| Film director|
| Carroll Ballard|
| October 14, 1937 (age 78) (1937-10-14) Los Angeles, California, United States|
University of California, Los Angeles
Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Fly Away Home, The Black Stallion, Duma, Never Cry Wolf, Wind
Kelly Reno, Alexander Michaeletos, Clarence Muse, Caleb Deschanel, Walter Farley
Carroll Ballard Wikipedia
Carroll Ballard (born October 14, 1937) is an American film director. He has directed six feature films, including The Black Stallion (1979) and Fly Away Home (1996).
After serving in the military, Ballard attended film school at UCLA, where one of his classmates was Francis Ford Coppola.
His early credits include the documentaries Beyond This Winter's Wheat (1965) and Harvest (1967), which he made for the U.S. Information Agency. The latter was nominated for an Academy Award. He directed a short subject called The Perils of Priscilla (1969), which was filmed from the point of view of a cat who escapes from home. Rodeo (1970) provided an intimate look at the 1968 National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. He shot the title sequence of Coppola’s 1968 musical Finian’s Rainbow and was second unit director on Star Wars (1977), for which he handled many of the outdoor desert scenes.
Ballard finally got the chance to make a feature film when Coppola offered him the job of directing The Black Stallion (1979), an adaptation of the children's book by Walter Farley. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor (Mickey Rooney). In 2002 the Library of Congress added it to the National Film Registry.
He then directed Never Cry Wolf (1983), based on Farley Mowat's autobiographical book of the same name, which detailed Mowat's experiences with Arctic wolves.
In the 1990s, he made two films: Wind (1992) and Fly Away Home (1996).
His most recent film is Duma (2005), about a South African boy's friendship with an orphaned cheetah.
Most of Ballard's films deal with man and his relation to nature and have a strong poetic streak. Film critic Kenneth Turan once wrote: "[Ballard] knows how to be both caring and restrained, minimizing a movie's saccharine content while maximizing the sense of wonder."The Black Stallion (1979)
Never Cry Wolf (1983)
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture (1986)
Fly Away Home (1996)