After graduating from Vassar College in 1999, Mike Attie dabbled in Internet marketing, advertising and even law school before finally landing in the wonderful world of documentary film. Prior to attending Stanford’s MFA in Documentary Film program, Mike worked as a production assistant and assistant editor for Academy Award-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond on films for HBO and PBS. While freelancing Mike worked on a few of his own projects including documentaries on a bicycle co-op, urban fishermen and Vietnam War reenacting. At Stanford he produced and directed films about aspiring circus performers, an elementary school cooking team, Victorian grieving, and an inventor trying to replicate the human walking motion. The latter film, Bob’s Knee, premiered at SilverDocs and went on to win awards at the Black Maria Film Festival and the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. Mike lives in Menlo Park with his wife Sarah and cats Eddie B and Lucy.
PIFVA Subsidy Grant, 2007
WYBE's Philadelphia Stories Grant, 2007
For patients living in "Famous 4A", the hospice unit at a Palo Alto Veteran's hospital, life goes on and even progresses. Famous 4A challenges stereotypes of aging and dying. It's about how we hold on to routines and still seek out humor, truth and purpose in the last moments of life.
circus is life is the story of the close ties of teenage friendship, on stage and off, and the hope that some things will never change.
Bob had a simple question: "How do we walk?" If you wanted to understand this problem what would you do? Read a book? Talk to a doctor or physiologist? But as Bob says, "the way to really know how something works is to make a model of it."