Lumet has directed 40 films, which have received over 50 Academy Award Nominations. He's the creator and Executive Producer of the new A&E cable series, 100 Centre St. His films include Network, Fail-Safe, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Prince of the City. He details his craft in his book Making Movies.
He's the man behind the family adventure films Spy Kids and Spy Kids 2. His list of credits include writer, director, producer, director of photography, production designer, editor, visual effects supervisor, sound designer, re-recording mixer and composer. His first feature film was El Mariachi, which he made in 1993 for $7,000. It won the Audience Award for best dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote a book about making El Mariachi called Rebel Without a Crew. Spy Kids 2 is now out on video. This interview first aired August 6, 2002.