Anatomy of a Reel

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‘Anatomy of a Reel’ is the Raindance Film Festival’s in-depth study of the process from script to screen. Join Mike Cahill as he discusses the actual process of making Raindance’s Opening Night Film: ‘I Origins’. The real-life traps and pitfalls, the tips and tricks learned from experience, the incredible new technology. The event includes reading of a section of the script and screening of the clip from the film itself, showcasing the transformation from concept to production to reality.

‘I Origins’ is Mike Cahill’s second feature. His first, ‘Another Earth’, opened the 2011 Raindance Film Festival. ‘I Origins’ received widespread critical acclaim when it premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, picking up the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, which recognises excellence in motion pictures depicting science and technology. The film follows the work of molecular biologist (Pitt) whose study of the human eye leads to far reaching implications about scientific and spiritual beliefs.


Mike Cahill 140 CROPMIKE CAHILL (Written and Directed by, Producer, Editor) was born July 5, 1979 in New Haven, Connecticut.   From a young age, Mike experimented with filmmaking on Fisher Price and VHS camcorders.  While studying Economics at Georgetown University, he bought a Hi8 camera from a pawnshop and taught himself to edit on Adobe Premiere.  Instead of pursuing a career in Economics, Cahill began working for National Geographic, first as an intern, but within a few months, he became the youngest field producer, editor, and cinematographer on the staff.  After several years filming sharks, turtles, and other sea life for the “Crittercam” series, Cahill moved to Cuba for a year to make the award-winning documentary, BOXERS AND BALLERINAS.  He later migrated to Los Angeles where he worked on various documentaries including the Sundance 2006 films, LEONARD COHEN I’M YOUR MAN and EVERYONE STARE: THE POLICE INSIDE OUT.

Cahill made his feature film debut as director and screenwriter with ANOTHER EARTH, a science fiction film about a parallel planet.  The film was a huge success at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize as well as the Special Jury Award at the festival.  His second feature I ORIGINS also won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Both films were distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Mike currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


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