Debra Granik

Debra Granik made the kind of movies that showcased characters who seemed to collectively suffer infinite emotional pain and financial hardships, yet she was still able to instill in her viewers a sense of hope and ... Read more »
Born: 02/06/1963 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Director (4)

Stray Dog 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Winter's Bone 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Down To the Bone 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Snake Feed 1996 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Winter's Bone 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Down To the Bone 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Down To the Bone 2005 (Movie)

(Photography)

Biography

Debra Granik made the kind of movies that showcased characters who seemed to collectively suffer infinite emotional pain and financial hardships, yet she was still able to instill in her viewers a sense of hope and redemption. Granik first gained prominence with her award-winning short film, "Snake Feed" (1997), about individuals coping with their own painful drug addiction. Inspired by real-life events and people, she explored the drug theme once again in her directorial film feature debut, "Down to the Bone" (2004), an indie gem that showcased Granik's deft use of realism and loose narrative. But it was her 2010 masterpiece, "Winter's Bone," a harrowing yet beautifully shot drama about a strong-willed young woman coping with the cruelty of living in the Ozark Mountains that cast a spotlight on Granik's genius for the mainstream moviegoers, making her one of the most inspiring and compelling filmmakers of a new generation.

Relationships

Theodore Granik

Grandfather
Founder-moderator of radio-TV's long-run panel discussion program, "The American Forum of the Air"

EDUCATION

New York University

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

Brandeis University

Waltham , Massachusetts 1985

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director

2010

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director ("Winter's Bone")

2010

Received the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her second feature, "Winter's Bone"

2004

Won the Dramatic Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival for her first feature-length film, "Down to the Bone"; also co-scripted with Richard Lieske

1998

Won a Sundance Film Festival Award for her debut short film, "Snake Feed" (made while a student at New York University)

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