Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia are US Rockefeller Fellows in film, 2012. They were also named one of the 25 faces of independent Film by Filmmakers Magazine in 2011.
Rania Attieh is from Tripoli, Lebanon. She has received her MFA in Media Art Production as a writer/ director of Fiction from the City College of New York. She is currently working on a documentary collaboration with filmmaker Marie Losier as part of CPH-‐DOX LAB in Copenhagen. She is an adjunct professor of film aesthetics at NYU Tisch Graduate School of the Arts.
Besides a thirteen-‐year creative partnership and a career in visual arts, Rania and Daniel, have co-‐written, co-‐directed and co-‐edited and produced many films to date.
On past productions they had worked mostly with non-‐professional actors, and no crew, filling most creative and technical positions even through post-‐production and finishing. Their films have screened at the Forum de Images in France, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the MoMA, the Walker Art Center, and many prestigious film festivals around the world. Their early short films screened in many festivals and won them many awards.
“Ok, Enough, Goodbye”, 2011, their feature film debut has received many supporting grants (CINEREACH, SANAD) and garnered rave reviews (Variety, Hollywood reporter, Cahiers du Cinema, Reuters) and Best New Director from the Arab World in Abu Dhabi Film Fest, A Jury Prize in San Francisco IFF, Torino FF, Buenos Aires (BAFICI), Philadelphia and Belfort.
They have also established a fine art career that has its roots in street art and graffiti, which has led to gallery shows all over the world (London, L.A, NYC, and Miami) as well as to commissioned work for the NBA, and the Eames Foundation. They were commissioned by the Sharjah Art Biennial to make the short film “Short Scenes from a Long Marriage” dealing with Egypt recent people’s revolution. Their latest video piece “Confetti” was on view at the Tate Modern in London as part of an invitation and collaboration with the artist Olafur Eliasson. Rania and Daniel work and live in Brooklyn, NY.