Karyn Kiyoko Kusama

Karyn Kiyoko Kusama is an American independent film director, born in St. Louis, Missouri. Kusama graduated from NYU, where she won a Mobil Prize for a student film called Sleeping Beauties.

In her early career after NYU, Kusama worked as an editor on documentary films and in production on independent films and music videos. Kusama’s debut feature was the 2000 film Girlfight, which she wrote and directed. Kusama went on to direct 2005’s Æon Flux and 2009’s Jennifer’s Body. She directed the 2015 horror film, The Invitation and has recently worked as a television director. In 2017 she directed a segment in the film XX, an all-female horror anthology. Her latest film is the 2018 crime thriller Destroyer. She often works with her screenwriter husband Phil Hay and his partner Matt Manfredi. Together, the trio formed Familystyle Film, where they are developing a series of features and TV projects.