Lorene Scafaria
Caitlin Cronenberg
United States
2020

Tunacorn Pictures

Lorene
Scafaria

After 20 years in the business, Scafaria became an “overnight” hot commodity for writing and directing “Hustlers,” a fact-based comedy-drama starring Jennifer Lopez, about a group of strippers who drug and rob their rich clients — and the film grossed more than $157 million worldwide. The New Jersey native had minor acting roles in a few films before she scored her first screen credit as a writer with her ninth screenplay, an adaptation of the novel “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (2008). She subsequently wrote and directed a pair of features (2012’s “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” and 2016’s “The Meddler”) that grossed under $10 million. Next up: a possible Broadway musical adaptation of “Hustlers.”

Career

  • NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST
  • SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
  • HUSTLERS

Education

  • Montclair State University (NJ, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Women's Impact
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Lorene Scafaria

Lorene Scafaria

After 20 years in the business, Scafaria became an “overnight” hot commodity for writing and directing “Hustlers,” a fact-based comedy-drama starring Jennifer Lopez, about a group of strippers who drug and rob their rich clients — and the film grossed more than $157 million worldwide. The New Jersey native had minor acting roles in a few films before she scored her first screen credit as a writer with her ninth screenplay, an adaptation of the novel “Nick & Norah’s Infinite...

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