Director BIO: Mischa Livingstone (CUBICLE)

Director Biography – Mischa Livingstone

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Director Mischa Livingstone’s award-winning films have screened at festivals worldwide and been added to the Smithsonian permanent collection. Festival screenings include the Berlin Intl. Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Seattle Intl. Film Festival, and Cinequest (Viewers’ Voice Award winner).

Mischa was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to Israel as a child. He studied at the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts before serving in the Israel Defense Forces and later moving to the United States. Studying at UCLA, he received a BA in Film Production (summa cum laude) and an MFA in Screenwriting. He is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus.

In addition to filmmaking, Mischa teaches film production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

 

Director Statement

 

Sometimes you have to seize an opportunity.

One day at work I happened to wander into an area of the third floor that I hadn’t been in before. Lo and behold, I discovered a recently abandoned office space looking like something out of the apocalypse. I had this immediate sense of hypocrisy, sensing the gulf between what such a large workspace promises (success, money, stability), alongside the reality of a business overextending itself and making false claims.

I knew I had to shoot something, and quickly. I gathered together my favorite collaborators, all of whom I knew would be game for anything, and set about making the
short film “Cubicle”, which expresses my sense of condemnation for shady practices that are rampant in the business world, albeit with a wink and smile.

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