Born in 1975 and raised in the United States, Ramin Bahrani received his BA from Columbia University in New York City before moving to his parents’ homeland of Iran for three years. There he made his student thesis film, Stranger (2000). Bahrani then spent some time in Paris before returning to the United States to begin work on his first feature film, Man Push Cart, which premiered in the 2005 Venice Film Festival and then screened at Sundance in 2006. The film won more than 10 international prizes, was released theatrically around the world, and was nominated for three Independent Spirit awards. Bahrani's second film, Chop Shop (2007), was produced by Lisa Muskat (George Washington) and Big Beach Films (Little Miss Sunshine) and premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Chop Shop then screened at Toronto (2007) and Berlin (2008) before being released theatrically to wide critical acclaim. In 2008 Bahrani was awarded the prestigious "Someone to Watch" Independent Spirit Award. He was also recently nominated for this year’s Spirit Award for Best Director for his work on Chop Shop. Goodbye Solo, his third feature film, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2008, and won the Critics’ Prize for Best Film.