Juris Kursietis was born in Latvia. He started his career at the age of 20, when he worked for the Latvian Television news department as foreign news correspondent. At that point he was also taking his first steps in longer feature stories or mini-documentaries. In the 15 minute slots that went on prime time TV, he developed and directed from character stories to journalistic investigations. After 6 years in television he turned to cinema. He went to the UK to do his masters in film directing at the Northern Media School. At the same time in 2007 and 2008 he worked as 1st assistant director on several feature films in Latvia and directed The Bicycle Story (2007). He graduated his film school with distinction and his graduation mid length film Rit Bus (Will Have It Tomorrow) received attention in the UK and Latvia. In 2008 he joined Red Dot Media, where since he has directed numerous TV commercials, directed full length documentaries, worked as a scriptwriter for feature films and shot his debut feature film Modris.
Source: Brussels Film Festival 2015