James Gray

James Gray (born April 14, 1969; New York City) is an American film director and screenwriter. Gray was born in New York City and grew up in the neighborhood of Flushing. He is of Ukrainian-Jewish descent, with grandparents from Ostropol, Western Ukraine. The original family name was "Grayevsky". His father was once an electronics contractor. Gray attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where his student film, Cowboys and Angels, helped him get an agent and the attention of producer Paul Webster, who encouraged him to write a script which he could produce. As a child growing up in Queens, New York, Gray aspired to be a painter. However, when introduced in his early teenage years to the works of various filmmakers, including Francis Ford Coppola, Gray's interests expanded to the art of filmmaking. The Yards returned Gray to Queens where the story takes place. In 1994, at age 25, Gray made his first feature film "Little Odessa" (1994), a film starring Tim Roth about a hit man confronted by his younger brother upon returning to his hometown, "Little Odessa," a section of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The film won the Silver Lion at the 51st Venice International Film Festival. Miramax Films released James Gray's second feature, "The Yards" (2000) starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Faye Dunaway, Ellen Burstyn, Charlize Theron and James Caan in fall of 2000. The film was selected for official competition at the 2000 Cannes International ...

Little Odessa (1994)

The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Edward Furlong  •  Tim Roth  •  Moira Kelly  •  Vanessa Redgrave

The film follows the personal relationship between a father and his two sons, one of whom is a hit-man for the Russian mafia in Brooklyn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Edward Furlong  •  Tim Roth  •  Moira Kelly  •  Vanessa Redgrave

The Yards (2000)

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In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Charlize Theron  •  James Caan

In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Charlize Theron  •  James Caan

The Immigrant (2013)

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1921 New York. An immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Jeremy Renner  •  Marion Cotillard  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Dagmara Domińczyk

1921 New York. An immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Jeremy Renner  •  Marion Cotillard  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Dagmara Domińczyk

Dreamers (2012)

Dreamers is a film directed by Noelle Deschamps in 2012. Creation was always imagined as a mysterious process. Following these filmmakers, brings to light their passion, their imagination and their magical process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noëlle Deschamps
CAST:  Guillermo Arriaga  •  Jacques Audiard  •  John Boorman  •  Michel Gondry

Dreamers is a film directed by Noelle Deschamps in 2012. Creation was always imagined as a mysterious process. Following these filmmakers, brings to light their passion, their imagination and their magical process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noëlle Deschamps
CAST:  Guillermo Arriaga  •  Jacques Audiard  •  John Boorman  •  Michel Gondry

The Lost City of Z (2017)

A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Robert Pattinson  •  Sienna Miller  •  Charlie Hunnam  •  Tom Holland

A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Robert Pattinson  •  Sienna Miller  •  Charlie Hunnam  •  Tom Holland

Two Lovers (2008)

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A depressed man moves back in with his parents following a recent heartbreak and finds himself with two women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Isabella Rossellini  •  Vinessa Shaw

A depressed man moves back in with his parents following a recent heartbreak and finds himself with two women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Isabella Rossellini  •  Vinessa Shaw

We Own the Night (2007)

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A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Eva Mendes  •  Alex Veadov  •  Mark Wahlberg

A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Eva Mendes  •  Alex Veadov  •  Mark Wahlberg

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

Filmmakers discuss the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock and the book “Hitchcock/Truffaut” (“Le cinéma selon Hitchcock”), written by François Truffaut and published in 1966.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kent Jones
CAST:  Bob Balaban  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Wes Anderson  •  Peter Bogdanovich

Filmmakers discuss the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock and the book “Hitchcock/Truffaut” (“Le cinéma selon Hitchcock”), written by François Truffaut and published in 1966.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kent Jones
CAST:  Bob Balaban  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Wes Anderson  •  Peter Bogdanovich

Ad Astra (2019)

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The near future, a time when both hope and hardships drive humanity to look to the stars and beyond. While a mysterious phenomenon menaces to destroy life on planet Earth, astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across the immensity of space and its many perils ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Ruth Negga  •  Donald Sutherland

The near future, a time when both hope and hardships drive humanity to look to the stars and beyond. While a mysterious phenomenon menaces to destroy life on planet Earth, astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across the immensity of space and its many perils ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Ruth Negga  •  Donald Sutherland

An American Named Kazan (2019)

Elia Kazan represented the American dream. An immigrant who came without anything and who became the Prince of Hollywood and Broadway after World War II. Actor, theater director, filmmaker, writer, he is the founder of Actor’s Studio, a collaborator of Arthur ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claire Duguet
CAST:  Elia Kazan  •  Patricia Bosworth  •  Jay Cocks  •  James Gray

Elia Kazan represented the American dream. An immigrant who came without anything and who became the Prince of Hollywood and Broadway after World War II. Actor, theater director, filmmaker, writer, he is the founder of Actor’s Studio, a collaborator of Arthur ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claire Duguet
CAST:  Elia Kazan  •  Patricia Bosworth  •  Jay Cocks  •  James Gray

Le Nozze di Figaro (2019)

In this new "Marriage of Figaro", Jérémie Rhorer revisits this composer and US film director James Gray makes his first foray into opera. This opera is recorded for broadcast by Louise Narboni.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray  •  Louise Narboni
CAST:  Anna Aglatova  •  Robert Gleadow  •  Stéphane Degout  •  Vannina Santoni

In this new "Marriage of Figaro", Jérémie Rhorer revisits this composer and US film director James Gray makes his first foray into opera. This opera is recorded for broadcast by Louise Narboni.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray  •  Louise Narboni
CAST:  Anna Aglatova  •  Robert Gleadow  •  Stéphane Degout  •  Vannina Santoni

Cowboys and Angels (1991)

This is James Gray's student film from the University of Southern California. It involves a private detective who recalls a story involving a young girl, who has become a stripper, and her father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Jace Kent  •  Dionne Barnes  •  Harold Cannon  •  Sara Melson

This is James Gray's student film from the University of Southern California. It involves a private detective who recalls a story involving a young girl, who has become a stripper, and her father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Jace Kent  •  Dionne Barnes  •  Harold Cannon  •  Sara Melson

At Sundance (1995)

A group portrait of filmmakers attend the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. Featuring Matthew Harrison, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Todd Haynes, Greg Araki, Abel Ferrara, Atom Egoyan, James Gray, Robert Redford, Haskell Wexler, among many others. Co-directed by Amy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Almereyda  •  Amy Hobby
CAST:  Michael Almereyda  •  Robert Redford  •  Matthew Harrison  •  James Mangold

A group portrait of filmmakers attend the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. Featuring Matthew Harrison, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Todd Haynes, Greg Araki, Abel Ferrara, Atom Egoyan, James Gray, Robert Redford, Haskell Wexler, among many others. Co-directed by Amy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Almereyda  •  Amy Hobby
CAST:  Michael Almereyda  •  Robert Redford  •  Matthew Harrison  •  James Mangold

Godard Made in USA (2010)

Documentary by Luc Lagier exploring Godard's career as a filmmaker, the production of Breathless and his influence and his relationship with American cinema.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Lagier
CAST:  Robert Benton  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Brian De Palma  •  William Friedkin

Documentary by Luc Lagier exploring Godard's career as a filmmaker, the production of Breathless and his influence and his relationship with American cinema.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Lagier
CAST:  Robert Benton  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  Brian De Palma  •  William Friedkin

Armageddon Time (2022)

In 1980, Queens, New York, a young Jewish boy befriends a rebellious African-American classmate to the disapproval of his privileged family and begins to reckon with growing up in a world of inequality and prejudice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Jeremy Strong  •  Teddy Coluca

In 1980, Queens, New York, a young Jewish boy befriends a rebellious African-American classmate to the disapproval of his privileged family and begins to reckon with growing up in a world of inequality and prejudice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Jeremy Strong  •  Teddy Coluca

Brad Pitt: More Than a Pretty Face (2022)

Brad Pitt is a singular actor in Hollywood's glamorous world, breaking through his "playboy image" and embodying American cinema's renewal. At the beginning there was a humble Midwestern aware of being a smokescreen for the illusions of his time, who has managed to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thibaut Sève  •  Adrien Dénouette
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  David Fincher  •  Quentin Tarantino  •  Ridley Scott

Brad Pitt is a singular actor in Hollywood's glamorous world, breaking through his "playboy image" and embodying American cinema's renewal. At the beginning there was a humble Midwestern aware of being a smokescreen for the illusions of his time, who has managed to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thibaut Sève  •  Adrien Dénouette
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  David Fincher  •  Quentin Tarantino  •  Ridley Scott

Untitled JFK Project

This film will focus on JFK’s evolution from an unremarkable young man desperate to prove his mettle to his powerful father, into a WWII hero whose triumph over adversity hardened leadership skills that forged his path to the White House.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
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This film will focus on JFK’s evolution from an unremarkable young man desperate to prove his mettle to his powerful father, into a WWII hero whose triumph over adversity hardened leadership skills that forged his path to the White House.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
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