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Born: February 12, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, director

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Ever since his emergence with the breakout indie feature "Pi" (1998) - a schizophrenic sci-fi meditation on life, death and the cruelty of fate - writer-director Darren Aronofsky became something of a wunderkind who, unfortunately, would fall prey to artistic hubris and creative excess by the time he directed the incomprehensible time travel fable, "The Fountain" (2006). But in between the two milestone films, the director managed to turn grim subject matter - drug addiction, madness and the End Times - into exciting cinema by drawing upon his hip-hop influences to create a hyperkinetic filmmaking style that encompassed high-speed editing and rapid-fire images. But beyond the surface of his filmmaking technique was an obsessive drive to artistically answer the Big Questions of why we are here and what comes after death. In the process, Aronofsky created a legion of Gen-X, post-punk adherents who flocked to every movie, while receiving a fair share of criticism for his overreaching pretensions. Nonetheless, Aronofsky remained a dedicated artist, steadfastly refusing to succumb to studio pressures on his way to making visually flamboyant, metaphysically probing and emotionally engaging films. ...

Ever since his emergence with the breakout indie feature "Pi" (1998) - a schizophrenic sci-fi meditation on life, death and the cruelty of fate - writer-director Darren Aronofsky became something of a wunderkind who, unfortunately, would fall prey to artistic hubris and creative excess by the time he directed the incomprehensible time travel fable, "The Fountain" (2006). But in between the two milestone films, the director managed to turn grim subject matter - drug addiction, madness and the End Times - into exciting cinema by drawing upon his hip-hop influences to create a hyperkinetic filmmaking style that encompassed high-speed editing and rapid-fire images. But beyond the surface of his filmmaking technique was an obsessive drive to artistically answer the Big Questions of why we are here and what comes after death. In the process, Aronofsky created a legion of Gen-X, post-punk adherents who flocked to every movie, while receiving a fair share of criticism for his overreaching pretensions. Nonetheless, Aronofsky remained a dedicated artist, steadfastly refusing to succumb to studio pressures on his way to making visually flamboyant, metaphysically probing and emotionally engaging films.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Noah (2014)
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  Black Swan (2010)
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  Requiem for a Dream (2000) Director
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  Pi (1998) Director

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Raised in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York
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After high school, moved to Israel to live on a kibbutz
1991:
Senior thesis film "Supermarket Sweep" was a national finalist in the Student Academy Awards
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Moved to Los Angeles to study at the American Film Institute
1998:
Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "Pi"
1998:
Inked deal to script and direct a feature based on the comic book "Ronin" (not to be confused with 1998 feature of the same name)
1999:
Selected to participate in Sundance Screenwriters Lab, working on the script "Requiem for a Dream"
2000:
Wrote and directed "Requiem for a Dream" (adapted from the novel by Hubert Selby Jr); screened at Cannes
2006:
Re-wrote the film "The Fountain," from a $75 million epic to a $30 million film and released it in 2006, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz
2008:
Directed the well received, "The Wrestler," about professional wrestler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson (played by Mickey Rourke)
2010:
Directed "Black Swan," a psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as ballet dancers in a New York City production of Swan Lake
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director ("Black Swan")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Director ¿ Motion Picture ("Black Swan")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("Black Swan")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Director ¿ Motion Picture
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing
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Education

AFI Conservatory: Los Angeles , California -
Edward R Murrow High School: Brooklyn , New York - 1987
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1991
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1991
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1992

Notes

"The great thing about Sundance is that I came here two years ago. Very lost. I had been trying to set up a film in New York for a long time. It's just too big for me ... I came to Sundance and I really saw the films they were praising were really great films made by directors who were really doing their films. Here are these bad-assed people who went out, made out their own projects and Sundance is praising them, and you know what, if you go out, you do what you want to do, if you're not a copycat and you just do it, you'll get recognized. That's the only way to do it well." --Darren Aronofsky to www.Indiewire.com, January 21, 1998.

"Ultimately I would classify myself as existential humanist. I think we're here for some reason, but that reason we'll never, ever know. But while we're here there is hope and promise of the great things that we can do. [In "Pi"], Max's tragic flaw is searching for the unkown and for God and for what we're all going to share when we're dead before our time. Life isn't about order; it's about chaos. And that's what makes life worth living." --Aronofsky quoted in Filmmaker, Winter 1998.

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father:
Abraham Aronofksy. Science teacher. Appeared briefly in "Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream".
mother:
Charlotte Aronofsky. Teacher. Provided crafts services during the making of "Pi"; appeared in "Requiem for a Dream".

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