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Courtney Hunt

Courtney Hunt

Highest Rated: 88% Frozen River (2008)

Lowest Rated: 35% The Whole Truth (2016)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

The rigors of law school convinced Courtney Hunt that a legal career was not for her, so she returned to her first love, the cinema, and became a fiercely independent writer and director. Her debut feature, "Frozen River" (2008), took an unflinching look at the circumstances that drive two women - one white (Melissa Leo), one Native American (Misty Upham) - to risk their lives by smuggling illegal immigrants across the Canadian border. The self-financed project was the hit of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and reaped critical accolades following its release to arthouse theaters later that year. Hunt's insistence on hard realism and biting drama helped to elevate her from relative unknown to an in-demand filmmaker with a unique perspective on women in film.

Photos

Courtney Hunt at arrivals for 81st Annual Academy Awards - ARRIVALS, Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 2/22/2009. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Courtney Hunt at arrivals for 81st Annual Academy Awards - ARRIVALS, Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 2/22/2009. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection FROZEN RIVER, director Courtney Hunt, on set, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics FROZEN RIVER, Melissa Leo (far left), director Courtney Hunt (center), on set, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics FROZEN RIVER, from left: Charlie McDermott, director Courtney Hunt, on set, 2008. ©Sony Pictures Classics

Filmography

Movies

Credit
35% 33% The Whole Truth Director - 2016
88% 74% Frozen River Director,
Writer
$2.5M 2008

TV

Credit
87% 81% Under the Banner of Heaven Director 2022
55% 91% Barkskins Director 2020
73% 58% Fear the Walking Dead Director 2017
78% 82% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Director 2011 2013
90% 57% In Treatment Director 2009-2010