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DESTIN DANIEL CRETTON (Director/Screenwriter) was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii, where he spent three of his summers picking pineapples in the fields near his home. He has a BA in Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University and a MA in Film, TV, and New Media from San Diego State University.

Destin's feature film debut, I Am Not a Hipster, premiered at Sundance in 2012. His feature screenplay, Short Term 12 (based on the award-winning short of the same title), was one of five to win a 2010 Academy Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Short Term 12 premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. Following its theatrical release, Short Term 12 was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards and won the Gotham Award for Best Actress for Brie Larson. Destin's newest feature reteams him with Brie Larson in an adaptation of Jeannette Walls' NY Times best-selling memoir The Glass Castle.

Destin has also written and directed four award-winning short films: Longbranch: A Suburban Parable (2002 Tribeca Film Festival), Bartholomew's Song (2006 Student Academy Finalist), Deacon's Mondays (2007 Student Academy Finalist, 2007 Angelus Winner, HBO Films Best Student Film Award), and Short Term 12, which won the U.S. Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, followed by top awards at Seattle International, Aspen Shorts Fest, Independent Film Festival Boston, CineVegas, GenArt, and was short-listed for the 2010 Academy Awards.

Along with his narrative work, Destin has directed two feature-length documentaries. Drakmar: A Vassal's Journey premiered on HBO Family in 2007, which won the Best Documentary Award at the 2006 Comic Con, and Born Without Arms, which premiered on TLC/Discovery in 2009.


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