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Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
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Fleck (left) and Boden in 2008
Born
Anna Boden

(1979-10-20) October 20, 1979 (age 44)
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Filmmaker
Years active 2000–present
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Born
Ryan K. Fleck

(1976-09-20) September 20, 1976 (age 47)
Alma mater New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Filmmaker
Years active 2000–present

Anna Boden and Ryan K. Fleck are an American filmmaking duo. The duo rose to prominence for their work on the 2004 short film Gowanus, Brooklyn, which earned the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. They went on to collaborate on the Academy Award-nominated film Half Nelson. Their film Sugar (2008) was honored as one of the Top 10 for 2009 at the American Film Institute Awards; and one of the Top Independent Films at the National Board of Review Awards 2009. They are best known for writing and directing Captain Marvel, which grossed over $1 billion and is one of the highest-grossing films of all time; which made Boden the first woman to direct a live-action movie that has grossed $1 billion.

The duo received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination as executive producers on the limited television series Mrs. America (2020). They are also known for their films It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010), Mississippi Grind (2015), Captain Marvel (2019) and Freaky Tales (2024).

Early life

Boden is originally from Massachusetts and grew up in Newton while Fleck graduated from Castro Valley High School. Before attending New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he studied film, Fleck went to Diablo Valley College to study science and math. Boden attended Columbia University. The two met on the set of a student film where they bonded over the works of Robert Altman and, after Fleck had finished his thesis short film Struggle, they decided to collaborate.

Fleck was born in Berkeley, California and raised there and in Oakland. Fleck had grown up on classic fan favorites such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Back to the Future.

Boden has said that while there was no specific film that inspired her to pursue film making, she had a fondness for watching movies as a child and cites learning about Robert Altman as a turning point in how she viewed film as a medium.

Career

Together they made the short documentaries Have You Seen This Man? and Young Rebels before they wrote and directed the short film Gowanus, Brooklyn, a sample feature aiming to attract potential financiers to their undeveloped script, Half Nelson.

The short won a prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and Boden and Fleck were subsequently invited to the Sundance Writer's Lab to receive professional feedback on the Half Nelson screenplay. The film did not receive adequate financing for years, and while trying to initiate the project, Fleck explains: "We were trying to get it off the ground so we had plenty of time to keep writing and rewriting. I think the time was valuable because I think we made it as good as we could." Though Fleck was the only of the pair to receive directing credit for the film, he has gone on record and said that the work was an equal divide.

In spite of the effort in making the script "as good as we could" prior to filming, Fleck encouraged Half Nelson's actors to ad lib and improvise, although he and lead actor Ryan Gosling compromised many scenes in the rehearsal process as Fleck thought that Gosling's ideas were too different from the script in some cases. He also had several disagreements with Boden while writing; though he claims their "back and forth" system of rewriting each other's work has always worked well. Half Nelson was well received by critics and got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for Ryan Gosling. Many other nominations went to Ryan Gosling for his role as Dan Dunne.

Boden and Fleck have since co-written and co-directed the 2008 film Sugar, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, about a 19-year-old Dominican man who immigrates to the United States to play minor league baseball. The two wrote the screenplay after researching about many Dominican immigrants who arrive in America to play in minor league towns, saying: "The stories we heard were so fascinating that it became what we were writing before we'd even decided it was our next project". They also collaborated on a screen adaptation of Ned Vizzini's young adult novel It's Kind of a Funny Story, which was released on October 8, 2010.

In 2012, the duo began work on a gambling movie called Mississippi Grind. The idea for the film came when they would visit riverboat casinos in Iowa. By this point in their career, Boden and Fleck had fully committed to each other, "In the early days of our partnership we had to navigate a lot of issues concerning trust and ego. Nowadays, those issues are almost entirely gone. Having a creative partner who you can wholly trust is a wonderful asset."

In April 2017, Boden and Fleck were hired to direct the Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel. They were previously considered to direct another Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy. Producer Kevin Feige said of them, "We met with lots and lots of people... and Anna and Ryan just had an amazing way of talking about Carol Danvers and talking about her journey... We want filmmakers that can help us focus on and elevate the character journey so it doesn't get lost amongst the spectacle." The film was released in March 2019, and became a box office success, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide. In May 2019, it was revealed they would direct the first two episodes and produce the television show Mrs. America starring Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly. As of January 2020 Boden and Fleck were in talks to direct a Marvel Disney+ series.

Personal life

Boden and Fleck formerly dated, however, contrary to popular belief they are not a married couple (though multiple sources continue to erroneously report it). Boden was pregnant at the time of Mississippi Grind's release. Boden is Jewish.

Filmography

Film

Anna Boden

Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Ref.
2006 Half Nelson No Yes Yes Yes
2008 Sugar Yes Yes Executive Yes
2009 Children of Invention No No No Yes
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Yes Yes No Yes
2015 Mississippi Grind Yes Yes No Yes
2019 Captain Marvel Yes Yes No No
2024 Freaky Tales Yes Yes Yes No

Ryan Fleck

Year Title Director Writer Ref.
2006 Half Nelson Yes Yes
2008 Sugar Yes Yes
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Yes Yes
2015 Mississippi Grind Yes Yes
2019 Captain Marvel Yes Yes
2024 Freaky Tales Yes Yes

Television

Anna Boden

Year Title Director Writer Executive
Producer
Notes
2011 The Big C Yes No No 2 episodes
2014 30 for 30 No No Yes Episode: "The Day the Series Stopped"
2014–2015 The Affair Yes No No 4 episodes
2016–2017 Billions Yes No No 3 episodes
2017 Room 104 Yes Yes No Episode: "Red Tent"
2020 Mrs. America Yes No Yes 4 episodes
2024 Masters of the Air Yes No No 2 episodes

Ryan Fleck

Year Title Director Writer Executive
Producer
Notes
2009 In Treatment Yes No No 7 episodes
2011 The Big C Yes No No 2 episodes
2014 30 for 30 Yes No No Episode: "The Day the Series Stopped"
2014–2015 Looking Yes No No 3 episodes
The Affair Yes No No 4 episodes
2016–2017 Billions Yes No No 3 episodes
2017 Room 104 Yes Yes No Episode: "Red Tent"
2020 Mrs. America Yes No Yes 4 episodes
2024 Masters of the Air Yes No No 2 episodes

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