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Chris Sparling


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March 21, 1977 (age 47) (
Providence, Rhode Island

Screenwriter, film director, actor

Kerri Morrone Sparling (m. 2008)

Goya Award for Best Original Screenplay, National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay

The Atticus Institute, The Sea of Trees, Buried, ATM, An Uzi at the Alamo

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Chris Sparling is an American screenwriter, director, and actor from Providence, Rhode Island. He is married to Kerri Morrone Sparling, author of the diabetes blog Six Until Me.


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After writing, directing, and acting in several low-budget independent films, Sparling found mainstream success when his feature length screenplay Buried was purchased by producer Peter Safran. Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés and actor Ryan Reynolds worked on the project.

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The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to high critical praise and was eventually sold to Lionsgate Films. After later playing additional film festivals worldwide—including the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as winning the Méliès d'Or Award at the Sitges Film Festival—it received a limited theatrical release in September 2010, earning over $18 million worldwide. The film was later released on DVD in January 2011.

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Sparling was awarded Best Original Screenplay by the 2010 National Board of Review for Buried and the film was selected as on the 10 Best Independent Films of 2010. He also won a Goya Award in 2011 for Best Original Screenplay, and he was nominated for a Gaudi Award as well in the same category.

Sparling later wrote the script ATM, a suspense thriller produced by Peter Safran and shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the fall of 2010 and released in 2012 by IFC Films. He also wrote Reincarnate for producer M. Night Shyamalan, the second film of a three-part series known as The Night Chronicles.

In 2014, Sparling was hired by Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCaprio to adapt the crime novel Blood on Snow, written by author Jo Nesbo. This same year, his original screenplay, The Sea of Trees, went into production, starring Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, and Ken Watanabe, and directed by Gus Van Sant.

Variety named Sparling one of "10 Screenwriters to Watch" in its November 2014 issue. Two months later, Sparling's horror-thriller film The Atticus Institute, which he both wrote and directed, was released by Anchor Bay Films. Universal Pictures will distribute the film internationally.


  • An Uzi at the Alamo (2005, also director)
  • Balance (2007, also director)
  • Buried (2010)
  • ATM (2012)
  • The Atticus Institute (2015, also director)
  • The Sea of Trees (2015)
  • Mercy (2016, also director)
  • References

    Chris Sparling Wikipedia

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