Writer/Director Derek Cianfrance will be visiting FMA Wednesday, Feb 20th from 2-5pm in AH 202 for the Special Topics-Improv class taught by Professor Rodney Evens.
The class will screen his second feature film BLUE VALENTINE from 2-4pm and then have a Q&A/discussion with the filmmaker from 4-5pm.
DEREK CIANFRANCE (Writer/Director)
Derek attended the University of Colorado’s film school, where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three student films took the university’s top prize and earned him a Special Dean’s Grant for Achievement in the Arts as well as the Independent Film Channel’s top award for Excellence in Student Filmmaking.
Derek went on to shoot and edit his first feature, BROTHER TIED, at the age of 23. The film made its American premiere at Sundance, where it was lauded as “one of the most striking American independent debuts in some time” by The Guardian’s Jonathan Romney and hailed as a work of “visual genius” by Newsday’s John Anderson. The film traveled to over 30 festivals and won international awards at six of them.
Serving as director of photography, Derek revealed teen racing and Hispanic subculture in STREETS OF LEGEND for which he won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance 2003.
His second feature, BLUE VALENTINE, had its premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The Weinstein Company immediately acquired the film, which starred Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Gosling and Williams received a great deal of critical recognition for their roles, including ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ Golden Globe nominations and a ‘Best Actress’ Oscar nomination for Williams.Derek’s most recent feature, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes. He is also at work on an adaptation of the memoir MUSCLE for HBO.