Darren Aronofsky is an American filmmaker. He has received acclaim, and generated controversy, for his often surreal and disturbing films.
Aronofsky attended Harvard University, where he studied film and social anthropology, and the American Film Institute where he studied 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’s feature debut, the surrealist psychological thriller Pi, was shot in November 1997.
The low-budget, $60,000 production, starring Sean Gullette, was sold to Artisan Entertainment for $1 million, and grossed over $3 million; Aronof sky won the Directing Award at the 1998 Sun dance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for best first screenplay.