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The most recent Terry Zwigoff biography is published on the main page.

Biography #2 (for Bad Santa)

Terry Zwigoff most recently directed and co-wrote the acclaimed indie hit Ghost World, which received two Golden Globe nominations, two AFI nominations and appeared on over 140 Top Ten lists in major newspapers and magazines. Based on the underground comic by Dan Clowes, the film brought Zwigoff's smart, original style to a touching and funny exploration of two young misfits who feel out-of-sync with a modern America of strip malls and fast-food chains.

Zwigoff began his film career accidentally in 1978, when he found a rare 1934 recording by an unknown Chicago blues musician. A musician himself, Zwigoff was so impressed by this old 78 that he began what was to become two years of detective work to discover who the artist was and what his life had been like. Louie Bluie, a documentary film released in 1985, was the result.

Zwigoff's next film, Crumb, a cinematic portrait of the controversial comic book artist, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and became a runaway success with audiences and critics alike. Crumb was chosen Best Film of 1995 by a dozen major film critics and won every single film critics award for Best Documentary of 1995, including the NY, LA, and National Society of Film Critics Award. (The latter also voted it runner-up to Babe as Best Picture of the Year.) Crumb became the third-highest grossing documentary film ever made. Zwigoff will next direct Art School Confidential, co-written with Dan Clowes.

Bio courtesy Dimension Films for "Bad Santa" (02-Dec-2003)