DIRECTOR TIM STORY
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Directors Guild of America Pays Tribute To Director Tim Story
On June 2, 2015, the DGA African American Steering Committee Presented: A Tribute to Director Tim Story. Story a graduate of the University of Southern California's film school, began directing music videos in the 1990's bringing his cimematic style to R&B, rap and pop music, and quickly made the jump to longer-form work, writing, producing, editing and directing. His 1997 indie film, One of Us Tripped, won best feature in the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame film festival. His success brought him into the mainstream, directing the cult classic Barbershop in 2002 and later Taxi, starring Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon.
Story's next move was a coup of superhero proportion. He went from comedies to comics and directed Fantastic Four in 2005.
The film was a bonafide blockbuster, raking in more than $330 million worldwide. That showing was fantastic enough to earn Story a sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which brought in more than $289 million.
He went on to executive produce the FOX television series Standoff, the comedy First Sunday and directed Academy Awards winner Forest Whitaker in Hurricane Season, the true story of a high school basketball coach in the wake of hurricane Katrina.
He also directed Screen Gems' blockbuster hits, Think Like A Man and the sequel Think Like A Man Too. Story helmed Universal's Ride Along, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, that debuted No. 1 at the box office in 2014, earning more than $48 million during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend opening of the film, making it one of the biggest January opening box-office tallies of all time. The film also went on to be No. 1 at the box office for three consecutive weeks, grossing more than $153 million worldwide. Six of Story's seven feature films have opened number one at the box-office and collectively all of his films have grossed over $1 billion worldwide. His next film, Ride Along 2, is set for a January 15, 2016 premiere. Tim Story is the CEO of The Story Company and lives in LA with his wife and three children.