Aronofsky, Darren 1969–

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ARONOFSKY, Darren 1969–


Born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York; son of Abraham (a science teacher) and Charlotte (a teacher) Aronofsky. Education: Graduated from Harvard University; attended the Center for Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute; participated in Sundance Screenwriters Lab, 1999.

Addresses: Office—Protozoa Pictures Inc., 438 West 37th St., New York, NY 10018. Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist—Image Management Public Relations, 8271 Melrose Ave., Ste. 208, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Career: Director, producer, and screenwriter. Amoeba Proteus (a production company), founder; Protozoa Pictures Inc., principal.

Awards, Honors: National finalist, Student Academy Awards, 1991, for Supermarket Sweep; Florida Film Critics Award, newcomer of the year, Grand Special Prize Award nomination, Deauville Film Festival, Open Palm Award, Gotham Awards, Grand Jury Prize Award nomination—dramatic and Director's Award—dramatic, both Sundance Film Festival, Golden Alexander Award nomination, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Grand Prix Asturias Award nomination, Gijon International Film Festival, best feature, Best International Film Award (won third place), Fant–Asia Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize—Special Mention, international competition, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 1998, Independent Spirit Award, best first screenplay, Independent Spirit Award nomination (with Eric Watson), best first feature, Special Mention, Malaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema, 1999, all for Pi; Golden Spike Award, Valladolid International Film Festival, Bronze Horse Award nomination, Stockholm Film Festival, 2000, Online Film Critics Society Award, best director, Independent Spirit Award nomination, best director, Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination, best director, Bram Stoker Award nomination (with Hubert Selby, Jr.), screenplay, 2001, all for Requiem for a Dream; Young Hollywood Award, hottest young filmmaker, 2001; Franklin J. Schaffner Award, American Film Institute, 2001.


Film Director:

Supermarket Sweep (senior thesis film), 1991.

Protozoa, 1993.

Pi, Live Entertainment, 1998.

Requiem for a Dream (also known as Delusion over Addiction), Artisan, 1999.

Film Executive Producer:

Below, Miramax, 2002.

Film Work:

Second unit director, Phat Beach, Orion, 1996.

Film Appearances:

The Making of "Requiem for a Dream," 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Presenter, The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2001.

Young Hollywood Awards, 2001.

Hollywood High (documentary), AMC, 2003.



Protozoa, 1993.

Pi, Live Entertainment, 1998.

Requiem for a Dream (adaptation of the novel by Hubert Selby, Jr.; also known as Delusion over Addiction), Artisan, 1999.

Below, Miramax, 2002.



Entertainment Weekly, June 26, 1998, p. 24.