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Marshall Curry
Marshall Curry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Curry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York
OccupationCinematographer, director, producer, editor

Marshall Curry (born c. 1970) is an American documentary director, producer, cinematographer and editor. His films include Street Fight, Racing Dreams, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front and Point and Shoot.

Life and career[edit]

Curry grew up in Summit, New Jersey, graduating from Summit High School in 1988.[1] He attended Swarthmore College, graduating in 1992[2] having majored in comparative religion.[3] He was also a Jane Addams Fellow at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy.[4] Before becoming a filmmaker, Curry worked as senior producer at Icon Nicholson, a New York multimedia design firm.[5]

Curry's first film, Street Fight, was released in 2005 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006.[6] The film received a 100% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[7] It was called "extraordinary" by David Denby (The New Yorker),[8] and was described as "vastly entertaining" by John Anderson of Variety,[9] and "filmmaking of the first order" by Scott Foundas of LA Weekly.[10] That year he was named one of "25 New Faces in Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine[11] and received the Donnet Award for Emerging Filmmaker by the International Documentary Association.[12]

In 2009, his second film, Racing Dreams, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was also runner up for the Audience Award.[13] It received a 100% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[14] The film was called "The best film of the year" by The Los Angeles Times and "one of the rare documentaries you leave wishing it was a little longer" by The New York Times.[15]

In 2011, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front won the award for Best Documentary Editing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, was theatrically released by Oscilloscope Laboratories and earned Curry his second Academy Award nomination. Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times called it "one of the best documentaries of the year"[16] and The New York Times described it as "an extraordinary documentary... [a] fearless exploration of complexity in a world drawn to oversimplified depictions of events and problems, heroes and villains."[17]

In 2014, Curry's film Point and Shoot won Best Documentary at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival[18] and was released theatrically by The Orchard.[19] The film was given an "A" grade by John Anderson of Indiewire, who said it was "a virtual swashbuckler".[20] It was called "brilliantly constructed and provocative" by Peter Keough of The Boston Globe,[21] "riveting... an extraordinary and quietly disturbing film" by David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter,[22] and Jay Weissberg of Variety said the "editing is a standout."[23]

In 2017, Curry released the short film A Night at The Garden, a documentary about a 1939 German American Bund rally at Madison Square Garden, which attracted 20,000 Nazi supporters.[24] Curry said of the film, "It tells a story about our country that we’d prefer to forget."[24]

Curry lives in Brooklyn, New York.[25]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Street Fight Director, producer, cinematographer, editor
2009 Racing Dreams Director, producer, cinematographer, editor
2011 If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Director, producer, editor
2013 Mistaken for Strangers Executive producer, additional editor
2014 We the Economy Director, writer Episode 12: An Amazing Animated Film on the Debt and the Deficit
2016 Point and Shoot Director, producer, editor
2017 Something Out of Nothing Director, producer
2017 A Night at The Garden Director, producer, editor


Street Fight

Racing Dreams[36]

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front[43]

Point and Shoot

  • Tribeca Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature (winner)[50]
  • Emmy Award, Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction (nominee)[51]
  • Gotham Award, Best Documentary Feature (nominee)[52]
  • IDA Documentary Award, Best Documentary Feature (nominee)[53]
  • Cinema Eye Honors, Outstanding Achievement in Editing (nominee)
  • Independent Film Festival Boston, Special Jury Prize (winner)[54]
  • Little Rock Film Festival, Special Jury Prize for Courage in Filmmaking (winner)[55]


  1. ^ Cahillane, Kevin. "In Person: The Smartest Guy in Summit?", The New York Times. March 5, 2006. Accessed October 14, 2018. "So, for one night at least -- the Oscars are Sunday night -- Summit will be in the spotlight as Mr. Gibney joins Marshall Curry (Summit High School class of 1988 and director of the film "Street Fight," about the 2002 Newark mayoral election) as an Academy Award nominee in the Best Feature Documentary category."
  2. ^ Marshall Curry '92 Chases Racing Dreams, His Second Award-Winning Documentary Archived 2011-10-14 at the Wayback Machine from Swarthmore College
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2012-02-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), a January 25, 2012 article from Swarthmore College News
  4. ^ Street Fight press kit from Human Rights Watch
  5. ^ "Bio | Street Fight". POV. PBS. 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
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  8. ^ Denby, David. "Candid Cameras". The New Yorker. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  9. ^ Anderson, John. "Review: 'Street Fight'". Variety. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  10. ^ Foundas, Scott. "Dirty Deeds". LA Weekly.
  11. ^ "25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM 2005". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  12. ^ "2012 Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award: David France". International Documentary Association. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  13. ^ O'Neil, Tom. "Tribeca Film Festival Awards". LA Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Racing Dreams (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Too Young for Driver's Licenses, but With Full-Throttle Ambitions". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  16. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "Kenneth Turan's film picks: 'If a Tree Falls,' 'Honeymoon Killers'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  17. ^ Revkin, Andrew. "If a Tree Falls, Can it Win an Oscar?". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  18. ^ O'Connell, Max (24 April 2014). "2014 Tribeca Film Festival Winners Include 'Zero Motivation,' 'Point and Shoot' and more". Indiewire. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  19. ^ Kilday, Greg (5 August 2014). "Marshall Curry's Tribeca-Winning Doc 'Point and Shoot' Goes to The Orchard". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  20. ^ Anderson, John. "ribeca Film Festival Review: Why Marshall Curry's 'Point and Shoot' Is Due For a Hollywood Remake". Indiewire. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  21. ^ Keough, Peter. "'Point and Shoot' takes aim at a hero of our time". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  22. ^ Rooney, David. "'Point and Shoot': Provincetown Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  23. ^ Weissberg, Jay. "Film Review: 'Point and Shoot'". Variety. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  24. ^ a b Buder, Emily (10 October 2017). "When 20,000 American Nazis Descended Upon New York City". The Atlantic. Retrieved 6 December 2017. In 1939, the German American Bund organized a rally of 20,000 Nazi supporters at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  25. ^ "Bio | If a Tree Falls | POV". PBS. 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  26. ^ "The 78th Academy Awards". Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  27. ^ "Award-winning Racing Dreams Follows Three Tweens With Supercharged NASCAR Ambitions". PBS. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  28. ^ "Street Fight - Filmmaker". ITVS. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  29. ^ "2005 Hot Docs Award Archive". Hot Docs. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  30. ^ "2005 Hot Docs Awards Archive". Hot Docs. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  31. ^ "SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival Announces Festival Winners". PR Newswire. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  32. ^ "Ashland Independent Film Festival". Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  33. ^ "Awards". Watch Docs. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  34. ^ Scott, Gabriel. "Writers Guild Announces Nominees for the 2006 Documentary Screenplay Award". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  35. ^ "2007 Notable Videos for Adults". American Library Association. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  36. ^ "Award-winning Racing Dreams Follows Three Tweens With Supercharged NASCAR Ambitions; Special POV Broadcast Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 on PBS | Press Room | POV". PBS. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  37. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "Tribeca Film Festival Names Prizewinners". NY Times.
  38. ^ Ridley, Jim. "Hipsters,' 'The Colonel's Bride,' 'Racing Dreams,' Van Peebles Cop Prizes at NaFF". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  39. ^ Knegt, Peter. ""Winter's Bone," "Flag" Top Florida Fest Winners". Indiewire. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  40. ^ Mandel, Nora Lee. "Racing Dreams". Film-Forward. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  41. ^ "Racing Dreams Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  42. ^ "Racing Dreams". International Cinema US. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  43. ^ "If A Tree Falls | Bullfrog Films: 1-800-543-3764: Environmental DVDs and Educational DVDs". Bullfrog Films. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
  44. ^ "The 84th Academy Awards 2012". Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  45. ^ "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front". Sundance Institute. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  46. ^ "2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Announces Award Winners". Vimooz. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  47. ^ a b IMDB Retrieved 14 May 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  48. ^ Smith, Nigel M. ""Weekend" & "If a Tree Falls" Win Big in Nashville". Indiewire. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  49. ^ "Santa Cruz Film Festival Awards". Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  50. ^ O'Connell, Max. "2014 Tribeca Film Festival Winners Include 'Zero Motivation,' 'Point and Shoot' and more". Indiewire. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  51. ^ Pillitteri, Paul. "Nominees for the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards Announced". Retrieved 8 August 2016. External link in |website= (help)
  52. ^ Lewis, Hilary. "2014 Gotham Award Nominations Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  53. ^ Busch, Anita. "'Citizenfour,' 'The Sixties' Among IDA Documentary Award Nominees". Deadline. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  54. ^ Malcuit, Caitlin. "IFF Boston Winners Announced". The Backstage Beat. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  55. ^ "LRFF2014 Grand Prize Winners". Little Rock Film Festival. Retrieved 14 May 2015.

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