DAVID O. RUSSELL (Director) earned critical acclaim early in his career when he
wrote and directed his first feature film SPANKING THE MONKEY. This film
premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Sundance Audience
Award. It also was named Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay at the
Independent Spirit Awards that year. His second film was the acclaimed comedy
FLIRTING WITH DISASTER which appeared on many top ten lists for 1996. The film
received strong reception from both critics and audiences, paving the way for
writer/director Russell to employ an even more ambitious scope for his third
THREE KINGS starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Ice Cube, was released
in 1999 and garnered ample critical praise. Russell earned a nomination from the
WGA for Best Screenplay and the film appeared in over 100 critics' top ten
lists. Boston Film Critics Society named it the Film of the Year and selected
Russell as the Best Director of the Year. Russell continued his relationship
with Mark Wahlberg when he proceeded to make I HEART HUCKABEES in 2004.
In 2002, Russell joined the board of the Ghetto Film School, then a brand-new,
all-volunteer local summer project with a very small budget and no presence
within the film industry. Russell changed all that immediately, getting his
filmmaker friends, movie studios and industry professionals to not only give
money but also lend their time to teach classes and support the growth of young
black and Latino filmmakers from the South Bronx and Harlem. Today GFS is an
award-winning program model that has helped over 500 teenagers tell their
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