Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute
Directed "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Day."
Reteamed with White on "The Good Girl," starring Jennifer Aniston
Second feature, the digitally shot "Chuck & Buck", scripted by and starring Mike White; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "Star Maps"
Invited to participate in the Sundance Institute Writer's Lab; worked on a script "Ball and Chain" with Ron Nyswaner
Directed AFI thesis film "Lucky Peach"
Worked as a second camera assistant to Jonathan Demme on "Cousin Bobby"
Was location coordinator assistant on Sidney Lumet's "Q & A"
Short film, "Every Day is a Beautiful Day" premiered at Berlin Film Festival; also nominated for a student Academy Award
Raised in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica
"My goal was to make a personal film about the insane world of Hollywood. I wanted to show how extreme this culture really is from the point of view of people's dreams, expectations and their sexual perversions. These are dysfunctional people living in a melodramatic world." --Miguel Arteta
"As a Latino artist it is hard to live in Los Angeles without satirizing Hollywood and the racism inherent within." --Miguel Arteta
"I was very lucky. My car mechanic introduced me to Jonathan Demme, and I showed him one of my student films." --Arteta in Time Out New York, July 24-31, 1997.
"I've been a foreigner all my life, looking at cultures from the outside. I lived in San Juan 'til I was 13. Then we moved to Costa Rica when my father sold his auto-parts shop. Previously, he worked for Chrysler during the revolution in Cuba, and Che Guevara put him in jail for working for a U.S. company". --Arteta in in Time Out New York, July 24-31, 1997.
"I feel like there hasn't been a Latino independent voice out there. Robert Rodriguez is really a Hollywood director." --Miguel Arteta in in Time Out New York, July 24-31, 1997.
Was expelled from high school in Costa Rica.