Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Kusama graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
with a degree in film. Her thesis film, Sleeping Beauties, won a Mobil award in 1991.
Following school, she wrote and directed the film Girlfight, which was a hit at the film festivals of 2000. The film shared the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize (with the movie You Can Count on Me by
director Ken Lonergan) and won for best director. Kusama also took home the top prize at
France's Deauville Film Festival, which highlights American independent films.
She has since directed her second film, Aeon Flux (2005), starring Charlize Theron, followed by Jennifer's Body (2009), starring Megan Fox.
Jennifer's Body (2009)
Aeon Flux (2005)