Debra Granik attended the Graduate Film Program at NYU where she won awards for her short film, SNAKE FEED. She attended both the Writer’s and Director’s Lab at the Sundance Institute where she developed SNAKE FEED into a feature film script. Debra premiered her first feature film, DOWN TO THE BONE at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 where she won the Best Director Award. DOWN TO THE BONE went on to screen at film festivals worldwide and won the International Critics Prize at the Vienna Film Festival, among others. In 2009, she directed WINTER’S BONE in the Missouri Ozarks.
Granik is set to produce and direct an HBO television pilot called AMERICAN HIGH LIFE, a family drama that follows a young career woman to her economically depressed small home town in the midwest. Grain is also developing a film adaptation of RULE OF THE BONE, a 1995 novel by Russell Banks.
Most recently, Granik made a documentary called STRAY DOG about US war veterans, inspired by one of the local discoveries in WINTER’S BONE. STRAY DOG was selected to open the new season of PBS’ acclaimed docuseries “Independent Lens” in November, 2015.
Winning Project: Second Act