Moved with mother and twin brother Albert to Pomona, CA when they were nine
Received first video camera at age 12 and began making short films with brother
When asked to make a "How To" film for a school assignment, brothers made short film titled "How to Be a Burglar"
Co-directed (with brother Albert) music videos for rap artists Tone Loc and Tupac Shakur
Made feature debut as director, producer, and story writer (all shared with Albert), "Menace II Society"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature
With brother, co-founded rap/R&B label Underworld Records
Co-directed and co-wrote second film with Albert, "Dead Presidents"
Co-directed with brother documentary "American Pimp," about the underground pimp culture and exploitation of women; film premiered at Sundance
Co-directed film adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel "From Hell," about the 'Jack the Ripper' murders in England; starred Johnny Depp and Heather Graham
Made solo directing debut with several episodes of American version of "Touching Evil" on USA Network; Albert was executive producer
Directed A&E movie "Knights of the South Bronx," starring Ted Danson
Directed segment for film anthology "New York, I Love You"
Re-teamed with brother to direct post-apocalyptic drama "The Book of Eli," starring Denzel Washington
Helmed crime drama "Broken City," starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, and Catherine Zeta-Jones