|Cary Joji Fukunaga|
Cary Fukunaga talking about his film "Sin Nombre" in 2009
July 10, 1977 |
|Occupation||filmmaker, writer and cinematographer|
Cary Joji Fukunaga (born July 10, 1977) is an American film director, writer and cinematographer.
Early life 
Fukunaga was born in Oakland, California, has lived in various places including France and Japan, and now resides in New York City. His father is Japanese and his mother is Swedish. Fukunaga got his start as a camera intern and later applied to film school.
Fukunaga graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in History in 1999 and attended Institut d'études politiques (IEP) de Grenoble, and New York University in the Graduate Film Program. He has received several grants including a USA Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, the John H. Johnson Film Award/Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship, and a Katrin Cartlidge Foundation bursary. In addition to English, he is fluent in French and Spanish.
Fukunaga wrote and directed the short film Victoria para Chino (2004) while at NYU, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and received a Student Academy Award in 2005. He made his feature film debut with Sin Nombre which he both wrote and directed. The film received a number of awards, including the directing award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. In 2010, Fukunaga directed a new film adaptation of Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell and Judi Dench. The film was released in 2011.
In May 2011, it was announced that Fukunaga would direct and co-write No Blood, No Guts, No Glory, a 2009 Black List script by Chase Palmer about "a spy and 20 Union soldiers in disguise who board a train in Georgia in order to pull off a heist that could bring a quick end to the Civil War," although by 2012 he was no longer attached to that project. Warner Bros has chosen Fukunaga to develop a new adaptation of Stephen King's It which will be split up into two films. His next feature will be a twist-filled science-fiction love story, Spaceless, from a well-known and long admired unproduced original script by I, Robot screenwriter Jeff Vintar, a favorite project of director Gore Verbinski, who will now produce for Universal.
- Kofi (2003)
- Victoria para chino (2004)
- Chinatown Film Project (2009)
- Sin Nombre (2009)
- Jane Eyre (2012)
- True Detective (2013)
- U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2009.
- Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009
- Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Director for Sin Nombre
- "Crossing Borders with 'Sin Nombre'" profile in Los Angeles Times by Reed Johnson – March 8, 2009
- Coombs, Molly J. (March 12, 2011). "Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga and star Mia Wasikowska – The Blast Interview". BLAST (magazine). Retrieved March 12, 2011.
- UCSC News/Events – January 26, 2009
- UC Notes/Campus News – September 19, 2005
- FILMINFOCUS blog
- UC Santa Cruz currents online – June 27, 2005
- Sneider, Jeff (May 24, 2011). "Fukunaga, Focus team for Civil War heist pic". Variety (magazine). Retrieved May 24, 2011.
- 2009 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards on Sundance website – January 24, 2009