Marshall Curry

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Marshall Curry
Marshall Curry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Curry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Summit, New Jersey

Marshall Curry is a two-time Academy Award-nominated American documentary director, producer, cinematographer and editor. His films include Street Fight, Racing Dreams, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front and Point and Shoot.

Life and career[edit]

Curry grew up in Summit, New Jersey, graduating from Summit High School in 1988.[1] He attended Swarthmore College, graduating in 1992[2] having majored in comparative religion.[3] He was also a Jane Addams Fellow at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy.[4] Before becoming a filmmaker, Curry worked as senior producer at Icon Nicholson, a New York multimedia design firm.[5]

Curry's first film, Street Fight, was released in 2005 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006.[6] That year he was named one of "25 New Faces in Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine[7] and received the Donnet Award for Emerging Filmmaker by the International Documentary Association.[8]

In 2009, his second film, Racing Dreams, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. In 2011 If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the award for Best Documentary Editing.[9] It went on to be nominated for Curry's second Academy Award in 2012.[10] In 2014 Curry's film Point and Shoot premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary.[11]

Curry lives in Brooklyn, New York.[12]

Filmography[edit]

  • Street Fight (2005) 83 minutes[13] (director, producer, cinematographer, editor) - Street Fight follows the turbulent, racially charged battle for mayor of Newark, N.J., between Cory Booker, a 32-year old Rhodes Scholar/Yale Law grad and Sharpe James, the four-term incumbent twice his age. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006[14] and a News and Documentary Emmy. The film received a 100% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[15] It was called "extraordinary" by David Denby (The New Yorker),[16] "vastly entertaining" by John Anderson (Variety),[17] and "filmmaking of the first order" by Scott Foundas (LA Weekly).[18]
  • Racing Dreams (2009) 93 minutes[19] (director, producer, cinematographer, editor) - Winner of the Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, this is a coming-of-age story about two boys and a girl who dream of one day racing in NASCAR. Humorous and sometimes heartbreaking, the film takes us into the lives of Annabeth (11 years old), Josh (12), and Brandon (13) as they race go-karts that go 70 mph in the Little League for professional racing. It won Best Documentary at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was also runner up for the Audience Award.[20] Racing Dreams film received a 100% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[21] The film was called "The best film of the year," by The Los Angeles Times ("The Envelope") and "Absorbing… one of the rare documentaries you leave wishing it was a little longer, " by The New York Times.[22]
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) 85 minutes[23] (director, producer, editor) - This Academy Award-nominated documentary tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of the radical environmental group the FBI considered the “number one domestic terrorist threat.” Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, If A Tree Falls asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism. It won the award for Best Documentary Editing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, was theatrically released by Oscilloscope Laboratories and earned Curry his second Academy Award nomination. Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times called it "one of the best documentaries of the year"[24] and the New York Times said it was "an extraordinary documentary... [a] fearless exploration of complexity in a world drawn to oversimplified depictions of events and problems, heroes and villains."[25]
  • Mistaken for Strangers (2013) 80 minutes (executive producer and additional editor) - Ostensibly a rock-doc about the indie band, The National, the film is actually a heartbreaking comedy about sibling rivalry (directed by Tom Berninger, the lead singer’s younger brother). It was the opening night film at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it received rave reviews. The Hollywood Reporter called it "Brutal, hilarious... unexpectedly honest"[26] and the New York Observer said it was "the best documentary we've seen all year."[27] It was released theatrically in early 2014.
  • Amazing Animated Film on the Debt and the Deficit (2014) 8 minutes (director, writer) - Curry was one of twenty documentary and narrative directors (including Morgan Spurlock, Steve James, Catherine Hardwicke, Adam McKay) who were commissioned by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions to make this short film about the debt and the deficit for the WE THE ECONOMY series.[28]
  • Point and Shoot (2014) 83 minutes[29] (director, producer, editor) - Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival,[11] Point and Shoot tells the story of Matthew VanDyke, a Baltimore native who sets off on a 35,000 mile motorcycle adventure that eventually leads him to Libya, where he joins the rebels fighting dictator Muammar Gaddafi. It won Best Documentary at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival[30] and was released theatrically by The Orchard.[31] The film was given an "A" grade by John Anderson (Indiewire), who said it was "a virtual swashbuckler".[32] It was called "brilliantly constructed and provocative" by Peter Keough (The Boston Globe),[33] "riveting... an extraordinary and quietly disturbing film" by David Rooney (The Hollywood Reporter),[34] and Jay Weissberg (Variety) said the "editing is a standout."[35]

Awards[edit]

Street Fight

Racing Dreams[46]

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front[53]

Point and Shoot

  • Tribeca Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature (winner)[60]
  • Gotham Award, Best Documentary Feature (nominee)[61]
  • IDA Documentary Award, Best Documentary Feature (nominee)[62]
  • Cinema Eye Honors, Outstanding Achievement in Editing (nominee)
  • Independent Film Festival Boston, Special Jury Prize (winner)[63]
  • Little Rock Film Festival, Special Jury Prize for Courage in Filmmaking (winner)[64]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Smartest Guy in Summit?, a March 5, 2006 article from The New York Times
  2. ^ Marshall Curry '92 Chases Racing Dreams, His Second Award-Winning Documentary from Swarthmore College
  3. ^ [1], a January 25, 2012 article from Swarthmore College News
  4. ^ Street Fight press kit from Human Rights Watch
  5. ^ "Bio | Street Fight". POV. PBS. 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
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  7. ^ "25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM 2005". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "2012 Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award: David France". International Documentary Association. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front". Sundance. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "THE 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS". Oscars.org. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  11. ^ a b O'Connell, Max. "2014 Tribeca Film Festival Winners Include 'Zero Motivation,' 'Point and Shoot' and more". Indiewire. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Bio | If a Tree Falls | POV". PBS. 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  13. ^ "Street Fight". StreetFightfilm.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  14. ^ Nomination at Oscars[dead link]
  15. ^ "Street Fight (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Denby, David. "Candid Cameras". The New Yorker. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Anderson, John. "Review: ‘Street Fight’". Variety. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  18. ^ Foundas, Scott. "Dirty Deeds". LA Weekly. 
  19. ^ "Racing Dreams". RacingDreamsfilm.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  20. ^ O'Neil, Tom. "Tribeca Film Festival Awards". LA Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Racing Dreams (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "Too Young for Driver’s Licenses, but With Full-Throttle Ambitions". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  23. ^ "If a Tree Falls". Ifatreefallsfilm.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  24. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "Kenneth Turan's film picks: 'If a Tree Falls,' 'Honeymoon Killers' - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/07/kenneth-turans-film-picks-if-a-tree-falls-honeymoon-killers.html#sthash.1Ouw5yX6.dpuf". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  25. ^ Revkin, Andrew. "If a Tree Falls, Can it Win an Oscar?". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  26. ^ Zakarin, Jordan. "Tribeca: The Brutal, Hilarious and Unlikely Story of The National's 'Mistaken for Strangers'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  27. ^ Grant, Drew. "The Song Is You: The Fantastic Mistaken for Strangers Opens Tribeca Film Festival, Reveals Ultimate Sibling Rivalry Story". Observer. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  28. ^ McIntosh, Heather. "We the Economy". POV. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  29. ^ "Point and Shoot". PointandShootfilm.com. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  30. ^ O'Connell, Max (24 April 2014). "2014 Tribeca Film Festival Winners Include 'Zero Motivation,' 'Point and Shoot' and more". Indiewire. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  31. ^ Kilday, Greg (5 August 2014). "Marshall Curry's Tribeca-Winning Doc 'Point and Shoot' Goes to The Orchard". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  32. ^ Anderson, John. "ribeca Film Festival Review: Why Marshall Curry's 'Point and Shoot' Is Due For a Hollywood Remake". Indiewire. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  33. ^ Keough, Peter. "‘Point and Shoot’ takes aim at a hero of our time". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  34. ^ Rooney, David. "'Point and Shoot': Provincetown Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  35. ^ Weissberg, Jay. "Film Review: ‘Point and Shoot’". Variety. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
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  39. ^ "2005 Hot Docs Award Archive". Hot Docs. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  40. ^ "2005 Hot Docs Awards Archive". Hot Docs. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  41. ^ "SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival Announces Festival Winners". PR Newswire. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  42. ^ "Ashland Independent Film Festival". AshlandFilm.org. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  43. ^ "Awards". Watch Docs. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  44. ^ Scott, Gabriel. "Writers Guild Announces Nominees for the 2006 Documentary Screenplay Award". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  45. ^ "2007 Notable Videos for Adults". American Library Association. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  46. ^ "Award-winning Racing Dreams Follows Three Tweens With Supercharged NASCAR Ambitions; Special POV Broadcast Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 on PBS | Press Room | POV". PBS. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  47. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "Tribeca Film Festival Names Prizewinners". NY Times. 
  48. ^ Ridley, Jim. "Hipsters,' 'The Colonel's Bride,' 'Racing Dreams,' Van Peebles Cop Prizes at NaFF". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  49. ^ Knegt, Peter. ""Winter's Bone," "Flag" Top Florida Fest Winners". Indiewire. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
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  51. ^ "Racing Dreams Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  52. ^ "Racing Dreams". International Cinema US. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  53. ^ "If A Tree Falls | Bullfrog Films: 1-800-543-3764: Environmental DVDs and Educational DVDs". Bullfrog Films. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
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  55. ^ "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front". Sundance Institute. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  56. ^ "2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Announces Award Winners". Vimooz. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  57. ^ a b IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1787725/awards?ref_=tt_ql_4. Retrieved 14 May 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  58. ^ Smith, Nigel M. ""Weekend" & "If a Tree Falls" Win Big in Nashville". Indiewire. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  59. ^ "Santa Cruz Film Festival Awards". Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  60. ^ O'Connell, Max. "2014 Tribeca Film Festival Winners Include 'Zero Motivation,' 'Point and Shoot' and more". Indiewire. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  61. ^ Lewis, Hilary. "2014 Gotham Award Nominations Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  62. ^ Busch, Anita. "'Citizenfour,' 'The Sixties' Among IDA Documentary Award Nominees". Deadline. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  63. ^ Malcuit, Caitlin. "IFF Boston Winners Announced". The Backstage Beat. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  64. ^ "LRFF2014 Grand Prize Winners". Little Rock Film Festival. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 

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