Victor Nunez

Director, Editor, Screenwriter
An independent filmmaker whose work twice earned the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Victor Nunez has steered clear of Hollywood and remained fairly anonymous, fusing character and place in his intimate, regional ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1944 in Deland, Florida, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (8)

I'm A-Gonna Do Something 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Coastlines 2006 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

I Build the Tower 2004 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Ulee's Gold 1997 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Without Evidence 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ruby in Paradise 1993 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

A Flash of Green 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gal Young Un 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Director (6)

Spoken Word 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Coastlines 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Ulee's Gold 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Ruby in Paradise 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

A Flash of Green 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Gal Young Un 1979 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

El estudiante 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Coastlines 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ulee's Gold 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ruby in Paradise 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gal Young Un 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (5)

Coastlines 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ulee's Gold 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ruby in Paradise 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Flash of Green 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gal Young Un 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (5)

Coastlines 2006 (Movie)

(Editor)

Ulee's Gold 1997 (Movie)

(Editor)

Ruby in Paradise 1993 (Movie)

(Editor)

A Flash of Green 1985 (Movie)

(Editor)

Gal Young Un 1979 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (1)

Squeeze... 1997 (Movie)

Julio (Actor)

Biography

An independent filmmaker whose work twice earned the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Victor Nunez has steered clear of Hollywood and remained fairly anonymous, fusing character and place in his intimate, regional portraits of his native Florida. A founding board member of the Independent Feature Project and the Sundance Film Festival, he received his MFA in film production at UCLA and also briefly attended the American Film Institute before souring on the West Coast and returning to Tallahassee, determined to become a southern filmmaker. He began by directing educational and industrial shorts, then helmed three fictional shorts in the 1970s, establishing his practice of scripting, editing and operating the camera, a modus operandi continued on his features. Both "Taking Care of Mother Baldwin" (1970), about a boy's tentative friendship with a woman neighbor, and "Charly Benson's Return to the Sea" (1972), which followed a returning Vietnam veteran as he attempted to adjust to once familiar people and situations, were original screenplays, filmed in haunting, documentary-like black-and-white.

Relationships

Susie Hodnett

Great-Aunt
her $400,000 inheritance helped him film "Ruby in Paradise"

Cynthia Nunez

Wife

Vincent Nunez

Son
born c. 1969 worked as a production assistant on "Without Evidence", a picture on which his father served as director of photography

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1971

completed high school in Tallahassee, Florida

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California
attended for nine months

Antioch College

Yellow Springs , Ohio 1968

Milestones

2006

Helmed the drama "Coastlines" (lensed 2001)

1997

Scored again critically with "Ulee's Gold", starring Peter Fonda in a career-reviving, Oscar-nominated role; wrote, edited and served as camera operator (this time under director of photography Virgil Mirano); filmed like his other features on Super-16, t

1996

Served as director of photography on "Without Evidence", docudrama co-scripted and directed by Gill Dennis, who had served as a script consultant on "A Flash of Green"

1993

Enjoyed critical success with "Ruby in Paradise", which he helmed, wrote, edited and served as his own camera operator under director of photography Alex Vaclos; film launched career of Ashley Judd

1987

"Gal Young 'Un" aired on PBS

1984

Used name-actors for the first time in "A Flash of Green"; directed, adapted from the John D MacDonald thriller, edited and served as director of photography; aired on PBS in 1986; received funding from the three sources for his first feature plus the Roc

1979

Feature film directorial debut, "Gal Young 'Un", which he also co-produced, adapted (from a Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings story), photographed, and edited; made with help of an NEA grant and funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Chubb Gr

1974

First film in color, the 60-minute "A Circle in the Fire", adapted from a story by Flannery O'Connor

1969

Made first film short, the 22-minute, black-and-white "Taking Care of Mother Baldwin"

1948

Parents divorced and Nunez returned to US with his mother

Won American Film Institute fellowship while at UCLA; abandoned mid-term

Family moved to Peru when Nunez was six months old

Taught at Florida State University for 1 1/2 years after completing MFA

Made educational and industrial films

After living all over Florida, settled in Tallahassee in fifth grade

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