Arteta was honored the 2001 Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature (under $500,000) for the highly acclaimed CHUCK & BUCK which first teamed Arteta with THE GOOD GIRL writer Mike White. Starring White, CHUCK & BUCK premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Arteta came to prominence in 1997 with his feature debut STAR MAPS. Lauded by critics and audiences alike, STAR MAPS was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures and garnered five Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.
Arteta made his network television debut directing an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street and has since directed episodes of Ugly Betty, The Office, Freaks and Geeks, Six Feet Under and the ABC pilot Elizabeth Street, which was produced by Martin Scorsese and Barbara De Fina.
After graduating from Wesleyan University, Arteta received an MFA from American Film Institute in 1993. His musical EVERY DAY IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 1990. He attended the 1996 Sundance Institute Writer's Lab to work on Ball and Chain, a script he co-wrote with Ron Nyswaner (PHILADELPHIA). Arteta returned to Sundance in 2005 with his short Are You The Favorite Person Of Anybody, written by Miranda July and starring July, Mike White and John C. Reilly.
Arteta is currently in pre-production on CEDAR RAPIDS, which will star Ed Helms.
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