is an independent filmmaker known for his evocative, character-driven projects, set against the backdrop of his northern Florida home. Ruby in Paradise
, his feature prior to Ulee's Gold
, featured Ashley Judd
in her film debut and earned widespread critical praise for its depiction of the personal and economic struggles of a young southern woman. It screened during the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as at the New York Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. Nunez also produced, wrote and directed A Flash of Green
, based on the novel by Florida-based writer John D. MacDonald about a journalist's investigation of a Florida land swindle. Released in 1985, the film was made in association with American Playhouse and starred Ed Harris
, Blair Brown
and Richard Jordan
. Nunez explored the bittersweet tale of a wealthy widow charmed and abused by a young hustler in Gal Young'Un
, starring Dana Preu and David Peck. The film, based on the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' short story and set in 1920's Florida, won Best First Feature at the Chicago Film Festival and shared the USA/Park City Film Festival Best Feature Award. A FLASH OF GREEN, GAL YOUNG'N, and RUBY IN PARADISE were also selected for the Director's Fortnight at Cannesand the New York Film Festival.
Nunez served on the founding boards of the Independent Feature Project and the Sundance Film Institute, in addition to serving on the Film Advisory Council of the Florida Film Commission from 1983 to 1986. Nunez has participated on the selection panels of the NEA, CPB and the Florida Fine Arts Council. He is well aware of the ironies and contradictions implicit in the term independent filmmaker. Long live independent film!
Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.
Victor Nunez Facts
|Director, Producer, Writer
|Deland, Florida, USA
|Ruby in Paradise
|Oro Di Ulisse
|A Flash of Green