Miguel Alvarez is an Austin-based filmmaker who has received awards from the Directors’ Guild of America, Panavision’s Emerging Filmmaker program, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund for his short films Tadpoles, Veterans, KID, and Mnemosyne Rising. He was selected as a Screenwriting Fellow for the 2013 Latino Screenwriting Project sponsored by Cinefestival and Sundance for his feature screenplay, La Perdida. His most recent project, the short film Atlantic City, was recently premiered at Aspen ShortsFest, and was chosen for the inaugural Kodak + Kickstarter Film Initiative. His short documentary, The Giant Still Sleeps, recently premiered on PBS and Washington Post Online. Miguel holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin, where he continues to lecture today.