Cary Fukunaga

Cary Fukunaga
Cary Fukunaga at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival
Fukunaga at the Tokyo International
Film Festival
in 2015
BornCary Joji Fukunaga
(1977-07-10) July 10, 1977 (age 41)
Oakland, California, U.S.
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
EducationGrenoble Institute of Political Studies
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Tisch School of the Arts
OccupationDirector, writer, cinematographer, producer
Years active2003–present

Cary Joji Fukunaga (born July 10, 1977)[1] is an American director, writer, film producer and cinematographer. He is known for writing and directing the 2009 film Sin Nombre and the 2011 film Jane Eyre; he also was the director and executive producer of the first season of the HBO series True Detective, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. He received acclaim for the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation, in which he was writer, director, producer, and cinematographer.[2] In September 2018, he was named as the director of the untitled 25th James Bond film (2020).

Early life

Fukunaga was born in Alameda, California. His father, Anthony Shuzo Fukunaga, was a third-generation Japanese-American, born in a Japanese internment camp during World War II.[3] His mother, Gretchen May (Grufman), is Swedish-American,[4][5][6] and worked as a dental hygienist, and later as a college history instructor and university assistant professor of history, from whom Cary got his original interest in history.[7] His parents divorced and remarried, his father to an Argentine woman, and his mother to a Mexican-American.[5]

Fukunaga said that his uncles and aunts are all elementary school teachers or scientists.[7] His family moved around a lot within the San Francisco Bay Area, moving to Berkeley, Albany, Vallejo, Benicia, Sebastopol and back to Oakland.[6]

Fukunaga originally wanted to be a pro snowboarder, but switched to filmmaking in his mid-twenties.[8] He got his start as a camera intern and later applied to film school.[9] He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1999,[10][11] and attended Institut d'études politiques (IEP) de Grenoble. He enrolled in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program.[12][13]

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