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Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: director

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Writer-director James Gray made his mark on the independent film world with a number of acclaimed dramas that explored his interest in human behavior; in particular, loyalty among families, tribes and lovers. Gray was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his first feature, "Little Odessa" (1994), and from that film's gritty setting in Brooklyn's Russian Mafia underworld, he went into the seedy New York club scene for "We Own The Night" (2007), starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg. When Gray boldly moved away from crime dramas towards romance with "Two Lovers" (2009), more accolades were forthcoming, proving that the filmmaker was skilled enough to create absorbing, emotionally complex characters that were not necessarily packing heat.

Writer-director James Gray made his mark on the independent film world with a number of acclaimed dramas that explored his interest in human behavior; in particular, loyalty among families, tribes and lovers. Gray was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his first feature, "Little Odessa" (1994), and from that film's gritty setting in Brooklyn's Russian Mafia underworld, he went into the seedy New York club scene for "We Own The Night" (2007), starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg. When Gray boldly moved away from crime dramas towards romance with "Two Lovers" (2009), more accolades were forthcoming, proving that the filmmaker was skilled enough to create absorbing, emotionally complex characters that were not necessarily packing heat.

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  Lowlife (2013)
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  Two Lovers (2008)
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  Yards, The (1999) Director
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  Little Odessa (1994) Director
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  Cowboys and Angels (1993) Director

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 At Sundance (1995)
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 At Sundance (1995) Himself
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1991:
Debut short film, "Cowboys and Angels"
1994:
Made his film debut, "Little Odessa," about a hit man confronted by his younger brother upon returning to his hometown
2000:
Directed second film, "The Yards"
2007:
Directed Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg in "We Own the Night"
2009:
Re-teamed with Joaquin Phoenix for "Two Lovers"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director ("Two Lovers")
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1991

Notes

"He is compulsive, neurotic and brilliant!" --James Caan on James Gray, quoted by Liz Smith in her syndicated column, October 18, 2000.

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