Karyn Kusama


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Karyn Kusama was born on March 21, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for The Invitation (2015), Girlfight (2000) and Destroyer (2018). She has been married to Phil Hay since October 2006. They have one child. See full bio »

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Æon Flux
Tue, May 24 7:25 AM PDT on FLIX (623)
Chicago Fire
Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional (S3, Ep18)
Thu, May 26 4:00 PM PDT on USA (040)

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Known For

The Invitation Director
(2015)
Girlfight Director
(2000)
Destroyer Director
(2018)
Æon Flux Director
(2005)

Filmography

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  Dead Ringers (TV Series) (1 episode) (post-production)
 2021 Yellowjackets (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (2021)
 2021 In Treatment (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Brooke - Week 5 (2021)
- Laila - Week 5 (2021)
- Colin - Week 5 (2021)
- Eladio - Week 5 (2021)
 2020 The Outsider (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2018 Destroyer
 2014-2017 Halt and Catch Fire (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Ten of Swords (2017)
- The Threshold (2016)
 2016-2017 Billions (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Golden Frog Time (2017)
- Quality of Life (2016)
 2017 XX (segment "Her Only Living Son", directed by)
 2015-2016 The Man in the High Castle (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Land O' Smiles (2016)
- End of the World (2015)
 2016 Masters of Sex (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Night and Day (2016)
 2016 Casual (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Big Green Egg (2016)
 2015 Chicago Fire (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2015/I The Invitation (directed by)
 2013/I Speechless (Short)
 2007 The L Word (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Little Boy Blue (2007)
 2005 Æon Flux
 2000 Girlfight
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Spouse:

Phil Hay  (1 child)

Children:

Hay, Michio

Parents:

Kusama, Haruo | Kusama, Susan
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Personal Quote:

I don't think I'm ever going to work on a movie again where I don't have final cut. I've realized I'm a strong-minded director with a very clear sense of what I want to do, and I just want to be left alone to do it and I'm not sure the studios are necessarily the most instructive places for filmmakers to be, except to maybe to learn about the hard realities of commerce and art intermingling. See more »

Trivia:

Except for Girlfight (2000) and Jennifer's Body (2009), all of her feature films as of 2022 have been written by her husband Phil Hay and his writing partner Matt Manfredi.

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