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DAVID O. RUSSELL directed THE FIGHTER (2010), a film that
earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Achievement in Directing
(Russell) and Best Motion Picture of the Year. Two of THE FIGHTER's stars
Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won Academy Awards for their performances.
Russell's prior films include THREE KINGS (1999), starring George Clooney, Mark
Wahlberg and Ice Cube, which earned Russell a nomination from the Writers Guild
of America for Best Screenplay, in addition to appearing on over 100 critics'
top ten lists and being awarded the Boston Film Critics Society Film of the Year
and Director of the Year. Russell's comedies I HEART HUCKABEES (2004) and
FLIRTING WITH DISASTER (1996) appeared on many top ten lists. The first film
Russell wrote and directed, SPANKING THE MONKEY, won the 1994 Sundance Film
Festival's Audience Award and won Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay
at the 1994 Independent Spirit Awards. In 2002, Russell joined the board of the
Bronx's 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 New York's first public high school for
cinema, an award-winning program model that has helped over 500 teenagers tell
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