Abel Ferrara Net Worth

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Abel Ferrara net worth is
$10 Million

Abel Ferrara Wiki Biography

Born in the Bronx, Ferrara started making amateur films on Super 8 in his teens before making his debut with violent exploitation films such as 'Driller Killer' and 'Ms.45'. Good reviews for the latter helped create his cult reputation, leading to larger budgets, studio funding and 'name' actors (Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel), but he still ...

Full NameAbel Ferrara
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 19, 1951
Place Of Birththe Bronx, New York, United States
ProfessionDirector, Writer, Soundtrack
EducationState University of New York at Purchase
SpouseNancy Ferrara
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...
1Recurring theme of faith and redemption
2His films often end with the death of the main character.
3Many of his protagonists are portrayed as inherently decent men who have been caught up in violence.
4Long running camera shots
5Often collaborates with screenwriter Nicholas St.John
6Uses very little, if any, music in his films
7Frequent references to philosophical and religious concepts
8Frequently sets his films in New York City
9His characters are often deeply flawed individuals trying to survive in a bleak world.
10Frequent use of religious imagery
11Often features characters caught in self-destructive patterns (King of New York, Bad Lieutenant)
12Frequently 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.
1Where 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.
2The 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.
3The actors that I love to work with, they're hard on me. They're pushing me.
4With '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.
5There's no such thing as a non-final cut director.
6But 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.
7The 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.
8It'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.
9As 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.
10I 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.
11I'm a lapsed Buddhist like I'm a lapsed Catholic. I take it to a point.
12I don't care if I get $50 million to do a film.
13I live with a bunch of yuppies and models.
14I don't know what DVD commentaries are about. I'd like to strangle the person who came up with that concept.
15I don't have a problem with Werner Herzog.
16I was born in the Bronx, and then my father moved us to the country at an early age.
17Listen, anybody who has a film festival has the right to show what they want.
18Most filmmaking is about shaking hands and just starting.
19Making money is not gonna change anything about what I am, except I won't answer the door.
20Mulberry 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.
21I come from a world where you get the film done, that's a success.
22Certain 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.'
23It's funny, the hardest thing to do is to make something look like it's fast, loose and improvised, and get somebody to laugh.
24The last day of your life is still going to be a day.
25I 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.
26My 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.
27My 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.
28In the film business, it's basically honor among thieves.
29I'm not a big fan of talking about dying. And then I make a movie where I kill everybody.
30No one can stop me from talking about my movie.
31A script is not a piece of literature it's a process.
32That's the thing about making a movie: You never finish editing. They just take it away from you.
33I'm about my characters.
34Life is what happens when you're doing other things, right?
35As barbaric is we are, it's a miracle we haven't blown ourselves off the face of the earth so far.
1He visited Argentina for to promote his film Mary (2005) in Mar del Plata International Film Festival. [March 2006]
2Is of Irish and Italian descent.
3Is 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.
4Visited Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia, 8/2006)
5Went to high school with Nicholas St. John, who has written many of his films.
6Has two adopted daughters.
7Grew up in Peekskill, New York.


Welcome to New York2014
No Saints2012Video short
4:44 Last Day on Earth2011
42 One Dream Rush2010Short
Mulberry St.2010Documentary
Napoli, Napoli, Napoli2009
Chelsea on the Rocks2008Documentary
Go Go Tales2007
'R Xmas2001
New Rose Hotel1998
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground1997TV Movie segment "Love on the A Train"
The Blackout1997
The Funeral1996
Mylène Farmer: California1996Video short
The Addiction1995
Dangerous Game1993
Body Snatchers1993
Bad Lieutenant1992
King of New York1990
Cat Chaser1989
The Loner1988TV Movie
China Girl1987
Crime Story1986TV Series 1 episode
The Gladiator1986TV Movie
Miami Vice1985TV Series 2 episodes
Fear City1984
Ms .451981
The Driller Killer1979
Not Guilty: For Keith Richards1977Documentary short
9 Lives of a Wet Pussy1976as Jimmy Boy L
Could This Be Love1973Short
The Hold Up1972Short
Nicky's Film1971Short


Pasolini2014based on an idea by
Welcome to New York2014screenplay
4:44 Last Day on Earth2011written by
Napoli, Napoli, Napoli2009writer
Chelsea on the Rocks2008Documentary stories
Go Go Tales2007
'R Xmas2001
New Rose Hotel1998screenplay
The Blackout1997
Bad Lieutenant1992written by
Could This Be Love1973Short writer
The Hold Up1972Short


Go Go Tales2007"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 Funeral1996lyrics: "Tonight Will Be The Night" / music: "Tonight Will Be The Night"
The Addiction1995writer: "Draw The Line" - as Ferrara
Bad Lieutenant1992lyrics: "THE BAD LIEUTENANT" / music: "THE BAD LIEUTENANT" / performer: "THE BAD LIEUTENANT"
King of New York1990lyrics: "Rockabilly Willy", "Piece of the Rock" - as Ferrara / music: "Rockabilly Willy", "Piece of the Rock" - as Ferrara
China Girl1987lyrics: "Hot And Bothered", "Chinatown Tonight" / music: "Hot And Bothered", "Chinatown Tonight"
The Driller Killer1979writer: "Grand Street Stomp" - as Laine


Black Butterfly2016post-productionPat
Don Peyote2014Taxi Cab Driver
My Big-Assed Mother2012ShortCharles Bukowski
Go Get Some Rosemary2009Robber
Ms .4519811st Rapist (as Jimmy Laine)
The Driller Killer1979Reno Miller (as Jimmy Laine)
9 Lives of a Wet Pussy1976Old Man (as Jimmy Laine)
The Hold Up1972ShortJohnny (voice, uncredited)
Nicky's Film1971ShortMan in junkyard


3 by 3, 1 by 12012Short executive producer
Beto! The Bad Boy of Thompson Street2011producer
Happy Life2011executive producer
Uncle Bob2010Documentary producer
Bandaged2009executive producer
Odyssey in Rome2005Documentary co-producer
White Boy2002producer


Not Guilty: For Keith Richards1977Documentary short
Nicky's Film1971Short


The Driller Killer1979as Jimmy Laine
9 Lives of a Wet Pussy1976as Jimmy Laine

Music Department

The Blackout1997musician - as Jimmy Laine
The Driller Killer1979songwriter: Rooster Music - as Laine


Crime Story1986TV Series director - 1 episode


Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
My Pure Joy2011acknowledgment to the works of
Jesus Was a Commie2011Short additional thanks
Deranged High2010special thanks
It All Happens Here: Abel Ferrara & the Making of 'Bad Lieutenant'2009Video short special thanks
Northern Lights2009Documentary special thanks for inspiration
Never Down2007thanks
A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara2004Video documentary special thanks
Dans les coulisses du clip 'California'1996Short thanks


At the Video StoreDocumentary post-production archival footage
C2016TV SeriesHimself
A Talent for Trouble2015Himself
Cinema 32008-2015TV SeriesHimself
The Director Series2015Documentary shortHimself
Janela Indiscreta2012-2014TV SeriesHimself
Head and Hands: My Black Angel2013ShortHimself
Balkan Spirit2013DocumentaryHimself - Director
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Film Director
Charlie Rose2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Invincible Force2011DocumentaryReno Miller
Tracks2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Mulberry St.2010DocumentaryHimself
Uncle Bob2010DocumentaryHimself
Días de cine2009TV SeriesHimself
Miradas 22008TV Series documentaryHimself
Chelsea on the Rocks2008DocumentaryHimself
Game of the Century2007TV MovieHimself
Automatic Thirteen2007ShortHimself
Not Guilty for Abel2007ShortHimself
Odyssey in Rome2005DocumentaryHimself
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
Ceremonia de apertura2005TV MovieHimself
There Is No Direction2005Documentary shortHimself
Cinéma, de notre temps2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Abel/Asia1998Documentary shortHimself
20 heures le journal1997TV SeriesHimself
Dans les coulisses du clip 'California'1996ShortHimself
Le cercle de minuit1993-1996TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
Lauren Hutton and...1996TV SeriesHimself
Not Guilty: For Keith Richards1977Documentary shortKeith Richards

Archive Footage

Où sont passées les grandes gueules? 30 ans de débats2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ceremonia de clausura2005TV MovieHimself
Venecia 2005: Crónica de Carlos Boyero2005TV MovieHimself
Ban the Sadist Videos!2005Video documentaryHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Épreuves d'artistes2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fear, Panic & Censorship2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape2010DocumentaryHimself
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV MovieHimself (uncredited)

Won Awards

2011Leopard of HonorLocarno International Film Festival
2008Time-Machine Honorary AwardSitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
2007German Independence Honorary AwardOldenburg Film Festival
2005Grand Special Jury PrizeVenice Film FestivalMary (2005)
2005SIGNIS AwardVenice Film FestivalMary (2005)
2005Sergio Trasatti AwardVenice Film FestivalMary (2005)
2005Mimmo Rotella Foundation AwardVenice Film FestivalMary (2005)
2004Career AwardFlaiano International PrizesCinema
2002Grand Jury PrizeNew York International Independent Film & Video FestivalBest Feature Film'R Xmas (2001)
1998Feature Film AwardNew York International Independent Film & Video FestivalSpecial Jury Award to a DirectorThe Blackout (1997)
1998Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" AwardVenice Film FestivalNew Rose Hotel (1998)
1998Elvira Notari Prize - Special MentionVenice Film FestivalNew Rose Hotel (1998)
1998Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Foreign DirectorThe Blackout (1997)
1997Best FilmMálaga International Week of Fantastic CinemaThe Addiction (1995)
1996OCIC AwardVenice Film FestivalThe Funeral (1996)
1995Filmmaker AwardGotham Awards
1995Critics AwardMystfestThe Addiction (1995)
1991Best DirectionMystfestKing of New York (1990)

Nominated Awards

2015ARRI/OSRAM AwardMunich Film FestivalBest International FilmPasolini (2014)
2014ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Undistributed FilmPasolini (2014)
2014Sebastiane AwardSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest FilmPasolini (2014)
2014Golden LionVenice Film FestivalPasolini (2014)
2011Golden LionVenice Film Festival4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011)
2007Grand Prix des AmériquesMontréal World Film FestivalGo Go Tales (2007)
2005Golden LionVenice Film FestivalMary (2005)
2001Un Certain Regard AwardCannes Film Festival'R Xmas (2001)
2001Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest Feature'R Xmas (2001)
1998Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalNew Rose Hotel (1998)
1998Golden LionVenice Film FestivalNew Rose Hotel (1998)
1997Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorThe Funeral (1996)
1996Golden LionVenice Film FestivalThe Funeral (1996)
1995Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalThe Addiction (1995)
1995Best FilmMystfestThe Addiction (1995)
1993Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalBody Snatchers (1993)
1993International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmBad Lieutenant (1992)
1993Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorBad Lieutenant (1992)
1993Golden LionVenice Film FestivalSnake Eyes (1993)
1991Best FilmMystfestKing of New York (1990)
1989Best FilmMystfestCat Chaser (1989)
1987Critics AwardDeauville Film FestivalChina Girl (1987)

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