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RICK FAMUYIWA (Director/Co-Screenwriter) made his feature film directorial debut with THE WOOD from an original script he developed at The Sundance Institute. Recently Famuyiwa served as one of the writers on the upcoming film, THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS and is currently writing a script called FEELING ARETHA for Fox Searchlight that he will also direct.

Famuyiwa played Division I basketball for USC where he was a double major in Cinema/Television Production and Critical Studies. During his senior year at USC, Famuyiwa wrote and directed his critically-acclaimed thesis film BLACKTOP LINGO, a 12-minute short film about basketball. In 1996 the film was one of only 29 films selected from 1,500 submissions to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival and earned Famuyiwa the distinction of becoming the first undergraduate from USC to ever have a film shown there.


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