Initial PGF Award: Film Graduate Scholarship, 2010
Mike Gibisser was born in 1981 in Newton, New Jersey. He studied filmmaking and writing at Emerson College in Boston, where he won the film award upon graduation. After shooting his first feature, Finally, Lillian and Dan, Mike completed his MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, winning the VCS Fellowship in 2009. He will be receiving his MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011.
Mike’s films have screened at several film festivals nationally and internationally, including AFI, Chicago International Film Festival, CineVegas, Starz Denver International Film Festival, Sundance, and the International Film Festival of Amsterdam. His first feature was named one of Best Undistributed Films of 2008 by indieWire’s Critic’s Poll.
A recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award, Mike’s thesis project, The Day of Two Noons, is a documentary/essay film that uses the coincidence of increasing temporal standardization in the late 19th century, and the discovery of Alzheimer’s at the turn of the 20th, as a frame through which to investigate contemporary experiences of time and memory.