Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (pronounced /skÉ?rË?sÉ?si/ in English and IPA: [luË?tÊ?aËno skoÉ¾Ë?seËze] in Italian; born November 17, 1942) is an Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, producer, actor and film historian. Also affectionately known as "Marty", he is the founder of the World Cinema Foundation and a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema and has won awards from the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Directors Guild of America. Scorsese is president of the Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation and the prevention of the decaying of motion picture film stock.Scorsese's body of work addresses such themes as Italian American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, machismo, and the violence endemic to American society. Scorsese is widely considered to be one of the most significant and influential American filmmakers of his era, directing landmark films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas; all of which he collaborated on with actor Robert De Niro. He earned an MFA in film directing from NYU's School of the Arts.