Born in San Francisco, Milena Pastreich currently lives in Los Angeles where she directs and shoots films. After earning her BA in Art History from NYU and establishing herself as a documentary photographer, she began her filmmaking career with Trigger Happy Productions while living in Berlin from 2004 to 2007. From 2008 to 2012 she attended UCLA Film School and graduated with an MFA in Directing and Cinematography. Her thesis film, I Feel Stupid, is a 2012 UCLA Spotlight Award Winner. Her short film Jean-Paul Luc Sebastien Rene screened at South by Southwest and she won the 2012 Panavision Award for her work in cinematography on the Cannes favorite The Ballad of Finn + Yeti.
In addition, she is the recipient of the 2010 Edie and Lew Wasserman Film Production Fellowship, the 2009 and 2008 Motion Picture Association of America Award, and the 2008 Women in Film Foundation/ Loreen Arbus Fellowship in Cinematography.
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- Learn more about Milena’s documentary Birdmen at milenapastreich.com