Rick Famuyiwa

Director, Screenwriter
One of the more distinguished indie writer-directors to emerge in the late 1990s and early 2000s, African-American filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa built his reputation on a series of critically acclaimed features, many woven ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1973

Filmography

Director (6)

Confirmation 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Director

Dope 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Our Family Wedding 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wood 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Blacktop Lingo 1996 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

Dope 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wood 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wood 1999 (Movie)

(From Story)
Actor (1)

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Dope 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

One of the more distinguished indie writer-directors to emerge in the late 1990s and early 2000s, African-American filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa built his reputation on a series of critically acclaimed features, many woven around the themes of racial diversity and self-acceptance. A native of Los Angeles, Famuyiwa grew up in Southern California as a first-generation Nigerian immigrant. Following graduation from high school, he attended the University of Southern California as a film student, with a dual emphasis on critical studies and production. One of Famuyiwa's earliest shorts, the 12-minute "Blacktop Lingo" (1996) drew such a favorable reaction that it elicited an invitation to the Sundance Filmmakers Institute, and that ultimately led to the production of his debut feature, "The Wood" (1999). Produced by MTV Films and co-starring then newcomers Omar Epps and Taye Diggs, it presented a fictionalized account of Famuyiwa's experiences coming of age in Inglewood, California. "The Wood" was a financial success; produced on a budget of $6 million, it grossed over $25 million, and paved the way for many additional motion pictures. Follow-ups included the Taye Diggs-Sanaa Lathan romantic drama "Brown Sugar" (2002), and "Our Family Wedding" (2010), an ensemble comedy starring Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera set against the backdrop of the 2008 presidential election. Famuyiwa also scripted his friend Kasi Lemmons's directorial effort "Talk to Me" (2007), a chronicle of 1960s radio DJ "Petey" Greene's colorful life and career. Famuyiwa's fourth outing as director, the drama "Dope" (2015), found a berth at Sundance; it reteamed the artist with Forest Whitaker, telling the story of a young man who gets caught in the cross-fire of a botched drug deal.

Relationships

Parent
Nigerean immigrants

Glenita Mosley

Wife
met at UCLA married in July 1999

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Milestones

2007

Scripted "Talk to Me," which is based on the life of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph 'Petey' Greene

2002

Re-teamed with Taye Diggs to direct the romantic drama, "Brown Sugar"

1999

Directed and wrote the romantic comedy, "The Wood," co-starring Taye Diggs, Omar Epps and Richard T. Jones

1996

Wrote and Directed the 12-minute short, "Blacktop Lingo"

Directed and co-wrote the comedy, "Our Family Wedding," starring Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera

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