With over fifteen years of experience as a writer, director and cinematographer Mikael Kreuzriegler has worked across multiple genres, including features, music videos and broadcast commercials.
Recent works as director include the short thriller THE INTRUDER which screened at film festivals worldwide, and the 2012 feature THE GODS OF GARBAGE, a supernatural amour fou based on Austrian dramatist Peter Turrini's scandalous debut play ROZZNJOGD (RAT CHASE). THE GODS OF GARBAGE is the recipient of the UFVA Award of Merit for Best Fiction Film in 2013. Mikael is currently in post production on a feature film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic HEDDA GABLER. Other current feature projects include an adaptation of Shakespeare’s OTHELLO.
His work first found attention by the American Academy of Television Arts with a Student Emmy for his short SWAY, and at the Talent Campus program of the Berlinale Film Festival. Mikael's work often deals with protagonists torn between social norms and personal fulfillment, characters that are searching for meaning in their lives.
Since 2003 he has been involved in teaching film directing as a full time faculty member, since 2009 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Mikael earned a Masters Degree (Mag. phil.) in German Literature, Theater Studies, and Philosophy from the University of Vienna, Austria, and went on to complete an MFA in directing at USC Film school in Los Angeles.