Ryan Coogler
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Film Director

With his first two features — 2013’s “Fruitvale Station” and 2015’s “Creed,” both starring Michael B. Jordan — Coogler proved he was a gifted writer-director who could make films that were moving and socially conscious. But while they were critical and financial successes, their commercial and cultural impact was minor compared with Coogler’s foray into the Marvel comic-book universe with 2018’s “Black Panther” — also starring go-to lead Jordan — which earned more than $1.34 billion at the worldwide box office and was hailed as a defining moment for both the film industry and black America. The Oakland, Ca., native is currently producing Warner Bros.’ “Space Jam” sequel, starring LeBron James, and he has re-upped with Marvel to write and direct “Black Panther 2.”




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

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 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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