(Director, Story, Executive Producer) directed the box-office hit
"X-Men." Singer became the focus of considerable attention in 1995
when his second full-length feature, "The Usual Suspects," was
released to critical and commercial acclaim. With an impressive cast that
included Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin and Chazz
Palminteri, the young director (28 at the time) beat a slew of odds by bringing
the $6 million, 35-day shoot in on time and under budget. "The Usual
Suspects" won two Academy Awards that year: Kevin Spacey for Best
Supporting Actor and Christopher McQuarrie for Best Original Screenplay.
Singer's third feature film was 1998's
dramatic thriller "Apt Pupil," which starred Ian McKellen, Brad
Renfro, Bruce Davison and David Schwimmer. The film tells the story of a sixteen
year-old high school student (Renfro) who discovers that a Nazi war criminal (McKellen)
has been quietly living in his hometown. "Apt Pupil" was well-received
and garnered several awards and nominations for its actors and filmmakers.
Singer's lifelong fascination with the art of
cinema became a reality in his early teens when he began shooting 8mm films.
After attending the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York, he moved to
Los Angeles where he began undergraduate studies at the University of Southern
California. It was during this period that his ambition to become a filmmaker
After graduating from USC, he wrote and directed
"Lion's Den," an award-winning 25-minute film chronicling the lives
of five high school friends who reunite after graduation. Singer called upon his
childhood friend Ethan Hawke to star in the 16mm, $15,000 project. "Lion's
Den" opened the doors to Singer's co-writing, producing and directing
"Public Access," his first full-length film project, which won the
Grand Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.
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