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Austin Chick (born c. 1974, New Hampshiremarker, USAmarker) is an Americanmarker film director, screenwriter and producer, who made the films XX/XY, released in 2002, and August, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Early life

Although born in New Hampshire, Chick moved to Williamsburg, Brooklynmarker, New York Citymarker, as a youngster. He was educated during the early 1990s at Sarah Lawrence Collegemarker in Yonkersmarker, specializing in literature and psychology with the aid of grants from the King Foundation, and followed that by graduating in 1998 from SUNY Purchase Film School in Purchase, New Yorkmarker, having studied cinematography.

Career

His first major film, which he wrote and directed, was released in 2002. It was titled XX/XY, and it starred Mark Ruffalo and Kathleen Robertson. It examined the complex relationship between three Sarah Lawrence College students, both during their time at the school and then many years later. It was an independent production, which was shown at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival (where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize) and subsequently taken up by IFC Films. His next significant contribution to cinema would not happen for another five years.

He co-produced Sidney Lumet's 2007 film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, which featured Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman as two brothers who stage the robbery of their parents' jewellery shop in an effort to get rich quick, with tragic consequences.

His latest movie, called August, was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2008, and is due for general release by ContentFilm International shortly afterwards. The castlist is headed by Josh Hartnett, and features Adam Scott, Naomie Harris, Rip Torn, and David Bowie. The plot centers on two brothers, with one of them, Tom (Hartnett), involved in a struggle to save his internet company on the stock market just before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Chick directed the film, and was also executive producer.

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