Courtney Hunt

Director, Screenwriter
The rigors of law school convinced Courtney Hunt that a legal career was not for her, so she returned to her first love, the cinema, and became a fiercely independent writer and director. Her debut feature, "Frozen ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1963 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Director (5)

The Whole Truth 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

In Treatment 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Frozen River 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Althea Faught 1993 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Althea Faught 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

The rigors of law school convinced Courtney Hunt that a legal career was not for her, so she returned to her first love, the cinema, and became a fiercely independent writer and director. Her debut feature, "Frozen River" (2008), took an unflinching look at the circumstances that drive two women - one white (Melissa Leo), one Native American (Misty Upham) - to risk their lives by smuggling illegal immigrants across the Canadian border. The self-financed project was the hit of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and reaped critical accolades following its release to arthouse theaters later that year. Hunt's insistence on hard realism and biting drama helped to elevate her from relative unknown to an in-demand filmmaker with a unique perspective on women in film.

Relationships

Donald Harwood Actor

Husband
Produced wife's first feature, "Frozen River"

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York, New York 1994
Thesis film was entitled, "Althea Faught" (1994)

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Sarah Lawrence College

Yonkers, New York

Milestones

2008

Made feature writing and directing debut with an extended version of "Frozen River"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay

2008

Nominated for the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director ("Frozen River")

2004

Screened first short film "Frozen river" at the New York Film Festival

1996

Thesis film, "Althea Faught" aired on PBS as part of "American Playhouse"

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