Milena Pastreich is a Los Angeles-based German-American filmmaker and a proud alumna of Berlinale Talents, Film Independent, Women at Sundance, and Women in Film.

Pigeon Kings, her directorial feature debut, is a character driven verité documentary about men in South Central LA who are devoted to somersaulting pigeons. It premiered at Seattle International Film Festival. She previously received the UCLA Spotlight Award for I Feel Stupid, a slice of life, coming-of-age short, about the awkward sexually charged silence of teenage life. The film aired on PBS and was featured on Short of the Week. Jean-Paul Luc Sébastien René, a short she made about two middle aged besties sunbathing on their living room floor, premiered at SXSW.

Milena also loves DPing and is honored to have shot Emmy-nominated films that have screened at festivals such as Cannes and Tribeca. She was awarded Best Cinematography at the New Orleans Film Festival for Below Dreams and received the Panavision Award for The Ballad of Finn + Yeti. 

Born and raised in San Francisco, she earned a BA in Art History from NYU and an MFA in Directing and Cinematography from UCLA.



Milena Pastreich