Nirvan is an LA based filmmaker, speaker, creative consultant and social-entrepreneur.
Nirvan began teaching himself film and animation while studying philosophy at New College. He went on to earn an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts. Nirvan's animated short films The Box Man and The Three of Us have screened in festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards. In 2001, Nirvan began a groundbreaking collaborative experiment called The 1 Second Film, which is among the first crowdfunded films. In 2012, Nirvan directed Caine's Arcade, an 11-minute short film that became a viral phenomenon, receiving over 8 million views, and sparked a global movement of cardboard creativity in kids around the world. Inspired by the response to Caine's Arcade, Nirvan founded the non-profit Imagination Foundation to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in kids worldwide. The Imagination Foundation's Global Cardboard Challenge engages over 100,000 kids in creative play each year, in over 50 countries. Nirvan has received the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award and the Innovation in Action award, and is a popular speaker. Nirvan currently serves on the board of the Imagination Foundation and CicLAvia, and is in production on a feature-length documentary called Larry's Lawnchair.
Read about Nirvan in the New Yorker: The Perfect Moment Goes Perfectly Viral