Scott Sanders (director)

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Scott Sanders
Scott Sanders by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Scott Sanders at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born (1968-06-10) June 10, 1968 (age 50)
Alma materThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
OccupationScreenwriter, writer, film director
Known forBlack Dynamite
Thick as Thieves

Scott Sanders is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known for his work with the films Black Dynamite and Thick as Thieves.

Early life[edit]

Scott Sanders was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina and raised in Washington, DC. His mother is Mrs. Estelle "Bunny" Sanders, the current mayor of Roper, North Carolina. Sanders' Maternal grandfather E.V. Wilkins was the first black mayor of Roper, North Carolina and has a building named in his honor.[1][2] His father, John Thomas Sanders (deceased), was an employee of IBM and also owned and operated a popular D.C. area barbecue pit "Scott's BBQ", which he named after his son. "Scott's BBQ" was a popular eatery for local politicians; regular patrons included Thurgood Marshall and Walter Mondale.[citation needed]

Scott Sanders attended Sidwell Friends School where he graduated in 1986 and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated in 1991 and majored in Radio, TV, and Motion Pictures.[3]

One of Scott's closest childhood friends is actor Ben Shenkman. He went to middle school with Saturday Night Live cast member Ana Gasteyer and they had a scene together in a 7th grade production of the play Auntie Mame.


Sanders currently resides in Los Angeles, California. His first job upon arrival in Hollywood was working at United Talent Agency as an assistant to Pat Dollard, a conservative filmmaker, blogger, and mentor to Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh.

In addition to writing and directing, Sanders is also a DJ, spinning under the name "Suckapunch".[4]

Sanders began his career as a television writer working on TV shows such as A Different World, Roc, and The Wayans Brothers.

Sanders' directorial debut came on the 1998 HBO film Thick as Thieves, starring Alec Baldwin, Michael Jai White, Rebecca De Mornay, and Janeane Garofalo. Based on the novel of the same name by Patrick Quinn, and adapted for the screen by Sanders and Arthur Krystal, the film premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by HBO.

Black Dynamite premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Entertainment for worldwide distribution.[5] Scott Sanders directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay along with Michael Jai White and Byron Minns.[6] Black Dynamite appeared in many film festivals throughout 2009, including Sundance, Seattle International, Tribeca, Karlovy Vary International, Munich,[7] Edinburgh International, Copenhagen Film Festival, Melbourne International, and Deauville American. At the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival, Black Dynamite won the 2009 Golden Space Needle Award for "Most Popular Film".[8] Black Dynamite was released by Sony Pictures on October 16, 2009.


As writer/director:



  1. ^,_endowed_chair.htm[permanent dead link]
  2. ^!OpenDocument
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Can you dig it? Black Dynamite to premiere at Sundance + Red band trailer!". IMDb.
  6. ^ "Black Dynamite (2009)" – via
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  8. ^ Golden Space Needle Award#Golden Space Needle .28Best Film.29 and SIFF Awards for Best Short and Documentary

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