School of Visual Arts
Releases critically-acclaimed drama "Kill the Messenger," based on a real-life 1980s incident.
Directed pilot and several episodes of CBS mystery series ″Elementary″ starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes.
Directed the pilot and several episodes of the Showtime drama thriller "Homeland" with Claire Danes; also executive produced
Returned to directing features with the drama "Roadie"; also co-wrote with brother Gerald
Helmed the CBS TV-movie "Babylon Fields," co-written by his brother Gerald
Directed several episodes (including the pilot) of the Showtime crime drama "Dexter"; series starred "Six Feet Under's" Michael C. Hall
Directed sophomore feature "Twelve and Holding"; nominated for the John Cassavetes Award (Independent Spirit Awards)
Directed several episodes of the HBO drama "Six Feet Under"
Feature film directorial debut "L.I.E"; chosen for the Dramatic Competition for the 2001 Sundance Film Festival; also co-wrote screenplay with brother Gerald and Stephen M. Ryder and served as one of the producers
Began writing script for what eventually became his feature debut "L.I.E."
Made transition to filmmaking, shooting tabletop work for the now-defunct London-based Jennie & Co.
During summers worked in Puerto Rico as a newspaper intern and photojournalist for El Nuevo Dia in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Attended School of Visual Arts in NYC
Raised in Dix Hills, NY
Opened own photography shop, Michael Cuesta Studio; shot print commercials for clients like Coca-Cola and Dupont
Worked as a photographer's assistant
Shot numerous commercials
After six months, moved to A+R New York