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M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN (Written and Directed by) began making films at the age of 10 in his hometown of Philadelphia. At 16, he had completed his 45th short film. At age 17, he stood before his parents, both doctors, surrounded by pictures of the other twelve doctors in the family, and informed them that although he graduated Cum laude and received academic scholarships to several prestigious medical programs, he had instead decided to attend the New York University Tisch School of the Arts to study filmmaking.

One evening during his final year at NYU, Shyamalan sat down and began writing an emotional screenplay, one made up entirely of personal moments entitled "Praying With Anger."

In the fall of 1992, he found himself on a plane to India with the funding to make his first low-budget feature film. "Praying With Anger" is the very personal story of an exchange student from the U.S. who goes back to India and finds himself a stranger in his own homeland.

Shyamalan served as writer, director, producer and star of "Praying With Anger." The resulting film garnered wonderful notices from the Toronto Film Festival, was selected to be screened by the New York Foundation of the Arts' prestigious First Look Series, and in July 1993, was named Debut Film of the Year by the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

One year later, he took his spiritual storytelling to the next level when he sold his original screenplay "Labor of Love" to 20th Century Fox. In June 1995, he was asked by Columbia Pictures to write the fantasy screen adaptation of "Stuart Little," based on E.B. White's beloved children's classic of the same name.

Then in 1997, his second feature film, "Wide Awake," which starred Joseph Cross, Rosie O'Donnell, Denis Leary, Dana Delaney and Robert Loggia, was released theatrically. That film was shot entirely in and around the Philadelphia area and tells the story of the close relationship between a boy in Catholic school and his grandfather.


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