Dr. Diane Howard Identifies Top Directors Today of Best Redemptive, Family Moviesby DrDianeHoward | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performances Studies), entertainment editor, interviews and reviews top directors in redemptive and family movies to promote the best directors of content that makes a good, eternal difference in our world (See https://dianehoward.com/)
1. Mel Gibson
Actor | Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is ...
Writer | Days of Heaven
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.
A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...
Actor | Fences
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...
Producer | Short Circuit
After attending the USC School of Cinema, Gregg Champion apprenticed with several directors including Blake Edwards, Nicholas Roeg, and John Badham, with whom he shared an eight-year association. Champion's feature producing credits include "Blue Thunder"(Columbia) "Short Circuit"(Tri-Star) and "...
Writer | The Stoning of Soraya M.
Of Iranian descent, he was born in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from Madison West High School and was a city boys high school tennis champion. Nowrasteh attended New Mexico State University on an athletic scholarship and later transferred to the University of ...
10. Andrew Erwin
Director | I Can Only Imagine
Andrew Erwin and his brother Jon are the filmmaking team known by most as the Erwin Brothers. The Birmingham, Alabama born brothers grew up around college football and entertainment. Their father, a local news anchor introduced them to the television industry at a young age. As teenagers they began...
11. Jon Erwin
Director | October Baby
Jon & Andrew Erwin are a directing team that focus on developing and producing unique stories of redemption, faith, and triumph of the human spirit. The duo began their career as teenagers in their hometown of Birmingham, AL, working as camera operators for ESPN. Local games at the university of ...
12. Alex Kendrick
Actor | Courageous
Born in Athens, Georgia as the middle of three sons to Larry and Rhonwyn Kendrick. Grew up in Smyrna, GA and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. Worked as a Christian DJ for two radio stations before attending New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary...
14. Stephen Chbosky
Writer | The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky was born on January 25, 1970 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Wonder (2017). He has been married to Liz Chbosky since 2010.
15. Dan Gilroy
Writer | Nightcrawler
Dan Gilroy was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Frank D. Gilroy, and sculptor and writer Ruth Dorothy. His brother Tony Gilroy is a screenwriter and director; and his fraternal twin brother, John Gilroy, is a film editor. Through his father, he is of ...
20. Niki Caro
Director | Whale Rider
Niki Caro is a New Zealand film director and screenwriter, born in 1967. Caro was born in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. She was educated first at the Kadimah College in Auckland, and then the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland. The School is a private girls' school, and ranks ...
21. Sean McNamara
Producer | Hoovey
To capture the essence of Sean McNamara's skills as a Director, one need not look further than critics' reviews of his latest theatrical work on "Soul Surfer" for Tristar Pictures/FilmDistrict.
"Soul Surfer is the kind of sturdy, satisfying family drama that doesn't get made very often anymore. But ...
24. Jim Hanon
Director | Beyond the Gates of Splendor
Jim Hanon is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker who has filmed on every continent but Antarctica. With an extensive background in illustration, art directing, and advertising, Jim was a Vice President of Leo Burnett in Chicago before transitioning to a more community-driven street...
Producer | Bella
Alejandro Monteverde was born on July 13, 1977 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico as Jose Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. He is a producer and director, known for Bella (2006) and Little Boy (2015). He has been married to Ali Landry Monteverde since April 8, 2006. They have three children.
27. Kevin Sorbo
Actor | Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Kevin spent 3 years traveling around the world, modeling for print ads and appearing in over 150 commercials, before landing in his breakout series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995).
Kevin David Sorbo was born in Mound, Minnesota, on September 24, 1958, to Ardis (Thompson), a nurse, and Lynn ...
36. John Chester
Director | Super Soul Shorts
Emmy-winning director John Chester has been a filmmaker and television director for the last 25 years. His recent short films for OWN's Super Soul Sunday (including Saving Emma, Worry for Maggie and The Orphan) have won five Emmy Awards, for outstanding directing, writing, and cinematography, among...