Mitch is a film and stage director with credits the world over in theatre, film, opera and dance. He was a fellow in performance and design at the Juilliard School in New York and was the recipient of the first James Cameron Fellowship in Directing at the American Film Institute. There, he directed COLETTE, based on the French writer, and STALE IDENTITY, an homage to Hitchcock and film noir before embarking on SHADOWS, a multi-award winning exploration of love, family and the attraction of evil during the Holocaust. Most recently, he directed nine episodes of the new sit-com, LIVING & LEARNING for C/W in New York and the documentary feature film, HUNGRY IS THE TIGER, which utilizes traditional performance and explores the world food crisis, focusing on India and Indonesia. Mitch has written, produced and directed tributes to many of the world’s greatest cinema artists and directs the Spirit of Independence Award for Film Independent. He was the founding producer and host of the AFI’s Great Filmmakers series and the host of the Producers Forum at the Cannes Film Festival. Mitch moderates the annual Festivals and Markets panel for NALIP and has chaired or participated on panels focusing on almost every aspect of the art and craft of cinema and the performing arts. He regularly presents his workshop, Preparing Your Film for the Global Marketplace, around the world.
Mitch is also the founder of The Film Festival Group, a global consulting firm for festivals, filmmakers and distribution companies. He served as Executive Director and CEO of the Palm Springs International Film Festivals, produced the first Bahamas International Film Festival, the first International Emerging Talent Film Festival in Monaco and served for many years as the Production Director of the LA Film Festival. He recently produced tributes to Nicholas Cage, hosted by Sean Connery, to Clint Eastwood, hosted by Tony Bennett and Dustin Hoffman and to Don Cheadle, hosted by Halle Berry. His theatrical career took him to many of the world’s greatest theatres and opera houses. Before his career in the arts, Mitch could be found trodding the corridors of the United Nations in New York as a Special Representative to the United Nations Disarmament Programs and chairman of the World Conference on Disarmament.