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Birth Place: Lebanon Profession: director, screenwriter, singer, actor, dancer, violinist

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Young Harvard-educated director of music videos (Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative", Elton John's "Sacrifice" and Vanessa Williams's "He's Got the Look") selected by pop diva Madonna to helm a feature-length documentary about her four-month Blond Ambition Tour. "Truth or Dare: On the Road, Behind the Scenes, and in Bed With Madonna" (1991) marked Keshishian's feature debut. Given complete access to the star's most intimate moments, he fashioned a controversial yet intelligent film that aroused curiosity about its sexually explicit exhibitionism even before its debut at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Keshishian's first fiction film, "With Honors" (1994), starred Joe Pesci as a homeless man who teaches a few Harvard students the meaning of life.

Young Harvard-educated director of music videos (Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative", Elton John's "Sacrifice" and Vanessa Williams's "He's Got the Look") selected by pop diva Madonna to helm a feature-length documentary about her four-month Blond Ambition Tour. "Truth or Dare: On the Road, Behind the Scenes, and in Bed With Madonna" (1991) marked Keshishian's feature debut. Given complete access to the star's most intimate moments, he fashioned a controversial yet intelligent film that aroused curiosity about its sexually explicit exhibitionism even before its debut at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Keshishian's first fiction film, "With Honors" (1994), starred Joe Pesci as a homeless man who teaches a few Harvard students the meaning of life.

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  With Honors (1994) Director
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  Truth Or Dare (1991) Director
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  MTV's 10th Anniversary Special (1991) Segment Director ("Happy Anniversary To M From M")

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Moved to Boston and then Manchester, New Hampshire
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Began playing violin at age five (date approximate)
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Toured nationally with American Children's Theater
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Sang lead roles with Boston Lyric Opera
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Began ballet dancing at St. Paul's School; also directed theater
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Acted at Harvard; also directed Harvard's Experimental Theater beginning sophomore year
1986:
Staged senior thesis project, a pop opera adaptation of "Wuthering Heights" (using music by Kate Bush, Billy Idol and Madonna), at the American Repertory Theater on a budget of $2,000
1991:
Directed first documentary feature, "Truth or Dare" (after originally scheduled director David Fincher dropped out), featuring Madonna during her Blond Ambition tour
1994:
Directed first fiction film, "With Honors"
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Directed TV commercials for Volkswagen, Coca-Cola and other projects
1999:
Reteamed with Madonna for a commercial for Max Factor cosmetics shown in the U.K.
2001:
Helmed a commercial for the Japanese soft drink Love Body, featuring actress Heather Graham
2006:
Wrote and directed the romantic comedy "Love and Other Disasters," starring Brittany Murphy
2011:
Reunited with Madonna to co-write the screenplay for period drama "W.E."; Madonna directed film
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Education

St Paul's Preparatory School: Concord , New Hampshire -
Sorbonne, University of Paris: -
Boston Conservatory of Music and Drama: Boston , Massachusetts -
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1986

Notes

Keshishian was offered positions with both the Joffrey and NYC Ballets during a summer scholarship study at NYC Ballet's School of American Ballet.

The opera "Wuthering Heights" Keshishian staged at Harvard was the first senior thesis allowed in the form of a theater piece.

Keshishian's thesis was shown to Madonna by CAA agents and he was subsequently invited to shoot her concert documentary "Truth or Dare".

"Seeing it was better than five years of psychoanalysis. It was overwhelming to see how much did happpen, how much responsibility I did have. I was exhausted more than anything. I was drained. I also liked myself a lot more than I had in the past. I didn't think I was so awful. I learned to love myself. Everybody should make documentaries about themselves." --Madonna on Keshishian's "Truth or Dare" in ROLLING STONE, May 16, 1991

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