Darren Aronofsky is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. He attended Harvard University, where he studied film and social anthropology, and the American Film Institute to study directing. He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film, Supermarket Sweep, which went on to become a National Student Academy Award finalist. Aronofsky has received acclaim for his often surreal, unsettling. His films have generated controversy and are well known for their often violent, bleak subject matter. Aronofsky’s feature debut, Pi, was shot in November 1997. Aronofsky won the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for best first screenplay. Aronofsky’s followup, Requiem for a Dream, was based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby, Jr. The film garnered strong reviews and received an Academy Award nomination for Ellen Burstyn’s performance. His fourth film, The Wrestler, was released to critical acclaim and both of the film’s stars, Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, received Academy Award nominations. In 2010 Aronofsky was an executive producer on The Fighter and his fifth feature film, Black Swan, received further critical acclaim and many accolades, being nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Darren Aronofsky received nominations for Best Director at the Golden Globes, and a DGA nomination. Aronofsky’s sixth film, Noah, was released in March 2014.