Abel Ferrara Net Worth

Abel Ferrara Net Worth is
$10 Million

Abel Ferrara Biography

He has since made several working relationships and frequently collaborates with actors and manufacturers, etc. He was created in July of 1951 and is most beneficial known for his focus on independent – or indie – movies, like the Driller Killer, Ms. 45, King of NY, Poor Lieutenant, and The Funeral – that have been released from the past due 70s through the past due 90s. Ferrara was created in The Bronx, NEW YORK and is certainly of Italian and Irish descent. His most recent film is certainly 4:44 – Last Time on Earth, that was released in 2011, though he provides two extra films scheduled for 2014, Welcome to NY and Pasolini. It had been then that he started directing brief films. However, when function became short, he made a pornographic film that he could immediate, which starred his at-the-time girlfriend. Ferrara shortly found success and started creating mainstream movies.Abel Ferrara Net Value: Abel Ferrara can be an American screenwriter and director who includes a net value of $10 million. Especially, Christopher Walken, whom provides appeared in several Ferrara’s movies. for multiple films. Elevated in a Catholic family members, he relocated when he was 15, shifting to Westchester to be able to go to SUNY Purchase’s film conservatory. Ferrara has two followed daughters.

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Quick Facts

Full NameAbel Ferrara
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 19, 1951
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film Score Composer, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Film Editor, Cinematographer
EducationState University of New York at Purchase
AwardsGrand Jury Prize, Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award
NominationsGolden Lion, Best Screenplay Award, Silver Lion for Best Director, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, Special Jury Prize
MoviesBad Lieutenant, Welcome to New York, Pasolini, King of New York, The Driller Killer, Ms. 45, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, The Addiction, Dangerous Game, Body Snatchers, The Funeral, New Rose Hotel, Go Go Tales, The Blackout, 'R Xmas, Fear City, Cat Chaser, China Girl, Chelsea on the Rocks, Napoli, Napoli, Napoli, Mary, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Subway Stories, The Gladiator, Daddy Longlegs, 42 One Dream Rush, Abel Ferrara Not Guilty, Uncle Bob, A Talent for Trouble, Nicky's Film, Mulberry St., My Big-Assed Mother, Crime Story, Menace

Interesting Facts

1 He visited Argentina for to promote his film Mary (2005) in Mar del Plata International Film Festival. [March 2006]
2 Is of Irish and Italian descent.
3 Is a close friend of fellow director Michael Mann. Ferrara directed episodes for Mann's TV shows Miami Vice (1984) and Crime Story (1986). Ferrara also makes private screenings of his films to Mann who, in exchange, gives him tips and advices on editing.
4 Visited Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia, 8/2006)
5 Went to high school with Nicholas St. John, who has written many of his films.
6 Has two adopted daughters.
7 Grew up in Peekskill, New York.


1 Recurring theme of faith and redemption
2 His films often end with the death of the main character.
3 Many of his protagonists are portrayed as inherently decent men who have been caught up in violence.
4 Long running camera shots
5 Often collaborates with screenwriter Nicholas St.John
6 Uses very little, if any, music in his films
7 Frequent references to philosophical and religious concepts
8 Frequently sets his films in New York City
9 His characters are often deeply flawed individuals trying to survive in a bleak world.
10 Frequent use of religious imagery
11 Often features characters caught in self-destructive patterns (King of New York, Bad Lieutenant)
12 Frequently casts Matthew Modine, Christopher Walken, Forest Whitaker, Dennis Hopper, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, David Caruso, Annabella Sciorra, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Asia Argento, Gretchen Mol, Giancarlo Esposito, Zoë Lund and Paul Hipp.


1 Where I come from you're not raised to think on your own. It's not that you're pushed to read the Bible. The Bible is read to you.
2 The secret is not to make a film that causes something like Virginia Tech to happen. The secret is to make a film that stops it happening.
3 The actors that I love to work with, they're hard on me. They're pushing me.
4 With 'New Rose Hotel,' I knew that I was getting paid a $100,000 fee to write, produce, and direct, and that's all I was going to get.
5 There's no such thing as a non-final cut director.
6 But I'm never gonna get to a point in my life where what it costs to shoot a movie is going to determine what it is. The limits of my imagination is the only thing that's gonna stop me.
7 The more you get into any religion, it becomes the same. It really becomes how you treat other people and how you get outside yourself. How you look to help other people, and how you get out of this 'I, me, mine' type of thing.
8 It's only Western civilization that, God forbid, you talk about dying, when it's the only thing we know for certain, right? Everyone's going to die, so what's the big problem? 'Oh, God. Don't talk about it. Don't think about it.' I mean, I'm one of them. I'm not a big fan of talking about dying.
9 As an old-time New Yorker, it's not that I miss the '70s and '80s or whatever. I miss the fact that there was a certain kind of energy that exists when people can live for nothing.
10 I was raised a Catholic and when you're raised a Catholic they don't teach you to think for yourself. You're taught not to think too deeply about things.
11 I'm a lapsed Buddhist like I'm a lapsed Catholic. I take it to a point.
12 I don't care if I get $50 million to do a film.
13 I live with a bunch of yuppies and models.
14 I don't know what DVD commentaries are about. I'd like to strangle the person who came up with that concept.
15 I don't have a problem with Werner Herzog.
16 I was born in the Bronx, and then my father moved us to the country at an early age.
17 Listen, anybody who has a film festival has the right to show what they want.
18 Most filmmaking is about shaking hands and just starting.
19 Making money is not gonna change anything about what I am, except I won't answer the door.
20 Mulberry Street was the beating heart of the Italian-American experience, but you don't find those gangsters now. I live with a bunch of yuppies and models.
21 I come from a world where you get the film done, that's a success.
22 Certain actors wanna get paid, they think working in a low-budget movie is being ripped off. But for others it's like, 'Yes, let's do it.'
23 It's funny, the hardest thing to do is to make something look like it's fast, loose and improvised, and get somebody to laugh.
24 The last day of your life is still going to be a day.
25 I grew up in the '60s, which was a creative time, so it wasn't that big of a stretch to go from a baseball bat to a guitar to a film camera.
26 My existence is about making movies, so I've just got to rock and roll with the punches. You want to make movies on telephones, I'm there.
27 My life is proof that I don't need you to do what I do. If there's no one to see it, I'll watch it.
28 In the film business, it's basically honor among thieves.
29 I'm not a big fan of talking about dying. And then I make a movie where I kill everybody.
30 No one can stop me from talking about my movie.
31 A script is not a piece of literature it's a process.
32 That's the thing about making a movie: You never finish editing. They just take it away from you.
33 I'm about my characters.
34 Life is what happens when you're doing other things, right?
35 As barbaric is we are, it's a miracle we haven't blown ourselves off the face of the earth so far.


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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Leopard of Honor Locarno International Film Festival
2008 Time-Machine Honorary Award Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
2007 German Independence Honorary Award Oldenburg Film Festival
2005 Grand Special Jury Prize Venice Film Festival Mary (2005)
2005 SIGNIS Award Venice Film Festival Mary (2005)
2005 Sergio Trasatti Award Venice Film Festival Mary (2005)
2005 Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award Venice Film Festival Mary (2005)
2004 Career Award Flaiano International Prizes Cinema
2002 Grand Jury Prize New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Best Feature Film 'R Xmas (2001)
1998 Feature Film Award New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Special Jury Award to a Director The Blackout (1997)
1998 Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award Venice Film Festival New Rose Hotel (1998)
1998 Elvira Notari Prize - Special Mention Venice Film Festival New Rose Hotel (1998)
1998 Yoga Award Yoga Awards Worst Foreign Director The Blackout (1997)
1997 Best Film Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema The Addiction (1995)
1996 OCIC Award Venice Film Festival The Funeral (1996)
1995 Filmmaker Award Gotham Awards
1995 Critics Award Mystfest The Addiction (1995)
1991 Best Direction Mystfest King of New York (1990)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 ARRI/OSRAM Award Munich Film Festival Best International Film Pasolini (2014)
2014 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Undistributed Film Pasolini (2014)
2014 Sebastiane Award San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Film Pasolini (2014)
2014 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Pasolini (2014)
2011 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011)
2007 Grand Prix des Amériques Montréal World Film Festival Go Go Tales (2007)
2005 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Mary (2005)
2001 Un Certain Regard Award Cannes Film Festival 'R Xmas (2001)
2001 Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature 'R Xmas (2001)
1998 Best Film Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival New Rose Hotel (1998)
1998 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival New Rose Hotel (1998)
1997 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director The Funeral (1996)
1996 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival The Funeral (1996)
1995 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival The Addiction (1995)
1995 Best Film Mystfest The Addiction (1995)
1993 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival Body Snatchers (1993)
1993 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film Bad Lieutenant (1992)
1993 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Bad Lieutenant (1992)
1993 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Snake Eyes (1993)
1991 Best Film Mystfest King of New York (1990)
1989 Best Film Mystfest Cat Chaser (1989)
1987 Critics Award Deauville Film Festival China Girl (1987)



Pasolini 2014
Welcome to New York 2014
No Saints 2012 Video short
4:44 Last Day on Earth 2011
42 One Dream Rush 2010 Short
Mulberry St. 2010 Documentary
Napoli, Napoli, Napoli 2009
Chelsea on the Rocks 2008 Documentary
Go Go Tales 2007
Mary 2005/I
'R Xmas 2001
New Rose Hotel 1998
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground 1997 TV Movie segment "Love on the A Train"
The Blackout 1997
The Funeral 1996
Mylène Farmer: California 1996 Video short
The Addiction 1995
Dangerous Game 1993
Body Snatchers 1993
Bad Lieutenant 1992
King of New York 1990
Cat Chaser 1989
The Loner 1988 TV Movie
China Girl 1987
Crime Story 1986 TV Series 1 episode
The Gladiator 1986 TV Movie
Miami Vice 1985 TV Series 2 episodes
Fear City 1984
Ms .45 1981
The Driller Killer 1979
Not Guilty: For Keith Richards 1977 Documentary short
9 Lives of a Wet Pussy 1976 as Jimmy Boy L
Could This Be Love 1973 Short
The Hold Up 1972 Short
Nicky's Film 1971 Short


Pasolini 2014 based on an idea by
Welcome to New York 2014 screenplay
4:44 Last Day on Earth 2011 written by
Napoli, Napoli, Napoli 2009 writer
Chelsea on the Rocks 2008 Documentary stories
Go Go Tales 2007
Mary 2005/I
'R Xmas 2001
New Rose Hotel 1998 screenplay
The Blackout 1997
Bad Lieutenant 1992 written by
Could This Be Love 1973 Short writer
The Hold Up 1972 Short


Go Go Tales 2007 "Bed, bath and beyond" / writer: "I need a kiss", "Star of Mine", "Gimme more", "Bed, bath and beyond", "That's my dog", "The Enemy"
The Funeral 1996 lyrics: "Tonight Will Be The Night" / music: "Tonight Will Be The Night"
The Addiction 1995 writer: "Draw The Line" - as Ferrara
Bad Lieutenant 1992 lyrics: "THE BAD LIEUTENANT" / music: "THE BAD LIEUTENANT" / performer: "THE BAD LIEUTENANT"
King of New York 1990 lyrics: "Rockabilly Willy", "Piece of the Rock" - as Ferrara / music: "Rockabilly Willy", "Piece of the Rock" - as Ferrara
China Girl 1987 lyrics: "Hot And Bothered", "Chinatown Tonight" / music: "Hot And Bothered", "Chinatown Tonight"
The Driller Killer 1979 writer: "Grand Street Stomp" - as Laine


Black Butterfly 2016 post-production Pat
Sculpt 2016
Don Peyote 2014 Taxi Cab Driver
My Big-Assed Mother 2012 Short Charles Bukowski
Go Get Some Rosemary 2009 Robber
Exes 2006 Caïn
Ms .45 1981 1st Rapist (as Jimmy Laine)
The Driller Killer 1979 Reno Miller (as Jimmy Laine)
9 Lives of a Wet Pussy 1976 Old Man (as Jimmy Laine)
The Hold Up 1972 Short Johnny (voice, uncredited)
Nicky's Film 1971 Short Man in junkyard


3 by 3, 1 by 1 2012 Short executive producer
Beto! The Bad Boy of Thompson Street 2011 producer
Happy Life 2011 executive producer
Uncle Bob 2010 Documentary producer
Bandaged 2009 executive producer
Odyssey in Rome 2005 Documentary co-producer
White Boy 2002 producer


Not Guilty: For Keith Richards 1977 Documentary short
Nicky's Film 1971 Short


The Driller Killer 1979 as Jimmy Laine
9 Lives of a Wet Pussy 1976 as Jimmy Laine

Music Department

The Blackout 1997 musician - as Jimmy Laine
The Driller Killer 1979 songwriter: Rooster Music - as Laine


Crime Story 1986 TV Series director - 1 episode


Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk 2014 special thanks
My Pure Joy 2011 acknowledgment to the works of
Jesus Was a Commie 2011 Short additional thanks
Deranged High 2010 special thanks
It All Happens Here: Abel Ferrara & the Making of 'Bad Lieutenant' 2009 Video short special thanks
Northern Lights 2009 Documentary special thanks for inspiration
Never Down 2007 thanks
A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara 2004 Video documentary special thanks
Dans les coulisses du clip 'California' 1996 Short thanks


At the Video Store Documentary post-production archival footage
C 2016 TV Series Himself
A Talent for Trouble 2015 Himself
Cinema 3 2008-2015 TV Series Himself
The Director Series 2015 Documentary short Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2012-2014 TV Series Himself
Head and Hands: My Black Angel 2013 Short Himself
Balkan Spirit 2013 Documentary Himself - Director
Hollywood's Best Film Directors 2012 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Film Director
Charlie Rose 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Invincible Force 2011 Documentary Reno Miller
Tracks 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Mulberry St. 2010 Documentary Himself
Uncle Bob 2010 Documentary Himself
Días de cine 2009 TV Series Himself
Miradas 2 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Chelsea on the Rocks 2008 Documentary Himself
Bienvenue 2007 Documentary Himself
Game of the Century 2007 TV Movie Himself
Automatic Thirteen 2007 Short Himself
Not Guilty for Abel 2007 Short Himself
Odyssey in Rome 2005 Documentary Himself
El Magacine 2005 TV Series Himself
Ceremonia de apertura 2005 TV Movie Himself
There Is No Direction 2005 Documentary short Himself
Cinéma, de notre temps 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Abel/Asia 1998 Documentary short Himself
20 heures le journal 1997 TV Series Himself
Dans les coulisses du clip 'California' 1996 Short Himself
Le cercle de minuit 1993-1996 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1996 TV Series Himself
Lauren Hutton and... 1996 TV Series Himself
Not Guilty: For Keith Richards 1977 Documentary short Keith Richards

Archive Footage

Où sont passées les grandes gueules? 30 ans de débats 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ceremonia de clausura 2005 TV Movie Himself
Venecia 2005: Crónica de Carlos Boyero 2005 TV Movie Himself
Ban the Sadist Videos! 2005 Video documentary Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Épreuves d'artistes 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fear, Panic & Censorship 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape 2010 Documentary Himself
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián 2008 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)

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