Tim McCann (director)

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Tim McCann
Born (1965-06-21) June 21, 1965 (age 56)
Spring Valley, New York, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film producer

Tim McCann (born June 21, 1965) [1] is an American film director and a professor of film at his alma mater, the State University of New York at Purchase.



McCann was born in Spring Valley, New York, [2] and grew up in Nyack, New York. His parents divorced when he was 3. At 15, McCann wanted to make films, and in 1987 graduated from the film school at the State University of New York at Purchase. He then spent four years in Brooklyn, New York City, working odd jobs and directing low-budget commercials. By early 1996, he was an audio-visual specialist at the Chappaqua Library, in Chappaqua, New York. [1]

He directed his first feature, Desolation Angels , in 1995, made on a budget of $42,000. [1] The film, which starred Michael Rodrick, premiered at the 1995 Telluride Film Festival. [1] [3] It then won the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) at the Toronto International Film Festival, [4] and was accepted to the Rotterdam Film Festival. [1]


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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Costello, Ann (May 5, 1996). "Film Wins Many Accolades But Few Rewards for Maker". The New York Times . Archived from the original on May 26, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2016. Mr. Demme was host to a private screening of 'Desolation Angels' last summer.... The date was June 21, Mr. McCann's 30th birthday. Note: Source says, "Mr. McCann won the top prize, the Merchant/Ivory Award, in October after his movie had its premiere before packed audiences in Telluride." The 1995 Telluride Film Festival was held in September 1995 and has no "Merchant/Ivory Award".
  2. "About". Tim McCann official site. Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  3. "Film Programs: 1995 Telluride Film Festival". FilmScout.com. Archived from the original on October 18, 2006. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  4. "Awards > '90s". FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique / The International Federation of Film Critics). Archived from the original on September 13, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2016.