RYAN COOGLER (Director/Screenplay by) is a filmmaker from
the East Bay Area,
California. In 2011 his student short film "Fig," which followed a young street
prostitute's fight to keep her daughter safe, won the Director's Guild of
Filmmaker Award, as well as the 2011 HBO Short Filmmaker Award. "Fig" was
on HBO. Coogler most recently directed "Creed," starring Sylvester Stallone and
His feature length screenplay "Fruitvale," based on the 2009 BART police
Oscar Grant, was selected for the 2012 Sundance January Screenwriter's Lab. In
he directed his own screenplay in the newly titled, critically acclaimed film,
Coogler still lives in the Bay Area where in addition to making films, he
works as a
counselor at Juvenile Hall in San Francisco. He earned his MFA in Film and
Production at the University of Southern California in May 2011.
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