Gregg Araki

Gregg Araki (born December 17, 1959) is an American filmmaker. He is noted for his heavy involvement with the New Queer Cinema movement. His film Kaboom (2010) was the first winner of the Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm.

Mysterious Skin (2004)

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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Brady Corbet  •  Michelle Trachtenberg  •  David Lee Smith

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Brady Corbet  •  Michelle Trachtenberg  •  David Lee Smith

Nowhere (1997)

In Los Angeles, a colorful assortment of bohemians try to make sense of their intersecting lives. The moody Dark Smith, his bisexual girlfriend, her lesbian lover and their shy gay friend plan on attending the wildest party of the year. But they'll only make it if ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  James Duval  •  Rachel True  •  Nathan Bexton  •  Ryan Phillippe

In Los Angeles, a colorful assortment of bohemians try to make sense of their intersecting lives. The moody Dark Smith, his bisexual girlfriend, her lesbian lover and their shy gay friend plan on attending the wildest party of the year. But they'll only make it if ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  James Duval  •  Rachel True  •  Nathan Bexton  •  Ryan Phillippe

Smiley Face (2007)

Jane, a struggling but perpetually stoned actress, has a busy day ahead. She has several important tasks on her list, including buying more marijuana. Even though she already has a good start on the day's planned drug use, she eats her roommate's pot-laced cupcakes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Anna Faris  •  Roscoe Lee Browne  •  Adam Brody  •  Danny Masterson

Jane, a struggling but perpetually stoned actress, has a busy day ahead. She has several important tasks on her list, including buying more marijuana. Even though she already has a good start on the day's planned drug use, she eats her roommate's pot-laced cupcakes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Anna Faris  •  Roscoe Lee Browne  •  Adam Brody  •  Danny Masterson

The Doom Generation (1995)

Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embarks on a sex and violence-filled journey through an United States of psychos and quickie marts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Rose McGowan  •  James Duval  •  Johnathon Schaech  •  Cress Williams

Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embarks on a sex and violence-filled journey through an United States of psychos and quickie marts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Rose McGowan  •  James Duval  •  Johnathon Schaech  •  Cress Williams

The Living End (1992)

Two HIV-positive young men—a semi-employed film critic and a hot hustler—tear off on a cross-country crime spree.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Mike Dytri  •  Craig Gilmore  •  Mary Woronov  •  Darcy Marta

Two HIV-positive young men—a semi-employed film critic and a hot hustler—tear off on a cross-country crime spree.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Mike Dytri  •  Craig Gilmore  •  Mary Woronov  •  Darcy Marta

Kaboom (2010)

Smith, a typical young college student who likes partying and engaging in acts of random sex and debauchery, has been having some interesting dreams revolving around two gorgeous women -- and is shocked when he meets the dream girls in real life. Lorelei looks just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Thomas Dekker  •  Haley Bennett  •  Roxane Mesquida  •  Chris Zylka

Smith, a typical young college student who likes partying and engaging in acts of random sex and debauchery, has been having some interesting dreams revolving around two gorgeous women -- and is shocked when he meets the dream girls in real life. Lorelei looks just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Thomas Dekker  •  Haley Bennett  •  Roxane Mesquida  •  Chris Zylka

Splendor (1999)

Veronica is a white-bread beauty searching for a good man in Los Angeles. While slam dancing at a Halloween rave, she meets Abel, a sensitive poet. Then she meets Zed, a supersexy tattooed drummer with incredible biceps. Who will she choose? Does she go for true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Kathleen Robertson  •  Matt Keeslar  •  Kelly Macdonald  •  Eric Mabius

Veronica is a white-bread beauty searching for a good man in Los Angeles. While slam dancing at a Halloween rave, she meets Abel, a sensitive poet. Then she meets Zed, a supersexy tattooed drummer with incredible biceps. Who will she choose? Does she go for true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Kathleen Robertson  •  Matt Keeslar  •  Kelly Macdonald  •  Eric Mabius

The Long Weekend (O' Despair) (1989)

The film follows three couples, one gay, one lesbian and one heterosexual, spending a weekend together.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Marcus D'Amico

The film follows three couples, one gay, one lesbian and one heterosexual, spending a weekend together.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Marcus D'Amico

Three Bewildered People in the Night (1987)

David, Craig and Alicia are a triangle of young lovers who find angst and despair as they sort out their feelings and sexuality in a late-night coffee shop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Mark Howell  •  John Lacques  •  Darcy Marta

David, Craig and Alicia are a triangle of young lovers who find angst and despair as they sort out their feelings and sexuality in a late-night coffee shop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Mark Howell  •  John Lacques  •  Darcy Marta

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

Kat Connors is a 17-year-old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Shailene Woodley  •  Eva Green  •  Christopher Meloni  •  Shiloh Fernandez

Kat Connors is a 17-year-old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Shailene Woodley  •  Eva Green  •  Christopher Meloni  •  Shiloh Fernandez

This Is How the World Ends (2000)

Not so much a film about the apocalypse as Araki's previous effort Nowhere was, This Is How The World Ends was a TV Pilot episode for a series that was to be presented on MTV.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Alan Simpson  •  Michael J. Anderson  •  Lucas Babin  •  Molly Brenner

Not so much a film about the apocalypse as Araki's previous effort Nowhere was, This Is How The World Ends was a TV Pilot episode for a series that was to be presented on MTV.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Alan Simpson  •  Michael J. Anderson  •  Lucas Babin  •  Molly Brenner

Totally Fucked Up (1993)

Gay, alienated Los Angeles teens have a hard time as their parents kick them out of their homes, they don’t have money, their lovers cheat, and they are harassed by gay-bashers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  James Duval  •  Roko Belic  •  Susan Behshid  •  Jenee Gill

Gay, alienated Los Angeles teens have a hard time as their parents kick them out of their homes, they don’t have money, their lovers cheat, and they are harassed by gay-bashers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  James Duval  •  Roko Belic  •  Susan Behshid  •  Jenee Gill

Here Now (2015)

Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have tapped American independent filmmaker Gregg Araki, one of the leading lights of the New Queer Cinema movement, to write and direct an original short film featuring the brand's fall collections for men and women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Jacob Artist  •  Grace Victoria Cox  •  Avan Jogia  •  Nicole LaLiberte

Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have tapped American independent filmmaker Gregg Araki, one of the leading lights of the New Queer Cinema movement, to write and direct an original short film featuring the brand's fall collections for men and women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Jacob Artist  •  Grace Victoria Cox  •  Avan Jogia  •  Nicole LaLiberte

30/30 Vision: Three Decades of Strand Releasing (2019)

Over 30 filmmakers and friends of Strand Releasing have come together to honor the company’s indelible contribution to independent cinema over the past thirty years. The participating filmmakers have each created a short film for the project, all shot on iPhones.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brady Corbet  •  Gregg Araki  •  John Waters  •  Catherine Breillat  •  Tommy O'Haver  •  Isaac Julien  •  Ira Sachs  •  Fenton Bailey  •  Randy Barbato  •  Rithy Panh  •  Alain Guiraudie  •  Athina Rachel Tsangari  •  João Pedro Rodrigues  •  Connor Jessup  •  Jon Jost  •  Apichatpong Weerasethakul  •  Fatih Akın  •  Bradley Rust Gray  •  Alain Gomis  •  So Yong Kim  •  Bruce LaBruce  •  Christophe Honoré  •  Karim Aïnouz  •  James Schamus  •  Lynn Hershman-Leeson  •  Jenni Olson  •  Rose Troche  •  Cindy Sherman  •  Jon Moritsugu  •  Tom Kalin  •  Lulu Wang  •  Amy Davis  •  Roddy Bogawa  •  Elisabeth Subrin  •  Andrew Ahn  •  Abu Bakr Shawky  •  Anna Franquesa Solano  •  Daniel Ribeiro
CAST:  Maria Schneider  •  Drew Droege  •  Cindy Sherman  •  Sarah Yarkin

Over 30 filmmakers and friends of Strand Releasing have come together to honor the company’s indelible contribution to independent cinema over the past thirty years. The participating filmmakers have each created a short film for the project, all shot on iPhones.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brady Corbet  •  Gregg Araki  •  John Waters  •  Catherine Breillat  •  Tommy O'Haver  •  Isaac Julien  •  Ira Sachs  •  Fenton Bailey  •  Randy Barbato  •  Rithy Panh  •  Alain Guiraudie  •  Athina Rachel Tsangari  •  João Pedro Rodrigues  •  Connor Jessup  •  Jon Jost  •  Apichatpong Weerasethakul  •  Fatih Akın  •  Bradley Rust Gray  •  Alain Gomis  •  So Yong Kim  •  Bruce LaBruce  •  Christophe Honoré  •  Karim Aïnouz  •  James Schamus  •  Lynn Hershman-Leeson  •  Jenni Olson  •  Rose Troche  •  Cindy Sherman  •  Jon Moritsugu  •  Tom Kalin  •  Lulu Wang  •  Amy Davis  •  Roddy Bogawa  •  Elisabeth Subrin  •  Andrew Ahn  •  Abu Bakr Shawky  •  Anna Franquesa Solano  •  Daniel Ribeiro
CAST:  Maria Schneider  •  Drew Droege  •  Cindy Sherman  •  Sarah Yarkin

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

Rescued from the Closet (2001)

A collection of interviews recorded for the making of the 1995 documentary "The Celluloid Closet," on the subject of LGBT representation in film history.  (more)

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CAST:  Kenneth Anger  •  Gregg Araki  •  Susie Bright  •  Rita Mae Brown

A collection of interviews recorded for the making of the 1995 documentary "The Celluloid Closet," on the subject of LGBT representation in film history.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Kenneth Anger  •  Gregg Araki  •  Susie Bright  •  Rita Mae Brown

Now Apocalypse (2019)

Ulysses, his friends Carly and Ford, and Ford's girlfriend Severine navigate love, sex, and fame in Los Angeles. Troubled by sinister, premonitory dreams, Ulysses wonders if the end of the world as we know it is coming, or if he is simply suffering some kind of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Avan Jogia  •  Kelli Berglund  •  Beau Mirchoff  •  Roxane Mesquida

Ulysses, his friends Carly and Ford, and Ford's girlfriend Severine navigate love, sex, and fame in Los Angeles. Troubled by sinister, premonitory dreams, Ulysses wonders if the end of the world as we know it is coming, or if he is simply suffering some kind of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Avan Jogia  •  Kelli Berglund  •  Beau Mirchoff  •  Roxane Mesquida

Now Apocalypse (2019)

While on quests to pursue love, sex, and fame with his friends in Los Angeles, Ulysses’ premonitory dreams make him question the possible presence of a dark and monstrous conspiracy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Avan Jogia  •  Beau Mirchoff  •  Kelli Berglund  •  Roxane Mesquida

While on quests to pursue love, sex, and fame with his friends in Los Angeles, Ulysses’ premonitory dreams make him question the possible presence of a dark and monstrous conspiracy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Avan Jogia  •  Beau Mirchoff  •  Kelli Berglund  •  Roxane Mesquida