Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama

Highest Rated: 89% 78/52 (2017)

Lowest Rated: 9% Aeon Flux (2005)

Birthday: Mar 21, 1968

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Few filmmakers can have been inspired to make a movie while sparring in a boxing ring with a member of the opposite sex. But that was how Karyn Kusama came to make her 2000 debut feature, "Girlfight." The Japanese-American NYU Film School graduate was at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn in 1992 when her male training partner whispered in her ear during a clinch and encouraged her to hit him. Fascinated by the sport's power dynamic, as well as its lurches between grace and violence, Kusama named Santiago Douglas's character Adrian after her erstwhile opponent and admits there is a lot of herself in heroine Diane Guzman (Michelle Rodriguez). However, it would take eight years to raise funding for the film, during which time she worked in the office on John Sayles's 1996 crime drama "Lone Star." Yet, even though it won awards at Sundance and Cannes, "Girlfight" opened few doors for Kusama and five years passed before she completed her sophomore outing, a feature version of the animated MTV series "Æon Flux," which starred Charlize Theron as an assassin ordered by handler Frances McDormand to eliminate the ruler of a futuristic utopia. Another lengthy hiatus followed, during which time Kusama married and had a child with screenwriter Phil Hay, and directed the 2007 "Little Boy Blue" episode of "The L Word." She returned to cinema, two years later, with the darkly disconcerting comedy "Jennifer's Body," in which studious Amanda Seyfried has to end possessed cheerleader friend Megan Fox's bloodlusting killing spree.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
74% 50% Destroyer Director $1.5M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Destroyer Director - 2018
89% 78% 78/52 Self $30.3K 2017
70% 20% XX Director,
Screenwriter
$30.1K 2017
89% 69% The Invitation Director $231.7K 2015
45% 35% Jennifer's Body Director $16.2M 2009
9% 39% Aeon Flux Director $25.9M 2005
88% 75% Girlfight Director,
Writer
$1.5M 2000

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet What Happens in Hollywood Self 2021
91% 83% The Outsider Director 2020
90% 91% Halt and Catch Fire Director 2016-2017
84% 86% Masters of Sex Director 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016
No Score Yet 87% Chicago Fire Director 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Kills Unknown (Character)