Destin Cretton

| February 2, 2014

San Diego State University

Destin Cretton

Born and raised on Maui, Destin Daniel Cretton earned a Masters in Film at San Diego State University. He has written and directed several award-winning short films, including Longbranch: A SUburban Parable (2002), Bartholomew’s Song (2006), and Deacon’s Mondays (2007). Destin Daniel Cretton’s fourth short film, Short Term 12, won the 2009 Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. He adapted Short Term 12 into a feature screenplay, for which he won a Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2010. Destin’s feature film directorial debut, I Am Not a Hipster, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

His latest feature film, Short Term 12, is an expanded version of his 2008 short film.

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Short Term 12

Short Term 12

Another day of balancing volatile patients, violent quarrels and birthday celebrations turns into a personal journey for the head counselor at a group home for at-risk adolescents. A short film by Destin Cretton.

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