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Rick Famuyiwa

Rick Famuyiwa made his feature debut as writer/director on Paramount Pictures' romantic comedy THE WOOD. The sleeper hit starring Taye Diggs, Omar Epps, and Richard T. Jones grew out of Famuyiwa's original screenplay which was originally developed and workshopped at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Institute. Next Famuyiwa directed and co-wrote the popular film, BROWN SUGAR, starring Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, and Queen Latifah. Then in 2007, Famuyiwa received critical praise for his screenplay to the critically lauded film TALK TO ME starring Academy-Award nominee Don Cheadle.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Famuyiwa double-majored in Cinema/Television Production and Critical Studies. During his senior year at USC, he wrote and directed a thesis film, BLACKTOP LINGO. The short brought him acclaim and industry attention, and was one of 29 films selected (out of 1,500 submissions) to screen at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, making Famuyiwa the first undergraduate from USC to have a film shown at the Festival.

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Rick Famuyiwa Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthdayJune 18, 1973 (50)
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is Rick Famuyiwa compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Wood
Brown Sugar
Our Family Wedding
It's a Love Thang Boxset
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