Rusty Cundieff

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
The first films of actor-writer-director Rusty Cundieff have displayed qualities typical of a certain tendency in African-American filmmaking in Hollywood in the decade following the groundbreaking the advent of Spike ... Read more »
Born: 12/13/1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (9)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

("Victory's Glory") (Director)

The Hustle 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Director

Human Giant 2006 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Campus Ladies 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

So noTORIous 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Sprung 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Tales From the Hood 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Fear of A Black Hat 1994 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (8)

Chappelle's Show 2003 - 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sprung 1997 (Movie)

Montel (Actor)

TV Nation 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales From the Hood 1995 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Why Colors? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Fear of A Black Hat 1994 (Movie)

Ice Cold (Actor)

School Daze 1988 (Movie)

Big Brother Chucky (Actor)

Hollywood Shuffle 1987 (Movie)

Type (Actor)
Writer (5)

CSI: New York 2009 (Tv Show)

Writer

Sprung 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tales From the Hood 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fear of A Black Hat 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

House Party 2 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Flex & Shanice 2006 - 2008, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

The Brandon T Jackson Show 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer
Music (1)

Fear of A Black Hat 1994 (Movie)

songs("Come Pet the P.U.S.S.Y.") ("My Peanuts") ("A Gangsta's Life Ain't Fun") ("I'm Gonna Kick Your Black Ass") ("Fuck the Security Guards") ("Buried and Bald (Wear Yo Hat!)") ("Booty Juice") ("I'm Just a Human") ("Grab Yo Stuff" AKA "Grab Yo Dick") ("Gu (Song)
Other (1)

Between Brothers 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2008, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

The first films of actor-writer-director Rusty Cundieff have displayed qualities typical of a certain tendency in African-American filmmaking in Hollywood in the decade following the groundbreaking the advent of Spike Lee in the mid-1980s. These films--"Fear of a Black Hat" (1993), "Tales From the Hood" (1995) and "Sprung" (1997)--suggest their maker's relatively cordial relationship to recent American pop culture. Thus far, Cundieff seems to have largely rejected the explicitly political, critical and angry approach of his more serious contemporaries (e.g., Lee, John Singleton, the Hughes Brothers) in favor of the playful audience-friendly tone of Robert Townsend and the Hudlin Brothers. Like Keenen Ivory Wayans, he has shown an aptitude for black-oriented parodies of forms that are more often white-identified (specifically pretentious rock documentaries, cheesy 50s comic-book derived horror anthologies and kooky romantic comedy). While he does not ignore the social problems confronting the black community (i.e., drugs, crime, domestic violence, racism), Cundieff's storytelling instincts are unabashedly accessible and commercial. More impressively, he has managed to retain creative control of his work. Quirky, jokey and derivative, his films seem to aspire to some degree of revisionism but, thus far, he has yet to display the organizing intelligence or overarching vision to reformulate his many influences into a meaningful new hybrid.

Relationships

Trina Cundieff

Wife

Thelonious Cundieff

Son
born on May 18, 2000

EDUCATION

Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans , Louisiana

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
graduated

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
graduated

Milestones

1997

Scripted and helmed "Sprung"; also acted

1995

Served as one of the funders for "Why Colors?", a comic Showtime short satirizing gang warfare; also performed a song and provided the opening voiceover

1995

Resumed correspondent duties on "TV Nation" when it resurfaced on Fox as a summer replacement

1995

Directed, wrote and starred in "Tales From the Hood"

1994

Directing and songwriting debut and first lead role, "Fear of a Black Hat" (also co-scripted with Scott); shot in Super 16 format on a budget $1 short of $1,000,000

1994

Appeared as a correspondent on Michael Moore's comedy newsmagazine "TV Nation" on NBC

1991

Screenwriting debut, co-writer (with Daryl G Nickens) on "House Party 2"

1991

Had his stage production "Black and Jew" performed by the Black Theater Artists Workshop at the Los Angeles Theater Center

1990

Did a guest shot as a college student on ABC's "thirtysomething"

1988

Acted in Spike Lee's "School Daze"

1987

Feature debut, four bit parts in Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle"

1985

Joined the cast of the daytime soap "Days of Our Lives" as a recurring character

Performed stand-up comedy while in college; appeared at L.A.'s Comedy Act theater; met Robert Townsend, Keenan Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans

Directed three music videos for rock veteran Neil Young

Attended USC; met future screenwriting and producing partner Darin Scott

With producer Scott, visited Las Vegas and won $800; decided to produce a 20 minute video proposal for a film about a fictional rap group; this provided the basis for "Fear of a Black Hat"

With Scott, produced "The Other Class", a 35mm short

TV debut, a guest spot on "Benson"

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