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Derek Cianfrance

Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied (1998), won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best film. Raw Footage went on to be awarded a Special... See full bio »

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Blue Valentine
Blue Valentine Director
The Light Between Oceans
Brother Tied
Brother Tied Director


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 2012 Cagefighter (Documentary)
 2008 The Power of Dreams - Dream the Impossible (TV Series documentary short)
 2006 Black and White: A Portrait of Sean Combs (TV Movie documentary)
 2005 Battlegrounds: King of the Court (TV Series documentary)
 2004 Meet the Lucky Ones (Short)
 2004 Battlegrounds: King of the World (TV Series documentary)
 2001 Shots in the Dark (TV Movie documentary)
 1998 Brother Tied
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[on making Blue Valentine (2010)] There was one day where we were shooting on the bus. That's a bit of a movie trope - the encounter on a bus - and yet when we shot that scene, we had a rainbow come out of nowhere. When stuff like that happens, and I know it sounds kind of corny, but you really feel that you are doing the right thing at the right time. See more »


In Blue Valentine (2010), he had co-stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams live together for a month in house that would be their on-screen home. See more »

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