|Born||November 16, 1981|
New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||Oberlin College|
|Known for||Independent filmmaker|
Ry Russo-Young (born November 16, 1981) is an American filmmaker, originally from New York City. Her early independent work has been associated with the mumblecore genre, though she has gone on to direct the wide release features Before I Fall (2017) and The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) as well as television and commercial projects. She lives in Los Angeles.
Her 2005 short film Marion won several awards including a Silver Hugo for Best Experimental Short at the Chicago International Film Festival. Her first feature, Orphans, won a special jury prize at South by Southwest in 2007. Her films Nobody Walks and You Wont Miss Me appeared at the Sundance Film Festival. Nobody Walks won a special jury prize and was released by Magnolia Pictures in 2014. You Wont Miss Me won a Gotham Award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You. She also appeared as an actress in Joe Swanberg's Hannah Takes the Stairs and Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel.
Russo-Young directed Before I Fall, based on the book by Lauren Oliver. The film stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, and Jennifer Beals, and was released by Open Road Films in 2017. Before I Fall premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017 and also had a special screening at the Next Wave 17 Toronto International Film Festival in February 2017.
Russo-Young's next feature as director is The Sun Is Also a Star, adapted from Nicola Yoon’s novel of the same name. The film stars Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, and John Leguizamo, and was co-produced by MGM and Warner Brothers. The film follows high school student Natasha Kingsely (Shahidi) who falls for Daniel Bae (Melton) the day before she is to be deported. It was released on May 17, 2019.
- TBA: Nightlife
- 2019: The Sun Is Also a Star
- 2018: Cloak & Dagger (Episode: "Princeton Offense")
- 2018: Sweetbitter (Episode: "Weird Night")
- 2018: Everything Sucks! (Episodes: "What the Hell's a Zarginda?", "Sometimes I Hear My Voice", and "Cheesecake to a Fat Man")
- 2017: Before I Fall
- 2012: Nobody Walks
- 2009: You Wont Miss Me
- 2007: Orphans
- 2005: Marion (Short)
- 2003: Babes in Toyland (Short)
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