One of the most prolific directors of the past decade, Darren Aronofsky is most known for his riveting style and dark, sometimes disturbing subject matter. Despite the transition from directing indie cult classics like Pi and Requiem for a Dream to directing major motion pictures like The Wrestler and Black Swan, Aronofsky has not lost an inkling of poignancy or creative integrity.
Born in 1969 to conservative Jewish parents living in Brooklyn, New York, he was introduced to Broadway shows at an early age. Frequent trips with his parents to the city’s hallowed theatre district sprouted Aronofsky’s love for spectacle and entertainment. He went on to attend Harvard University where he roomed with aspiring animator Dan Schrecker. After seeing his roommate’s assignments he considered perusing a degree in animation, however, he eventually majored in social anthropology and graduated with honors in 1991. Aronofsky went on to get a MFA degree from the AFI Conservatory the following year. It was not until five years later, however, that he began filming his first project,Pi, a fevered account of a brilliant mathematician who unlocks the sacred number of the universe. (more…)