2 FAST 2 FURIOUS
Producer, director and
screenwriter JOHN SINGLETON (Director)
exploded onto the scene in 1991 with his first film, Boyz
N the Hood, a rough. intelligent, plain-speaking look at a group of friends
in gang-ridden South Central Los Angeles. Boyz N the Hood earned
Singleton Academy Award nominations for Best Original
Screenplay and Best Director and the honor of being the first African-American (and the
youngest filmmaker ever) to receive these simultaneous nominations. The
filmmaker also garnered a long list of additional awards for his debut motion
picture. including: LAFCA New Generation Award, the MTV Movie Award for Best New
Filmmaker (1992), the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director
(1991), and the ShoWest Award for Screenwriter of the Year and a Special Award
for Directorial Debut of the Year (1992).
next wrote, directed and produced the Janet Jackson starrer Poetic Justice, a
sensitive film about a young poet; it also stars Tupac Shakur and Regina
King. The university-set educational drama Higher Learning followed (with
Singleton again wearing three hats as producer/director/writer), which stars a
large ensemble cast featuring Omar Epps, Laurence Fishburne, Ice
Cube, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Rappaport, Cole Hauser and Krisry Swanson,
Singleton directed the hard-hitting historical drama Rosewood, telling
the story of the extinguishing, in 1923, of the predominantly Black town of
Rosewood, Florida, because of racial hatred and lies. The film, scripted by
Gregory Poirier, stars Ving Rhames, Jon Voight, Don Cheadle and Esther Rolle. In
2000, Singleton re-envisioned a classic hero for the new Millennium, returning Shaft
to the screen. Samuel L. Jackson stars as the title character, in a project
again produced (with Scott Rudin and Mark Roybal), written (along with Richard
Price and Shane Salerno) and directed by Singleton; it also stars Vanessa
Williams, Busta Rhymes, Christian Bale and Richard Roundtree.
A decade after his
searing filmic exploration of South Central Los Angeles, Singleton returned
there as the setting for his most recent film, Baby Boy, on which he
served as producer, writer and director. The film stars R&B singer/actor
Tyrese, Ving Rhames, Snoop Dogg and newcomer Taraji P. Henson and received four
career began while attending the Filmic Writing Program at USC, where he won
three writing awards (the Jack Nicholson Award in 1989 and 1990 and the Robert
Riskin Award in 1989) from the university; this led to representation with
Creative Artists Agency during his senior year and the sale of his script, Boyz
N the Hood.
Singleton has also
directed high-profile television commercials (Coca-Cola, AT&T and Burger
King) and music videos (Michael Jackson).
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