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Michael Attie

Michael Attie

Documentary Film and Video


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

Famous 4A 

hd video
JUNE, 2009
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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.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

CILECT Prize -- First Place, Documentary, 2010
Nominee - IDA/David Wolper Award, 2009
Semi-Finalist, Angelus Awards, 2009
Jury Award - Best Short Film, Kos International Health Film Festival, 2010
Honorable Mention, Local Sightings - Northwest Film Forum, 2010
Audience Award, Red Hook Film Festival, 2010
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2010
Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, 2010

Mr. Mack's Kitchen 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2008
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To survive in Mr. Mack's kitchen you need respect, discipline and intense focus. Can the children of Lafeyette Elementary take the heat?

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best of the Northwest, Children's Film Festival, Seattle, 2010
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2010
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2010
Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series, 2010
REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, 2010
Red Hook International Film Festival, 2009
Cinequest Film Festival, 2009

circus is life 

digital video
Co-directed by Charlene Music
MARCH, 2008

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.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Dam Shorts Film Festival, 2009
Woods Hole Film Festival, 2008
Dam Shorts Film Festival, 2009
Encuentro Internacional de Escuelas de Cine, 2008

Bob's Knee 

16mm black and white film
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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."

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Director's Choice, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 2009
Jury Award - Best Short, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2009
Finalist, NextFrame: UFVA’s Touring Festival of International Student Film and Video, 2008
Finalist, WNET's Reel13 Online Shorts Competition, 2008
Children's Film Festival Seattle, 2010
Dam Short Film Festival, 2009
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2009
Silverdocs/AFI Discovery Channel Documentary Film Festival, 2008
SF Shorts, San Francisco International Festival of Short Films, 2008
Red Hook International Film Festival, 2008
Salt Lake Film Center's Sidewalk Cinema, 2008



June 13, 2009

Free and open to the public

June 10, 2008

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium
March 18, 2008

Free and open to the public.

December 11, 2007

This event is free and open to the public.