Instructor: Paul Schrader
Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader was born on July 22,1946, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his B.A. from Calvin College, then his M.A. from UCLA, while working as a film critic and writing Transcendental Style in Film. He attended the inaugural class at AFI.
He has written or directed over thirty films, including four collaborations with Martin Scorsese. The first, Taxi Driver, won the Palme D'Or at Cannes Film Festival. In 1978, he directed his first film, Blue Collar. Schrader's catalog of film includes American Gigolo, Cat People, Mishima and Affliction. In 2019, Schrader was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for First Reformed, which he also directed.