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Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow has directed films like Point Break and Zero Dark Thirty. In 2009, she became the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director for The Hurt Locker (2008).
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Born on November 27, 1951, in San Carlos, California, Kathryn Bigelow is a popular filmmaker known for her incredible visuals and heart-pounding action sequences. In 1979, Bigelow moved from short to feature-length films. In 1981, she created The Loveless. She attracted more notice for her next effort, Near Dark. Her next project was 1991's Point Break. After that, she tried her hand at television,
"My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one. Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognized film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people."
"[My father's] dream was being a cartoonist, but he never achieved it ... I think part of my interest in art had to do with his yearning for something he could never have."
directing the miniseries Wild Palms. She co-created the movie The Hurt Locker (2008), for which won an Academy Award for best director—becoming the first woman to receive this honor—and directed Zero Dark Thirty in 2012.
Director, artist, writer and producer Kathryn Bigelow was born on November 27, 1951, in San Carlos, California. Known for her incredible visuals and heart-pounding action sequences, Kathryn Bigelow is one of today's most fascinating directors. Bigelow was inspired in part by her father, who liked to draw cartoons. "His dream was being a cartoonist, but he never achieved it ... I think part of my interest in art had to do with his yearning for something he could never have," she later told Newsweek.
Bigelow studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute after finishing high school. Winning a scholarship, she then moved to New York City to attend the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1972. Bigelow eventually changed her focus to another visual medium: film. "My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one. Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognized film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people," Bigelow explained to Interview magazine.
She made her first short movie, The Set-Up, in 1978. The film explored the topic of violence, which would become a recurring theme in her work. She earned her master's degree in film theory and criticism from Columbia University in 1979, and moved on to feature-length projects. In 1981, Bigelow created The Loveless, featuring Willem Dafoe, which was partly inspired by her love of the 1954 classic film, The Wild Ones. The movie earned critical acclaim, but she attracted more notice for her next effort, Near Dark (1987), a vampire tale set in the American West.
In 1989, she released her first major studio project, Blue Steel. The film starred Jamie Lee Curtis as a rookie police officer who becomes entangled with a murderer, played by Ron Silver. Reviews for the film were mixed, with some criticizing its weak plot and intense violence while others praised its imagery.
Bigelow's next project was 1991's Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. Reeves played an FBI agent trying to capture a gang of surf-loving bank robbers led by Swayze's character. She worked on the film with her husband, director James Cameron, who was known at the time for such blockbuster films as The Terminator and Aliens.
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