WRITER / DIRECTOR
Miska Draskoczy moved to NYC in the late nineties to co-found and art direct the media ruse NATOarts, a conceptual arts organization purporting to be funded by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In the spring of 2001, the federal government of Switzerland brought "NATOarts: A Retrospective" to Geneva where it was exhibited for an eight-week run.
Turning his efforts to film and animation, Miska directed several shorts including Golf Xpress, a short film about a psychotic golf pro (TromaDance, Best of Denver Underground Fest), Perfect Heat, and a surreal sci-fi film about anxiety (20+ festivals including SF IndieFest, Fantastic Fest, Cinequest, LA Shorts Fest). His latest short is the Rubik's Cube art video The Trick (Fantasia Fest). Miska's work has been profiled in ARTnews, i-D, UK Esquire, Wired, New York Press, and SHIFT among others. His first documentary project, Here's the Thing..., is a web series which profiles people through pictures of objects in their home and has reached over 275,000 views.
In 2002 Miska founded the production company snow23 where he has accumulated extensive experience in design and post production pursuing client projects as a director, FX artist, editor and animator. Some of Miska’s broad roster of clients include MTV, Microsoft, IBM, Porsche, Vogue, the International Center of Photography, Fila, Canon, Condé Nast and many of New York’s top ad agencies such as Grey Worldwide, Deutsch, Razorfish, Ogilvy & Mather and TBWA \ Chiat \ Day.
Miska has studied screenwriting and directing with noted teachers such as Judith Weston, Marilyn Horowitz, Ela Thier and Adrienne Weiss. His first feature film project, the fantasy / horror film Mister Gimp, is currently in development and a Slamdance 2010 screenplay competition semi-finalist.
Iris is a freelance producer based in New York City. She began her career as an intern at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a BA in Creative Writing, she was hired by the station's marketing production group as a production assistant. In addition to eventually producing local commercials during the day, Iris was a technical director and coordinating producer for a live sports call-in show, Sports Nite, and all Steelers football and Penguins hockey home games. In 2003, Iris moved back to New York to pursue work in independent film.
Iris quickly adapted her experience in TV to film, production managing NYU graduate short films such as "Twitch" which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival and was a finalist in the 32nd Annual Student Academy Awards. Her recent credits include "Pretty To Think So" (featuring James Kyson Lee; San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), "The Elephant King" (featuring Ellen Burstyn and Tate Ellington; Audience Award, Oxford Film Festival 2008), and "The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief" (Best Documentary Feature, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006).
Iris loves the spirit of independent film. She hopes to continue making films for years to come until she gets too old to work the long days.
Steven Shapiro has worked on dozens of film projects, primarily as a Line Producer and Assistant Director. Steven produced Alan Brown’s SUPERHEROES, distributed by IFC in 2008, and most recently line produced the feature film VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE, an adaptation of the novel by Paulo Coelho, the world-renowned Portuguese author most famous for the best selling novel, The Alchemist. Steven produced MY MOM AND DAD, winner of the Anarchy Award at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and line produced RED DOORS, winner of the "Made in New York" Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, starring Tzi Ma and Jacquelyn Kim as well as ORDER OF REDEMPTION, starring Tom Berenger, Busta Rhymes, and Armond Assante. Steven was also an Assistant Director on POINT & SHOOT, a 2004 Tribeca Film Festival feature film selection, and contributed to Alan Brown’s first feature, BOOK OF LOVE, a 2004 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition selection, starring Frances O’Connor, Simon Baker, Gregory Smith, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Steven has produced commercials and music videos for major brands and record labels, including Diet Pepsi, Hamilton Watches, Sony Taiwan, and Island Def Jam, and was previously a Senior Marketing Representative for a Fortune 500 company. He received his MBA in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, and currently lives in New York City.