Mitchell Altieri began his film career at the age of 19 when he wrote and directed the short film ‘King’s River,’ which earned him a Bay Area Cable Excellence Award. From there, he went on to produce national print ads with such clients as Levi’s, Verizon Wireless, Kodak, Pringles, and Zenith TV and won The Communication Arts Award of Excellence for Writing.
Mitchell returned to cinema by writing and directing his first feature film ‘Lurking in Suburbia.’ The well-received comedy was discovered by Sundance Senior Programmer Trevor Groth and went on to become a festival hit domestically and internationally. Ryko Entertainment nationally released the film in 2006.
Next, Mitchell and long time film partner Phil Flores created their filmmaking alter egos The Butcher Brothers. Their first film ‘The Hamilton’s was the highly acclaimed award winner of the Santa Barbara and the Malibu International Film Festivals. Soon after, Lions Gate Films released the psychological horror film theatrically, which debuted #10 at the Box Office as part of the popular ‘8 Films To Die For’ series.
Through the success of ‘The Hamiltons,’ which globally has become an instant cult classic, The Butcher Brothers were hired to direct the studio remake of the 80’s horror classic ‘April Fools Day’ by Sony Pictures in 2007. The film was released in early 2008.
The Butcher Brothers then teamed up with the producers of ‘Halloween’ and ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and wrote and directed the independent film ‘The Violent Kind.’ The film received an invitation to have its world premiere at the Sundance film festival and has been listed as one of the top 10 most anticipated horror films of 2010 by multiple movie outlets and websites.