Miguel Arteta

Director
Miguel Arteta sometimes seemed to make it his life's work to transplant every mainstream comic star he could find to the fringes of indie cinema. Over the course of his career, he has plucked the likes of Jennifer ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1963 in San Juan, PR

Filmography

Director (21)

Enlightened 1999 - 2000, 2011 - 2012, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Famous in Love 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Director

Freaks and Geeks 1999 - 2000, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Getting On 1999 - 2000, 2011 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Snoops 1999 - 2000, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Every Day Is a Beautiful Day 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

House of Lies 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Nurse Jackie 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

The New Normal 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

American Horror Story 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Cedar Rapids 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

How to Make it in America 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

The Big C 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Youth in Revolt 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Office 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Six Feet Under 2001 - 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Are you the Favorite Person of Anybody? 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Good Girl 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Chuck and Buck 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Star Maps 1997 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (4)

Digging for Fire 2015 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Youth in Revolt 2010 (Movie)

Illegal Immigrant #2 (Actor)

In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

Globecom Technician (Actor)

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

We Are the Mods 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Motel 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Star Maps 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Star Maps 1997 (Movie)

(From Story)
Production Management (1)

Q&A 1990 (Movie)

location coordinator assistant (Location Assistant)

Biography

Miguel Arteta sometimes seemed to make it his life's work to transplant every mainstream comic star he could find to the fringes of indie cinema. Over the course of his career, he has plucked the likes of Jennifer Aniston (with whom he worked in "The Good Girl"), Michael Cera ("Youth in Revolt"), and Ed Helms ("Cedar Rapids") from their thrones at the head of contemporaneous pop culture and given them all weirder, darker, and more original material than they had yet to see. In directing big screen black comedies or offbeat television series, Arteta established himself as a unique voice living right on the ledge of the zeitgeist.

Relationships

Father
owned auto parts shop in Puerto Rico Peruvian

Mother
Spanish

EDUCATION

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut 1989

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles, California 1993

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
studied in the documentary program; attended for two years before transferring to Wesleyan

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1990

Milestones

2014

Directed "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Day."

2002

Reteamed with White on "The Good Girl," starring Jennifer Aniston

2000

Second feature, the digitally shot "Chuck & Buck", scripted by and starring Mike White; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

1997

Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "Star Maps"

1996

Invited to participate in the Sundance Institute Writer's Lab; worked on a script "Ball and Chain" with Ron Nyswaner

1993

Directed AFI thesis film "Lucky Peach"

1991

Worked as a second camera assistant to Jonathan Demme on "Cousin Bobby"

1990

Was location coordinator assistant on Sidney Lumet's "Q & A"

1990

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

Bonus Trivia

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Was expelled from high school in Costa Rica.

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Attended Wesleyan University with writer/actor Mike White, with whom he'd collaborate on "Chuck & Buck" (2000), "The Good Girl" (2002), and "Enlightened" (HBO 2011-13).

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