Alumna and filmmaker Karyn Kusama has been making headlines for compelling storytelling in her films centering on grief and trauma, which are known to flex outside of their genres. Her most recent film, “Destroyer” starring Nicole Kidman, was released in theaters on Christmas Day, 2018.
Check out the recent articles chronicling Karyn’s background, her success in the industry, and her artistic style:
- Uncloaking the Demons: The Rafu Shimpo
- The Filmmaker Karyn Kusama Explores the Many Dimensions of Women’s Rage: The New York Times
- ‘What Did I Just See?’: The Genre-Bursting Movies Of Karyn Kusama: Huffington Post
Movie Synopsis from Rafu Shimpo: “‘Destroyer’ follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell, who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.”
Karyn graduated from Ladue Schools in 1986. She was born in Brooklyn but grew up in St. Louis. In 1990, she earned a BFA in film and TV from New York’s Tisch School of the Arts.
**Photo by Celeste Sloman for HuffPost