2013 Film Independent Documentary Lab and is currently being guided by IDA's Emerging Filmmaker Mentorship. THE AMAZING SONG, a music video I shot for Sesame Street's autism initiative, was nominated for a 2016 Emmy. I was a 2014 Berlinale Talent, and BELOW DREAMS, a narrative feature that I shot, premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at the New Orleans Film Festival. A short film I directed, JEAN-PAUL LUC SÉBASTIAN RENÉ, premiered at 2010 SXSW and I FEEL STUPID, another short I made, is a 2012 UCLA Spotlight Award Winner and was included in the 2013/2014 PBS series, Film School Shorts. I previously won the 2012 Panavision Award for my work in cinematography on THE BALLAD OF FINN + YETI, which premiered at Cannes 2012.



Milena Pastreich