James Gray (film director)

James Gray (film director)

James Gray (born 1969 in New York City) is a film director and screenwriter.

Gray attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where his student film, "Cowboys and Angels", helped him get an agent and the attention of producer Paul Webster, who encouraged him to write a script which he could produce. [ [http://finelinefeatures.com/odessa/odtrans.htm Transcript of Online Conference with Little Odessa Writer/Director James Gray] , Fine Line Features, 1995, Accessed May 11, 2008.]

In 1994, at age 25, Gray made his first feature film "Little Odessa", a dark film about a hit man confronted by his younger brother upon returning to his hometown, "Little Odessa," a section of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The film won the Silver Lion at the 1994 Venice Film Festival.

In 2000, Miramax released his second film, "The Yards", a film noir written and shot in 1998. His third film, "We Own the Night", starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg, played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007, receiving widely divergent reviews from international critics. "We Own the Night" was released theatrically in the US on October 12, 2007.

Filmography

"Little Odessa" (1994) - writer/director

"The Yards" (2000) - writer/director

"We Own the Night" (2007) - writer/director

"Two Lovers" (2008) - writer/director

References

External links

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* [http://www.ifc.com/film/film-news/2008/05/cannes-08-james-gray-on-two-lo.php Interview at Cannes 2008 on "Two Lovers" at IFC.com]


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