Young Harvard-educated director of music videos (Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative", Elton John's "Sacrifice" and Vanessa Williams's "He's Got the Look") selected by pop diva Madonna to helm a feature-len...
Moved to Boston and then Manchester, New Hampshire
Directed first documentary feature, "Truth or Dare" (after originally scheduled director David Fincher dropped out), featuring Madonna during her Blond Ambition tour
Toured nationally with American Children's Theater
Acted at Harvard; also directed Harvard's Experimental Theater beginning sophomore year
Began playing violin at age five (date approximate)
Staged senior thesis project, a pop opera adaptation of "Wuthering Heights" (using music by Kate Bush, Billy Idol and Madonna), at the American Repertory Theater on a budget of $2,000
Helmed a commercial for the Japanese soft drink Love Body, featuring actress Heather Graham
Reunited with Madonna to co-write the screenplay for period drama "W.E."; Madonna directed film
Reteamed with Madonna for a commercial for Max Factor cosmetics shown in the U.K.
Directed TV commercials for Volkswagen, Coca-Cola and other projects
Began ballet dancing at St. Paul's School; also directed theater
Wrote and directed the romantic comedy "Love and Other Disasters," starring Brittany Murphy
Young Harvard-educated director of music videos (Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative", Elton John's "Sacrifice" and Vanessa Williams's "He's Got the Look") selected by pop diva Madonna to helm a feature-length documentary about her four-month Blond Ambition Tour. "Truth or Dare: On the Road, Behind the Scenes, and in Bed With Madonna" (1991) marked Keshishian's feature debut. Given complete access to the star's most intimate moments, he fashioned a controversial yet intelligent film that aroused curiosity about its sexually explicit exhibitionism even before its debut at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Keshishian's first fiction film, "With Honors" (1994), starred Joe Pesci as a homeless man who teaches a few Harvard students the meaning of life.
St Paul's Preparatory School
Boston Conservatory of Music and Drama
Sorbonne, University of Paris
Keshishian was offered positions with both the Joffrey and NYC Ballets during a summer scholarship study at NYC Ballet's School of American Ballet.
The opera "Wuthering Heights" Keshishian staged at Harvard was the first senior thesis allowed in the form of a theater piece.
Keshishian's thesis was shown to Madonna by CAA agents and he was subsequently invited to shoot her concert documentary "Truth or Dare."
"Seeing it was better than five years of psychoanalysis. It was overwhelming to see how much did happen, how much responsibility I did have. I was exhausted more than anything. I was drained. I also liked myself a lot more than I had in the past. I didn't think I was so awful. I learned to love myself. Everybody should make documentaries about themselves." – Madonna on Keshishian's "Truth or Dare" in Rolling Stone, May 16, 1991