Best Breakthrough Directors of 2019

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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 ...

Booksmart

2. Max Minghella

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 ...

Teen Spirit

3. Anthony Maras

Producer | Hotel Mumbai

Anthony Maras is a producer and director, known for Hotel Mumbai (2018), The Palace (2011) and Azadi (2005).

Hotel Mumbai

4. Rashid Johnson

Director | Native Son

Rashid Johnson is known for his work on Native Son (2019), A Hand Full of Dirt (2010) and Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World (2017).

Native Son

5. Laura Steinel

Writer | Family

Laura Steinel is a writer and actress, known for Family (2018), Draft Day (2014) and Red Oaks (2014).

Family

6. Justin Baldoni

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

7. Roxann Dawson

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...

Breakthrough

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...

Unicorn Store

9. Robin Bissell

Producer | The Hunger Games

Robin Bissell was born on June 2, 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He is a producer, known for The Hunger Games (2012), Seabiscuit (2003) and Free State of Jones (2016).

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

Nia DaCosta is known for her work on Little Woods (2018), Candyman (2020) and Sleeping with the Enemy.

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

13. Ben Hernandez Bray

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 ...

El Chicano

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...

Braid

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.

Untogether

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.

Arctic



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