Mitch McCabe

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Detroiter Mitch McCabe has been running around with one camera or another since early adolescence. She studied filmmaking and literature at Harvard University, where she received the Mary Agassiz Arts Award and Hoopes Prize for thesis film Playing the Part which won the Academy Award for best student documentary, the New England Film Festival Short Film Award, Hamptons Student Award and Special Jury Prize at Ann Arbor Film Festival. In addition, it screened at over fifty festivals world wide, including the Sundance Film Festival and New Directors/ New Films at the Museum of Modern Art, and had successful theatrical runs in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. McCabe began the MFA program at NYU Graduate Film School in 1998, where she receievd the Tisch School of the Arts Brillstein Scholarship. In 1999 McCabe began a series of three films surrounding the sudden death of her father, beginning with the two experimental documentary, September 5:10pm, which premiered at the 37th New York Film Festival at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts to rave reviews in the Village Voice and New Republic. Nominated for the 2000 Academy Award in the student division and garnering a Best Documentary Award at the Big Muddy Film Festival, September 5:10pm was broadcast on PBS as part of the Reel New York series and went on to screen at festivals world-wide. The second film in the series, The Longest Night, was awarded the 2000 Princess Grace Award from the Princess Grace Foundation and in 2003 was made into a "featurette" film, This Corrosion, which had its European premiere at the Norwegian Film Festival as "the festival's most unique film." In 2004 the third film, Highway 403, Mile 39 received a finishing fund grant from the Experimental TV Center, was nominated for an Academy Award in the student category and will premiere at the 42nd New York Film Festival. McCabe has recently been the recipient of two fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, and the Djerassai Foundation. She resides in Brooklyn, heading up her own production company Chipped Nail Polish Productions and freelances as an editor, director and general master of geeky software. Currently she is at work on a number of projects: the personal documenatries Stalking Igmar and My Mother's Beauty Cream, (a follow-up to Playing the Part); The Night They Quit Being Goth (a mockumentary based on This Corrosion); and two narrative feature films, Frosted Blonde with Dark Roots and The Break Up Tape.