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Academy Award Nominated Director Darren Aronofsky was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His most recent film, BLACK SWAN, won Natalie Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress and received four other nominations, including one for Best Picture. The film received scores of other accolades, appeared on over 200 critical Top Ten lists, and swept the 2011 Independent Spirit Award with wins...
Davis Guggenheim is a critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning director and producer, whose early work includes many television dramas such as Deadwood, NYPD Blue and 24. He transitioned into directing non-fiction films with The First Year, which aired on PBS in 2001 and won a Peabody Award. An Inconvenient Truth, featuring former Vice President Al Gore, was theatrically distributed by...
With the television hits The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy, and movies like The Flamingo Kid, Beaches, Pretty Woman, and The Princess Diaries under his belt, Garry Marshall has been among the most successful writers, directors, and producers in America for more than five decades. Garry is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, the...
Television and film director GREG YAITANES has directed over 100 hours of television’s top shows including LOST, HEROES, and GREY’S ANATOMY. His Emmy Award came in 2008 as a result of his work on HOUSE, M.D., one of the most popular and beloved shows worldwide. Currently, Greg is the showrunner for Alan Ball’s upcoming show BANSHEE, slated to premiere on Cinemax in January 2013. In addition...
Born in Canada, James Cameron moved to California in 1971 at the age of 17. He studied physics at Fullerton Junior College while working as a machinist, and later a truck driver. Setting his sights on a career in film, Cameron quit his trucking job and went to work on low-budget science fiction films as a self-taught designer and visual effects artist. In 1984, his first directed film...
J.J. Abrams is the founder and president of Bad Robot Productions, which he runs with his producing partner Bryan Burk. Formed in 2001, Bad Robot is partnered with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios and has produced films and television series such as "Cloverfield," "Star Trek," "Morning Glory," "Super 8," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," ABC’s "Alias" and "Lost," Fox’s "Fringe,"...
Perhaps no other director has made an impact on a global scale as the first woman to win the Academy Award, the Director’s Guild Award, the BAFTA, and the Critic’s Choice Award for directing as KATHRYN BIGELOW. As one of Hollywood’s most innovative filmmakers, Ms. Bigelow has distinguished herself not only as a pioneer of gender, but as evidenced by her latest film, ZERO DARK THIRTY, she has...
OLIVER STONE has been credited with writing and or directing over 20 full-length feature films, earning him a well-respected place in cinematic history for some of the most influential and iconic films of the last two decades. Throughout his long career, which began at a young age writing short plays for his family, Oliver has served as director, writer and producer ...
Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back – Million Dollar Baby (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash (2005) which he himself directed. For Crash, he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received an additional four nominations including one for...
Spike Lee, is a writer, director, actor, producer and author who revolutionized the role of Black talent in cinema. Widely regarded as a premiere African-American filmmaker, Lee is a forerunner in the ‘do it yourself’ school of independent film. An avid sports enthusiast, Lee recently completed a one day 18 camera documentary shoot focusing on NBA standout Kobe Bryant. Produced for ESPN, the...
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