Daniel Ragussis grew up in Washington DC, where he received his BA from Georgetown University, graduated fourth in his class, and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. He recently completed his MFA at Columbia University, and won a Sloan Production Grant for his thesis film, HABER. The film was an official selection at the Telluride Film Festival; it also won the Best of Fest award at LA Shorts (officially qualifying it for the 2009 Academy Awards), the National Board of Review Motion Pictures Award, and numerous other awards. The film has also been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Daily Variety. He has three feature scripts in development: one about Haber, featuring his friendship with the young Albert Einstein; the second about the young Sigmund Freud (which won the $20,000 Grand Prize at the 2009 Screenwriting Expo); and the third, a disaster movie about the stock market crash of 1929.
The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund | 2010