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Miranda Yousef was born in Boston, MA to Egyptian parents. She inherited her irrational love of film from her father, who cut class in school to go watch Italian comedies, and later introduced Miranda to the brilliance of Charlie Chaplin. After receiving her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard, she lived abroad, shooting her first short film in Singapore before moving to Los Angeles to attend the M.F.A. Directing program at UCLA. She has written and directed several narrative shorts, including "Messenger" and "The Delivery," which have screened at festivals across the country.

Miranda has dedicated herself to the craft of directing by working in theater as well as film. In her second year of film school she was selected by the UCLA Theater, Film and Television faculty to direct the world premiere of Ben Lamoso's political dramedy "Holy War and the Headless Horseman" for the Francis Ford Coppola One-Act Play Festival. In 2005, she garnered critical acclaim for her direction of the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble's world premiere of "American Monsters 2," a suite of twisted fairy tales tied together with a dark, Biblical thread. LA WEEKLY wrote, "Director Miranda Yousef gives [the plays] a solid production, with ominous musical backupů and skillful performances," while ENTERTAINMENT TODAY praised the direction's "stylized expertise."

Outside of school, Miranda has worked for the Sundance Film Festival's programming department for the past four years. She is currently assistant editing a feature documentary, while editing her graduate thesis film, "Collectibles," a short comedy about a little girl who receives a gorgeous doll for Christmas, but is forbidden to open the box because it's a collectible. She is very grateful to her parents for their support, and hopes "Collectibles" will ease her father's remorse at having passed on his singularly unprofitable love of movies.

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