Gregg Araki Biography, Age, Net worth, Actor, Movies, Tv Shows, Awards/ honors, Style

Gregg Araki Biography

Gregg Araki 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.

Gregg Araki Age

Gregg Araki was born on December 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. (he is 59 years old as of 2018)

Gregg Araki Net worth

Gregg Araki has an estimated net worth of $50 million dollars.

Gregg Araki Education

In 1985. Gregg Araki attended USCB School of Cinematics Arts in 1985 where he graduated with a M.F.A., and later joined University of California, Santa Barbara where he graduated with a B.A. degree.

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Gregg Araki Actor

Low-budget beginnings
Gregg Araki made his first directorial debut in 1987 with Three Bewildered People in the Night. With a budget of only US$5,000 and using a stationary camera, he told the story of a romance between a video artist, her sweet-heart and her gay friend. Two years later, Araki followed up with The Long Weekend, another film with a US$5,000 budget. His third film, The Living End, saw an increase to US$20,000. He had to shoot his early movies often spontaneously and lacking proper permits.
Despite the financial constraints, Araki’s films received critical acclaim. He received awards from the Locarno International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, with an additional nomination for a Sundance Film Festival award.
Teen Apocalypse Trilogy
Greggg Araki’s produced three next movies of Totally Fucked Up (1993), The Doom Generation (1995), and Nowhere (1997) which were collectively dubbed in the “Teen Apocalypse Trilogy”. The trio has been characterized as “… teen alienation, hazy sexuality and aggression.” A former student of his at UC Santa Barbara, Andrea Sperling, co-produced the films with him.
The trilogy saw Araki work increasingly with more notable actors and actresses including Rose McGowan, Margaret Cho, Parker Posey, Guillermo Díaz, Ryan Phillippe, Heather Graham, and Mena Suvari among others. The Trilogy received varying degrees of reviews, from a thumbs down and “zero stars” by Roger Ebert to “Literally the Best Thing Ever” by Rookie and being heralded as cult classics.
Subsequent efforts
Araki’s following film, Splendor, was both a response to the controversy surrounding his ongoing relationship with actress Kathleen Robertson and an homage to screwball comedies of the 1940s and 1950s. He wrote, directed, and shot listed film like the pilot episode,but ultimately the MTV decided against the project and the effort which never aired. Following a short hiatus, Araki returned in 2004 with the critically acclaimed Mysterious Skin, based on the 1995 Scott Heim novel of the same name.
His next feature was the stoner comedy Smiley Face, featuring Anna Faris, Adam Brody, and John Krasinski, written by Dylan Haggerty. It marked a stark change from the dark, heavy drama of Mysterious Skin, a change purposely planned by Araki. He received very favorable reviews, with some describing it as another of Araki’s potential cult classics. Kaboom marked Araki’s tenth film and made its premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He followed that film with White Bird in a Blizzard (2014), which was given limited release to mixed reviews.

Gregg Araki Style

Gregg Araki had One consistent feature of his work to date is the presence of music from the shoegazing genre as film soundtracks, first seen on Totally Fucked Up and heavily so on the films Nowhere and Mysterious Skin. Both The Living End and Nowhere owe their titles to this shoegaze influence; The Living End after like-named The Jesus and Mary Chain song and Nowhere after Ride’s album entitled Nowhere.

Gregg Araki Awards and honors

In 2010, Gregg Araki Kaboom was named the first ever winner of the Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm. He has also been honored with the 2006 Filmmaker on the Edge Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival. In 2013, Araki was recognized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City with the retrospective God Help Me: Gregg Araki.

Gregg Araki Gay

Gregg Araki has previously self-identified as “a gay Asian American” Previously he had a relationship with actress Kathleen Robertson, that ended in 1999.  During his 2014 interview,he said that “he probably identify himself as gay at his point, having being with women”.

Gregg Araki Movies




White Bird in a Blizzard




Smiley Face


Mysterious Skin






The Doom Generation


Totally Fucked Up


The Living End


The Long Weekend (O’ Despair)


Three Bewildered People in the Night

Gregg Araki Tv Shows




Now Apocalypse






13 Reasons Why


American Crime




Red Oaks


This Is How the World Ends

Gregg Araki Instagram

Gregg Araki You tube Interview

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