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Also Known As: Greg Nava, Gregory James Nava Died:
Born: April 10, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, director of photography, producer

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Nava won critical acclaim for his first two features, both produced on minimal budgets and both co-written by his wife, filmmaker Anna Thomas: "The Confessions of Amans" (1973), a medieval drama, won the Best First Feature Award at the Chicago International Film Festival; and "El Norte" (1983), a gripping, harrowing account of Guatemalan emigres struggling to survive in Southern California, earned an Oscar nomination for best screenplay. He fared less happily with his first attempt at big-budget Hollywood filmmaking, the overblown "A Time of Destiny" (1988). Nava later, though, won some respect for making one of the several mainstream (if modestly scaled) Hollywood films attempting breakthroughs with the representation of Latino-American family life, "My Family, Mi Familia" (1995).

Nava won critical acclaim for his first two features, both produced on minimal budgets and both co-written by his wife, filmmaker Anna Thomas: "The Confessions of Amans" (1973), a medieval drama, won the Best First Feature Award at the Chicago International Film Festival; and "El Norte" (1983), a gripping, harrowing account of Guatemalan emigres struggling to survive in Southern California, earned an Oscar nomination for best screenplay. He fared less happily with his first attempt at big-budget Hollywood filmmaking, the overblown "A Time of Destiny" (1988). Nava later, though, won some respect for making one of the several mainstream (if modestly scaled) Hollywood films attempting breakthroughs with the representation of Latino-American family life, "My Family, Mi Familia" (1995).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Bordertown (2007)
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  Selena (1997) Director
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  My Family: Mi Familia (1995) Director
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  Time of Destiny, A (1988) Director
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  North, The (1984) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Life Itself (2014)
2.
 Intimate Portrait: Constance Marie (2003) Interviewee
3.
 Intimate Portrait: Raquel Welch (2002) Interviewee
4.
 Intimate Portrait: Jennifer Lopez (2002) Interviewee
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 2001 ALMA Awards (2001) Presenter
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Made 30-minute film, "The Journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva," while a student (based on the life of Garcia Lorca)
1973:
Directed, wrote and produced first feature, "The Confessions of Amans"

Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

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wife:
Anna Thomas. Producer, screenwriter. Frequently works with Nava.

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brother:
John R Nava. Born in 1947.
son:
Christopher T Nava. Born in January 1984.
son:
Theodore T Nava. Born in September 1985.

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