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KARYN KUSAMA (Director), a writer/director with an eye for engaging films, continues to push the boundaries of her craft. Kusama creates vivid and detailed worlds with strong but realistic characters at the center of her work.

Kusama's debut as both writer and director was the award-winning film "Girlfight,” which won the Director's Prize and shared the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. It went on to win the Grand Prize at the Deauville Film Festival, the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival, and the IFP's Gotham Award for best feature. The breakout film for actress Michelle Rodriguez, "Girlfight” was theatrically released by Sony Screen Gems in September 2000.

In 2004, Kusama directed the science fiction love story "Aeon Flux” for Paramount Pictures. The film was released in theaters in December 2005, starring Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand.

Kusama is currently completing the screenplay for a political drama that she hopes to launch in 2009. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, screenwriter Phil Hay, and their young son.


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