Rick Famuyiwa, born June 18, 1973, is a Nigerian-American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He has produced several films, including the 1999 film, The Wood. Rick Famuyiwa grew up in Inglewood, close to Los Angeles, California.
|Full Name:||Rick Famuyiwa|
|Date of Birth:||June 18, 1973|
|Place of Birth:||Inglewood, California|
|State of Origin:||California|
|Net Worth:||$1 million|
Early Life and Education
Rick Famuyiwa was raised in Inglewood, California, not far from Los Angeles where he was born to a Nigerian parents.
Famuyiwa is the son of Nigerian immigrants, residing in the United States of America.
After graduating from high school, Famuyiwa enrolled at the University of Southern California (USC), where she double majored in film & television production and critical studies in the cinematic arts.
Todd Boyd, a film lecturer at the institution who would later assist Famuyiwa in writing and producing his first feature film, was a close collaborator for Famuyiwa during that time.
Before graduating in 1996, Famuyiwa made the 12-minute short film Blacktop Lingo, which received favorable reviews from critics and earned him an invitation to the Sundance Filmmaker’s Institute.
Famuyiwa completed The Wood, his debut feature film, while he was a student at the Sundance Director’s Lab in 1997.
Rick Famuyiwa’s debut full-length film, The Wood is a semi-autobiographical portrayal of his Inglewood upbringing.
amuyiwa intended his debut picture to be reminiscent of his family and his friends as he was writing the script while working at the Beverly Hills Niketown.
When he was a junior in high school, Famuyiwa and his family relocated to Inglewood, and some of the events he portrays in the film The Wood, which he also wrote and directed, are ones he had with his close friends and family.
The plot of the movie was improved by Famuyiwa while he was a member of the Sundance Director’s Lab, and he also cast about half of the actors, including Omar Epps and Taye Diggs.
Diggs’ character, who unexpectedly develops alcoholism a few hours before his own wedding, is brought back to awareness by the characters played by Epps and Richard T. Jones in the movie.
The three junior high school classmates recall their years as teenagers in “the Wood,” an affectionate acronym for their hometown of Inglewood, while trying to wake him up and bring him back to reality.
Famuyiwa was named The Flash’s director in June 2016 after Seth Grahame-Smith opted out of the endeavor.
In October 2016, Famuyiwa departed from the role of the movie.
He has been working on the project since June, including supervising the casting of Kiersey Clemons and Billy Crudup in significant roles.
Rick Famuyiwa took part in a conversation hosted by the Directors Guild of America African American Steering Committee in 2003 as a member of a panel of directors.
He also joined on the discussion by other African American directors Kasi Lemmons and Gary Hardwick as they talked about the difficulties and opportunities that African American directors encounter in the film industry.
Famuyiwa thinks that a lot of prejudices and hurdles need to be dismantled in the industry before African Americans are accorded the respect they deserve, based on his own experiences in obtaining finance and backing for his films.
Rick Famuyiwa Net Worth
Rick Famuyiwa’s net worth is an estimated $1 million. He is an established Nigerian-American filmmaker and one of the best in the industry.
Rick Famuyiwa is married to Glenita Mosley. They got married in 1999, after they met at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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