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Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cary Joji Fukunaga graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz. His film work as a writer, director, and cinematographer has taken him around the world – from the Arctic Circle to Haiti and West Africa.
He has received several prestigious grants, including a 2008 USA Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship; the John H. Johnson Film Award; and a 2005 Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship. He also received, in 2007, a Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Bursary.
Mr. Fukunaga wrote and directed the short film Victoria para Chino, which screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. It was honored with over two dozen international awards, including a Student Academy Award and an honorable mention from BAFTA’s Los Angeles chapter.
An MFA candidate from New York University’s Graduate Film Program, Mr. Fukunaga made his feature film writing and directing debut with Sin Nombre, also for Focus Features.
The epic dramatic thriller, filmed on locations throughout Mexico City, world-premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. There, it won two awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition; the Directing Award and the Excellence in Cinematography Award (for Adriano Goldman). Accolades around the world followed, including awards from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association, the Houston Film Critics Society, the Florida Film Critics Circle, the Indiana Film Journalists Association, and the Austin Film Critics Association for Best Foreign-Language Film; the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Skillset New Directors Award; a British Independent Film Award nomination; and three Spirit Award nominations, for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.