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M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN directs his sixth feature film with "The Village,” following "Praying with Anger,” "Wide Awake,” "The Sixth Sense,” "Unbreakable,” and "Signs.”

The astronomical success of his chilling psychological thriller "The Sixth Sense” catapulted Shyamalan into the stratosphere of being one of the most sought after young filmmakers in Hollywood. "The Sixth Sense” has become one of the highest grossing films of all time and continues to break records in home entertainment. The film received a total of six Academy Award nominations including one for Best Picture, and two for Shyamalan for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Additionally, the film was awarded three People's Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture, Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture and Best Actor for the film's star, Bruce Willis. Shyamalan reteamed with Willis for "Unbreakable,” which also starred Samuel Jackson. Following "Unbreakable” Shyamalan also had tremendous worldwide success with the supernatural thriller "Signs” starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.

Shyamalan 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 had 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. During his final year at NYU, he wrote an emotional screenplay made up of personal moments entitled "Praying With Anger” about a young exchange student from the U.S. who goes back to India and finds himself a stranger in his own homeland. In 1992, with the funding to make his first lowbudget feature, Shyamalan shot the story on location in India and served as the film's writer, director, producer and star. The film 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 of Los Angeles.

The following year, Shyamalan wrote another spiritual screenplay, "Labor of Love” which he sold 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.

His second feature film, "Wide Awake,” starred Rosie O'Donnell, Denis Leary, Dana Delaney and Robert Loggia and was released in 1997. Shot entirely on location in Philadelphia, the film tells the story of the close relationship between a boy in Catholic school and his grandfather.

Upcoming film projects for Shyamalan include the critically acclaimed national bestseller "Life of Pi” based on the novel by Yann Martel.

Shyamalan formed his own production company, Blinding Edge Pictures, which is based in a suburb outside of Philadelphia where he also currently resides with his wife and two daughters.

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