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M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN (Director /Writer / Producer) directs his seventh feature film with Lady in the Water, following Praying with Anger, Wide Awake, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village.

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, receiving 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 Award for Favorite Motion Picture, Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture and Best Actor for the film's star, Bruce Willis. Shyamalan re-teamed with Willis for Unbreakable, which also starred Samuel Jackson.

Following Unbreakable, Shyamalan had tremendous worldwide success with the supernatural thriller Signs, starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. Shyamalan's last feature, The Village, also starred Phoenix and Lady in the Water's Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as an ensemble cast including Adrien Brody, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver.

Shyamalan began making films at age 10 in his hometown of Philadelphia. At 16, he had completed his 45th short film. At 17, he stood before his parents, both doctors, surrounded by pictures of the 12 other 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 low-budget 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 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, it tells the story of the close relationship between a boy in Catholic school and his grandfather. Shyamalan formed his own production company, Blinding Edge Pictures, based in a suburb outside of Philadelphia where he also resides with his wife and two daughters.


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