Damian John Harper was born in 1978 in Colorado/USA. After receiving his degree in Anthropology, he worked as an Ethnologist in Southern Mexico before studying Film Directing at the University of Television and Film in Munich. His graduation short film TEARDROP won numerous awards in over 50 festival competitions around the world. His feature debut LOS ÁNGELES participated in the Berlinale Talents Project Market, premiered at the Berlinale in 2014, and won him the German First Steps Award. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIVER, developed in the Cannes Cinéfondation, is his second fiction feature.