Miguel Angel Durán is a distinguished writer/director with a diverse body of work spanning documentaries, films, and branded content. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, he is committed to telling stories from the Latino perspective and has made it his mission to captivate his audiences with his compelling storytelling.
At a young age of 23, he directed his first feature-length documentary, "Unrest," which focuses on the tumultuous founding of the first Chicana/o Studies Department in the US. Miguel's talent for documentary filmmaking continued to shine through his next project, "The Valley in The Struggle," a powerful thirty-minute documentary that chronicles the UFW's fight for farmworker justice in the late 1960s, narrated by acclaimed actor Jacob Vargas.
In 2020, he released "Immigrant Voices of America," an award-winning eight-episode documentary series that won the Jury Award for Best Episodic Documentary at the 2020 Bentonville Film Festival.
After a decade in the documentary space, Miguel has expanded his portfolio to include narrative work. His pilot for "A Mother's Love" placed as a semi-finalist in the 2021 ScreenCraft's TV Pilot Script Competition. Additionally, his feature-length script, "Viva el Rock!," is currently trending on The Black List.
In 2022, Miguel was appointed as the Head of Production at Avenida Studios, a Latino-owned movie studio revolutionizing Hollywood by empowering independent filmmakers. That same year, he was selected as a fellow for LALIFF's x Netflix Inclusion Fellowship and awarded a production grant to produce a short film, which premiered at LALIFF 2023.
Aside from his filmmaking prowess, Miguel has also shared his knowledge and experience by participating in education and filmmaking panels across the US, from Los Angeles to Boston to Toronto, Canada. He has also taught documentary production courses at Cal State University Northridge, where he has inspired and trained the next generation of filmmakers.
Regardless of the genre or format, Miguel's ultimate goal is to create powerful stories that resonate with audiences and leave a lasting impact.