A graduate of Pepperdine University, D. J. CARUSO (Director) began his career in the film industry as a
production assistant. Before long,
he directed Cyclops, Baby, a short
film written by Scott Rosenberg, which won numerous awards at film festivals in
1996. He then served as producer and
aerial director on
's Drop Zone starring Wesley Snipes.
The director's aerial work garnered rave reviews for its ingenuity and beauty.
Following this success, Caruso went on to serve as executive producer on
another feature, Nick of Time, starring Johnny Depp.
In 1997, Caruso was the executive producer on the critically acclaimed
HBO feature Rebound, which was nominated for an Image Award.
Later that same year, he directed four episodes of the ABC television
series High Incident for executive
producer Steven Spielberg.
Caruso teamed with another Hollywood veteran when he directed Frank
Darabont's screenplay Black Cat Run
and HBO Enterprises. The film was
HBO's highest rated world premiere film of 1998.
In 2002, Caruso directed the neo-noir thriller The Salton Sea, for
Castle Rock Entertainment, starring Val Kilmer.
The film was praised for its strong performances and visual technique.
Caruso also directed several episodes of such hit television shows as Smallville,
The Shield and Michael Mann's Robbery Homicide Division.
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