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Adam Ripp

Adam Ripp landed his first job in production at the age of 16 on the television show The Top, hosted by Chevy Chase and produced by Harold Ramis. At 21, he produced and directed his first music video for Motown Records. By the time he was 24, he produced his first feature film, Public Access, directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

No stranger to urban culture, Ripp was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles. Ripp spent a large portion of his adolescence making short films, hanging out at World on Wheels and Uncle Jam's Army parties and listening to the lyrics laid down by some of the originators of rap music, including the Sugar Hill Gang, Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five and Run-DMC.

Ripp's first exposure to urban culture came in the mid-1970s when the Los Angeles Unified School District began bussing kids from South Central Los Angeles to his elementary school in Hollywood. This early introduction to urban culture was the catalyst that led to his awareness of life in the 'hood and, ultimately, to making a reality-based film centered on life in South Central Los Angeles.

Ripp is currently collaborating with Chris McQuarrie, Academy Award-winning writer of The Usual Suspects, on a script called Beat Cop, which Ripp will direct..


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Adam Ripp Facts

OccupationDirector, Writer, Producer

Selected Filmography

Not available.