Ryan Coogler
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Film Director

It only took a few years for Coogler to rise to Hollywood’s uppermost echelon of filmmakers. He caught industry attention with his first feature, “Fruitvale Station,” a drama based on the real-life events behind the Oakland BART shooting of a young black man by a police officer — the film that brought Michael B. Jordan  to America’s attention — but his second feature, “Rocky” sequel “Creed,” also starring Jordan, showed he had the skills to handle a bigger budget — and revive a franchise. With “Black Panther” (his third team-up with Jordan), he grossed $1.2 billion with the first comic-book blockbuster starring a predominantly African-American cast. He seems certain to be included in Marvel plans even as he readies his other franchise for fall release, as executive producer of “Creed II.”




  • California State University–Sacramento (CA, USA)
  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Creative Impact Award
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
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Ryan Coogler to Receive Directing Honor at Palm Springs Film Festival

Ryan Coogler to Receive Directing Honor at Palm Springs Film Festival

Variety will honor director Ryan Coogler at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 4th as part of the annual 10 Directors to Watch Brunch at the Parker Palm Springs. The brunch is presented by AT&T.The "Black Panther" director will receive the annual creative impact in directing award. Previous recipients of this award have included Patty Jenkins, David O. Russell, Charlie Kaufman, Jeff Nichols, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The award celebrates his career, from his groundbreaking first feature "Fruitvale...


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