Cary Fukunaga

Writer, Director, Cinematographer
Using both his educational background and real-life experiences, Cary Joji Fukunaga emerged in a big way onto the filmmaking scene with his debut, "Sin Nombre" (2009), which earned the director widespread critical ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1977 in Oakland, California, USA

Filmography

Director (5)

Beasts of No Nation 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

True Detective 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Jane Eyre 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Sin Nombre 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Victoria Para Chino 2004 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

Beasts of No Nation 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

True Detective 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

On the Ice 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (2)

Beasts of No Nation 2015 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Sin Nombre 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Using both his educational background and real-life experiences, Cary Joji Fukunaga emerged in a big way onto the filmmaking scene with his debut, "Sin Nombre" (2009), which earned the director widespread critical acclaim and numerous awards following the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. After winning a Student Academy Award for making a short film based on the tragic end for a group of illegal immigrants in Texas, Fukunaga journeyed across Central America atop a railroad car alongside other migrant workers in order to better understand their often harrowing plights in trying to cross the border. An eye-opening experience, his travels led to writing the script for "Sin Nombre," a tension-filled crime thriller about a young Honduran girl being escorted to the U.S. border by a repentant gang member desperately trying to escape certain retribution from his fellow bangers. Thanks to the independent success of the film, which earned several critics and film festival awards, Fukunaga found himself on Hollywood's radar, earning a development deal with a major studio that led to an adaptation of a classic British novel, followed by a dark and gritty cable television mystery series.

EDUCATION

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz , California 1999

New York University

New York , New York
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble

Milestones

2009

Made his feature writing and directing debut with "Sin Nombre"; won awards at Sundance for Dramatic Directing and Excellence in Cinematography; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director ("Sin Nombre")

2004

Wrote and directed the short film "Victoria para Chino," while at NYU; screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival

Worked on music videos and commercials in Los Angeles to learn filmmaking

Bonus Trivia

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Fukunaga has received several grants including a USA Rockefeller Foundation Fellowhship, the John H. Johnson Film Award and a Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship.

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