Destin Daniel Cretton

Destin Daniel Cretton was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii, where he spent 3 of his summers picking pineapples in the fields near his home. He has a BA in Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University and completed his Masters in Film at San Diego State University. He’s written and directed 4 award-winning short films: Longbranch: A Suburban Parable (Premiered at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival), Bartholomew’s Song (2006 Student Academy Finalist), Deacon’s Mondays (2007 Student Academy Finalist, 2007 Angelus Winner, HBO Films Best Student Film Award), and Short Term 12, which won the U.S. Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, followed by top awards at Seattle International, Aspen Shorts Fest, Independent Film Festival Boston, CineVegas, GenArt, and was short-listed for the 2010 Academy Awards. His feature film debut I am Not a Hipster premiered to critical acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Along with his narrative work, Destin has also directed two feature-length documentaries. Drakmar: A Vassal’s Journey premiered on HBO Family in 2007 and won the Best Documentary Award at the 2006 Comic Con. Born Without Arms premiered on TLC/Discovery in 2009. The script for Destin’s second feature Short Term 12 (based on the short of the same title) was one of five to win a 2010 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Short Term 12 went on to win numerous awards including the Grand Jury and Audience Award at SXSW, a Gotham Award for Best Actress, was nominated for 3 Independent Spirit Awards and won one for Best Editing.

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Recent Reviews

I am Not a Hipster

Brook is a asshole & i don't really care_he's just tedious and annoying_yeah it all makes sense at the end but so what_he's still an asshole & i don't like...

I am Not a Hipster

So much heart in this movie, so sincere!


By far one of the best no-budget productions I've seen. Also the rare (and thus, special) occasion when I just want to reach through the screen and hug someone.

I am Not a Hipster

The hipster aesthetic is kind of annoying. Nothing is taken as seriously as the next band nobody else has heard about and the vintage technology that should stay buried (cassettes,...

I am Not a Hipster

It was a realistic and emotional depiction.