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      Rick Famuyiwa

      Rick Famuyiwa

      Highest Rated: 88% Dope (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 15% Our Family Wedding (2010)

      Birthday: Jun 18, 1973

      Birthplace: Not Available

      One of the more distinguished indie writer-directors to emerge in the late 1990s and early 2000s, African-American filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa built his reputation on a series of critically acclaimed features, many woven around the themes of racial diversity and self-acceptance. A native of Los Angeles, Famuyiwa grew up in Southern California as a first-generation Nigerian immigrant. Following graduation from high school, he attended the University of Southern California as a film student, with a dual emphasis on critical studies and production. One of Famuyiwa's earliest shorts, the 12-minute "Blacktop Lingo" (1996) drew such a favorable reaction that it elicited an invitation to the Sundance Filmmakers Institute, and that ultimately led to the production of his debut feature, "The Wood" (1999). Produced by MTV Films and co-starring then newcomers Omar Epps and Taye Diggs, it presented a fictionalized account of Famuyiwa's experiences coming of age in Inglewood, California. "The Wood" was a financial success; produced on a budget of $6 million, it grossed over $25 million, and paved the way for many additional motion pictures. Follow-ups included the Taye Diggs-Sanaa Lathan romantic drama "Brown Sugar" (2002), and "Our Family Wedding" (2010), an ensemble comedy starring Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera set against the backdrop of the 2008 presidential election. Famuyiwa also scripted his friend Kasi Lemmons's directorial effort "Talk to Me" (2007), a chronicle of 1960s radio DJ "Petey" Greene's colorful life and career. Famuyiwa's fourth outing as director, the drama "Dope" (2015), found a berth at Sundance; it reteamed the artist with Forest Whitaker, telling the story of a young man who gets caught in the cross-fire of a botched drug deal.

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      Confirmation, Rick Famuyiwa, ©HBOMR OUR FAMILY WEDDING, director Rick Famuyiwa, on set, 2010. TM & copyright ©Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved OUR FAMILY WEDDING, from left: Forest Whitaker, director Rick Famuyiwa, on set, 2010. TM & copyright ©Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved Confirmation, from left: Rick Famuyiwa, Greg Kinnear, Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Susannah Grant, Michael London, ©HBOMR THE WOOD, director Rick Famuyiwa, on set, 1999. ©Paramount

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      84% 73% Confirmation Director - 2016
      88% 83% Dope Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $17.5M 2015
      15% 48% Our Family Wedding Director,
      Screenwriter
      $20.2M 2010
      83% 77% Talk to Me Screenwriter $4.5M 2007
      66% 90% Brown Sugar Director,
      Screenwriter
      $27.4M 2002
      61% 92% The Wood Director,
      Writer
      $25.0M 1999

      TV

      Credit
      90% 78% The Mandalorian Executive Producer,
      Director
      2023
      69% 93% They Call Me Magic Executive Producer,
      Director
      2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest