GARY ROSS (Director / Writer), a four-time Academy
Award-nominated writer, director
and producer, creates original stories that explore humanity through equal parts
humor. From his original screenplays for "Big" and "Dave," and his adaptations
and direction of
"Seabiscuit" and "The Hunger Games," to his original screenplays and direction
and "Ocean's 8," Ross's work as a filmmaker has been distinguished by a
fascination with that
which influences the best and worst in human behavior.
Previously, Ross developed, co-wrote and directed the record-setting box
office hit "The
Hunger Games," which spawned a hugely successful four-part franchise based on
Collins' dystopian trilogy. His last film, "The Free State of Jones," was the
product of years of
research, including a two-year fellowship at Harvard University, where he
studied the Civil War
era and Reconstruction.
Ross launched his career as co-writer of the hit film "Big," starring Tom
earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Next, he drew on his experience
in and love of
the American political process for his screenplay for the Capra-esque comedy hit
which he received his second Academy Award nomination and won the esteemed
of America (WGA) Paul Selvin Award.
In 1998, Ross marked his directorial debut with the ambitious and critically
"Pleasantville," which he also wrote and produced. In 2003, he wrote, directed
and produced the
much-celebrated epic feature "Seabiscuit," starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges,
Cooper. The film received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best
Picture and Best
Screenplay for Ross. He also received Directors Guild of America (DGA),
Producers Guild of
America (PGA) and WGA Award nominations, the USC Scripter Award, and several
award recognitions. Ross also developed, wrote and produced the animated
adventure "The Tale
of Despereaux," based on Kate DiCamillo's best-selling children's novel.
Ross's first book, Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind, was published in
by Candlewick Press. A children's fantasy, the illustrated book is written
completely in verse.
Ross is active in civic and charitable work. During his tenure as President of
Angeles Library, he established mentoring programs for inner city youth and
and youth-at-risk services throughout the Los Angeles library system. He has
numerous boards and charitable organizations, including his current service on
the L.A. River
Revitalization Corps, which is working with Architect Frank Gehry to transform
the LA River into
one of the largest urban parks in the nation.
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