Mike Civille began his filmmaking career videotaping and editing highlight reels of the varsity hockey team at Delbarton (N.J.) in the late 1980s. Professionally, he began as a script supervisor and AD in 1997, before completing his directorial feature debut, The Deer & the Cheetah, in 2000. Directing both features and shorts, his 2005 short After June played at the Tribeca Film Festival, and his most recent feature, Only Mine (2019), is currently playing on Netflix.
Mike also fell in love with teaching filmmaking at Boston College, and by the mid-2000s, he decided to go back to school to earn an MFA in Film Studies and a PhD in American studies. After graduating, Mike became a research consultant for HBO’s historically based content from 2012-2015. He currently teaches film directing and film studies at the New York Film Academy in Burbank, CA. Mike lives in LA with his wife Hannah, their twin children, and their dog Max.
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