Best Breakthrough Directors of 2019by tlmovies | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public
1. Olivia Wilde
Actress | Tron
Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is a modern day renaissance woman, starring in many acclaimed film productions, while simultaneously giving back to the community.
She was born on March 10, 1984 in New York City. Her parents are Leslie Cockburn (née Leslie Corkill Redlich) and Andrew Cockburn. Her ...
Actor | The Social Network
Max Giorgio Choa Minghella is an English-born actor and filmmaker. He was born in Hampstead, London, England, the son of choreographer Carolyn Choa and the late Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella. He is the brother of Hannah Minghella, who has also worked in film.
Minghella is a former member ...
Producer | Hotel Mumbai
Director | Native Son
Writer | Family
Actor | Jane the Virgin
Justin Baldoni is an actor, director, producer, speaker, and entrepreneur who is focused creating impactful media and entertainment.
After creating and directing the award-winning documentary series, My Last Days, Baldoni made his feature film directorial debut this year with FIVE FEET APART. He ...
Five Feet Apart
Director | Breakthrough
Roxann Dawson was born in Los Angeles, California, to Richard and Rosalie Caballero. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (Theater Arts major). She soon landed her first role as Diana Morales in the Broadway production of "A Chorus Line". During her acting career, she performed...
8. Brie Larson
Actress | Room
Brie Larson has built an impressive career as an acclaimed television actress, rising feature film star and emerging recording artist. A native of Sacramento, Brie started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco...
Producer | The Hunger Games
The Best of Enemies
10. Gail Mancuso
Director | Modern Family
Noted TV series director Gail Mancuso grew up in suburban Cook County, Illinois. Mancuso began her career as an usher of the set of several television talk shows. Later, became a script supervisor for the Showtime Cable Network comedy "Brothers". In 1989, she began serving as associate director for...
A Dog's Journey
11. Nia DaCosta
Director | Little Woods
12. Stefon Bristol
Director | See You Yesterday
Stefon Bristol is an award-winning filmmaker in the pursuit of becoming a master of the art of storytelling. His favorite films are Do the Right Thing, Back to the Future Part II, and Jurassic Park . . . don't judge. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA where he met and begged Spike Lee for...
See You Yesterday
Stunts | Star Trek
Ben Hernandez Bray is a film and television director who was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in one of the toughest San Fernando Valley neighborhoods. He's the oldest of six children, raised by his Mother and Grandmother and is of Mexican and Irish descent. In the late 1980's his boxing ...
14. Nahnatchka Khan
Producer | Fresh Off the Boat
Nahnatchka Khan was born on June 17, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for Fresh Off the Boat (2015), American Dad! (2005) and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012).
Always Be My Maybe
15. Mitzi Peirone
Director | Braid
Mitzi Peirone was born and raised in Turin, Italy where she received an intensive classical humanistic education, focusing on philosophy, art history, Greek tragedy, opera and literature. After high school Peirone left Italy to study theater in New York City at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts...
16. Emma Forrest
Writer | Untogether
Emma Forrest was born on December 26, 1976 in London, England. She is known for her work on Untogether (2018), Liars (A-E) and The Boss of It All. She has been married to Ben Mendelsohn since June 3, 2012. They have one child.
The Man Who Killed Hitler and than the Bigfoot
18. Joe Penna
Director | Arctic
Joe Penna was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He began his career on YouTube, where he has garnered nearly 3 million subscribers. He is a director and writer, known for Instant Getaway (2014), Meridian (2012), and Beyond (2015).
He is married to Sarah Penna. They have one child.