CARY JOJI FUKUNAGA graduated from the University of
California Santa Cruz. His
film work as a writer, director, and cinematographer has taken him around the
world â€“ from the Arctic Circle to Haiti and West Africa.
He has received several prestigious grants, including a 2008 USA Rockefeller
Foundation Fellowship; the John H. Johnson Film Award; and a 2005 Princess
Grace Foundation Fellowship. He also received, in 2007, a Katrin Cartlidge
Mr. Fukunaga wrote and directed the short film Victoria para Chino, which
screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. It was honored with over two dozen
international awards, including a Student Academy Award and an honorable
mention from BAFTA's Los Angeles chapter.
An MFA candidate from New York University's Graduate Film Program, Mr.
Fukunaga made his feature film writing and directing debut with Sin Nombre,
also for Focus Features.
The epic dramatic thriller, filmed on locations throughout Mexico City, world
at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. There, it won two awards in the
U.S. Dramatic Competition; the Directing Award and the Excellence in
Cinematography Award (for Adriano Goldman). Accolades around the world
followed, including awards from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association,
Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association, the Houston Film Critics Society,
Florida Film Critics Circle, the Indiana Film Journalists Association, and the
Film Critics Association for Best Foreign-Language Film; the Edinburgh
International Film Festival's Skillset New Directors Award; a British
Film Award nomination; and three Spirit Award nominations, for Best Feature,
Director, and Best Cinematography.
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