Brooklyn-born filmmaker Darren Aronofsky
followed up his directorial debut p
, with the critically acclaimed film Requiem for a Dream
. After receiving several awards for p
, including the Director's Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, Requiem for a Dream
captivated both fans and critics alike. Starring Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn
, Jared Leto
, Jennifer Connelly
and Marlon Wayans
, the movie premiered at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and was named to over 150 Top Ten Lists of 2000, including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and the American Film Institute. The accolades continued with five Independent Spirit Award nominations, including one for Best Director and a win for Burstyn as Best Actress. Burstyn also received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for her stunning performance.
Aronofsky is currently in production on his next project with Warner Brothers Studios, an original science fiction film The Fountain, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.
After graduating from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, he went on to study live action and animation at Harvard University. His senior thesis film, Supermarket Sweep, won international awards and was a national finalist in the 1991 Student Academy Awards. In 1994, he received a M.F.A. in Directing from the American Film Institute. The AFI again honored Aronofsky in 2001 with the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.
In 1996 Aronofsky and producing partner Eric Watson formed the production company Protozoa Pictures to develop future projects. Protozoa then launched Amoeba Proteus a digital studio with its first undertaking to design and execute the 100 digital shots in Requiem for a Dream.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
Darren Aronofsky Facts
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