Notable CU-Boulder Filmmakers

by tgreenburg | created - 14 Mar 2011 | updated - 13 Sep 2012 | Public

Notable directors, cinematographers, editors, animators, writers and composers who have studied or taught at The University of Colorado at Boulder.

1. Trey Parker

Music_department | South Park

Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park (1997)) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double ...

Trey was actually expelled from CU, but he still ended up in the University of Colorado's 'Hall of Excellence.'

2. Stan Brakhage

Director | The Loom

Stan Brakhage was born on January 14, 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Robert Sanders. He was a director and cinematographer, known for The Loom (1986), The God of Day Had Gone Down Upon Him (2000) and Persian Series (2001). He was married to Marilyn Jull and Jane Brakhage. He died on March 9,...

Master of experimental cinema and the late professor of Film Studies at CU.

3. Robert Redford

Actor | The Natural

Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955,...

Briefly attended CU.

4. Philip S. Solomon

Director | The Secret Garden

Philip S. Solomon was born on January 3, 1954 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Philip Stewart Solomon. He was a director, known for The Secret Garden (1988), Psalm II: 'Walking Distance' (1999) and Remains to Be Seen (1989). He died on April 20, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

5. Derek Cianfrance

Director | Blue Valentine

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...

6. Courtney Hoskins

Director | Gossamer Conglomerate

Courtney Hoskins is a director and producer, known for Gossamer Conglomerate (2002), Munkphilm (2002) and The Galilean Satellites (2003).

8. Michael Lauter

Director | Spectrauma

Award-winning motion picture director Michael Lauter began making short Super8 films at the age of ten and further experimented with image, sound and music throughout his junior high and high school years. In college he studied film and engineering. In 1990 Michael played keyboards in an industrial...

9. Monty Miranda

Director | Skills Like This

Monty Miranda is a director, writer and producer. He was born at Hahn Air Base, Germany. He began his post high school studies at the Air Force Academy and after six challenging months and one easy decision; he resigned and enrolled in the University of Colorado to study filmmaking and journalism. ...

10. Michael Brown

Cinematographer | Farther Than the Eye Can See

Michael Brown is known for his work on Farther Than the Eye Can See (2003), High Ground (2012) and The Alps (2007).

11. Matt Stone

Music_department | South Park

Matt Stone was born on May 26, 1971 in Houston, Texas, USA as Matthew Richard Stone. He is known for his work on South Park (1997), South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) and Team America: World Police (2004). He has been married to Angela Howard since 2008. They have two children.

12. Robert Muratore

Cinematographer | The Frame

Robert Muratore was born on December 23, 1968 in Casper, Wyoming, USA. He is known for his work on The Frame (2014), The People vs. George Lucas (2010) and 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017).

13. Eric Stough

Producer | South Park

Eric Stough is known for his work on South Park (1997), Team America: World Police (2004) and Orgazmo (1997).

14. Chris Graves

Cinematographer | The One Who Loves You

Chris Graves has been making animated and live action movies since he commandeered his neighbor's super-8 camera at the age of nine, and doing photography since building his own pinhole camera at age 11. He studied at the University of Colorado, concentrating on cinematography after studies in ...

15. Glenn Miller

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Alton Glenn Miller was born on March 1, 1904, in Clarinda, Iowa; the son of Lewis Elmer and Mattie Lou Cavender Miller. He started his music studies when his father gave him a mandolin. He soon traded the mandolin for an old horn. In 1916 he switched to trombone. In 1923, he enrolled in the ...

17. Alex Cox

Director | Repo Man

Throughout his years in the industry, Alex Cox, an English writer-director, has not only proven his loyalty and integrity to cult cinema, but also his love for it. This all began in 1977, when Cox dropped out of Oxford University to study Radio, Film & TV at Bristol until graduating in 1977. Seeing...

Teaches Film at CU.

18. Bruce Kawin

University of Colorado

Amazing professor and writer. Author of 'Mindscreen.'

Woefully overlooked experimental filmmaker. He creates stunningly beautiful hand-processed films. Was a student of Stan Brackhage.

21. Jasper Gray

Cinematographer | Uncle Jack

Known for his commerical work.

22. Dalton Trumbo

Writer | Roman Holiday

Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, arguably the most talented, most famous of the blacklisted film professionals known to history as the Hollywood 10, was born in Montrose, Colorado to Orus Trumbo and his wife, the former Maud Tillery.

Dalton Trumbo was raised at 1124 Gunnison Ave. in ...

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