Directors to Watch Out for

by jornais123 | created - 02 Jul 2013 | updated - 19 Aug 2014 | Public

1. Darren Aronofsky

Director | Pi

Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won ...

2. Robert Luketic

Director | The Ugly Truth

Robert Luketic was born on November 1, 1973 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is a director and writer, known for The Ugly Truth (2009), Killers (2010) and 21 (2008).

3. Sean Durkin

Director | Martha Marcy May Marlene

Sean Durkin is a producer and director, known for Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Mary Last Seen (2010) and James White (2015).

4. Ry Russo-Young

Director | You Wont Miss Me

Ry Russo-Young was born on November 16, 1981 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and actress, known for You Wont Miss Me (2009), Babes in Toyland (2003) and Nobody Walks (2012).

5. Benh Zeitlin

Director | Beasts of the Southern Wild

Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a film-maker at the tender age of 6 years when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film...

6. Lauren Greenfield

Director | The Queen of Versailles

Lauren Greenfield is a director and producer, known for The Queen of Versailles (2012), Generation Wealth (2018) and Thin (2006).

7. Marshall Lewy

Director | California Solo

Marshall Lewy was born in 1977 in the USA as Marshall Ian Lewy. He is a producer and director, known for California Solo (2012), Project Greenlight (2001) and Blue State (2007). He has been married to Heather Fowler since September 20, 2008.

8. Mike Cahill

Editor | Another Earth

Mike Cahill was born on July 5, 1979 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is known for his work on Another Earth (2011), I Origins (2014) and Doctors.

9. Azazel Jacobs

Director | Momma's Man

Azazel Jacobs is a director and writer, known for Momma's Man (2008), Terri (2011) and The Lovers (2017).

10. Ryan Fleck

Director | Half Nelson

Ryan K. Fleck is an American film director, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter best known for directing and writing the 2006 film Half Nelson and the 2008 film Sugar. He is known for his collaborations with fellow filmmaker Anna Boden. Ryan was born in Berkeley, California and raised in ...

11. Henry Bean

Writer | The Believer

Henry Bean was born in 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Believer (2001), Basic Instinct 2 (2006) and Noise (2007).

12. Patricia Cardoso

Director | The Water Carrier of Cucunuba

Patricia Cardoso was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the United States in 1987. She is an anthropologist and archaeologist and she received the first Fulbright scholarship in Colombia for film. She has an MFA in Film Directing from the University of California, and a B.A. in ...

13. 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.

14. Colin Trevorrow

Writer | Jurassic World

Born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Colin Trevorrow started making short films when he was 12 years old. He studied film and dramatic writing at New York University. After graduation, he wrote and directed "Home Base" a digital short that became one of the early viral successes on the ...

15. Steve McQueen

Director | 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008). He is married to Bianca Stigter. They have two children.

16. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

17. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Producer | The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born ...

18. Lisa Cholodenko

Director | The Kids Are All Right

Lisa Cholodenko earned an MFA at Columbia University Film School where she made an award-winning short film Dinner Party (1997) Her feature High Art (1998) won the National Society of Film Critics award for Ally Sheedy's performance and The Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at Sundance. Both "High Art...

19. Megan Mylan

Producer | Lost Boys of Sudan

Megan Mylan is a producer and director, known for Lost Boys of Sudan (2003), Smile Pinki (2008) and P.O.V. (1988).

20. Michel Gondry

Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band ...

21. Adam Elliot

Director | Mary and Max

Grew up on a shrimp farm in southern Australia together with two brothers, one sister and two parrots. He discerned his artistic abilities at an early age and spent five years studying photography, painting, pottery etc. In 1996 he began his studies at the Victorian College of the Arts where Uncle ...

22. Dan Rush

Director | Everything Must Go

Dan Rush is a director and writer, known for Everything Must Go (2010) and Charlie Rose (1991).

23. Sofia Coppola

Actress | The Godfather: Part III

Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...

24. Flavio Alves

Producer | Tom in America

Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer, film director and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he ...

25. Asghar Farhadi

Writer | Darbareye Elly

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...

26. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years...

27. Neill Blomkamp

Director | District 9

Neill Blomkamp was born on September 17, 1979 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015). He is married to Terri Tatchell. They have one child.

28. Àlex Lora

Editor | Thy Father's Chair

Winner of two New York Emmys® and four other times nominee, finalist for the Oscars®-Student Academy Awards, Goya® Spanish Academy Award Nominee, and winner of a Gaudi® Catalan Academy Award after being nominated on three occasions, Alex Lora is a Spanish filmmaker based in New York City who has ...

29. James Ponsoldt

Director | The Spectacular Now

James Ponsoldt was born in 1978 in Athens, Georgia, USA as James Adam Ponsoldt. He is a director and producer, known for The Spectacular Now (2013), The Circle (2017) and Smashed (2012). He has been married to Megan Holloway since September 25, 2010.

30. Svetlana Cvetko

Cinematographer | Inside Job

31. Naomi Kawase

Director | An

Naomi Kawase was born on May 30, 1969 in Nara, Japan. She is a director and writer, known for Sweet Bean (2015), Futatsume no mado (2014) and Moe no suzaku (1997). She was previously married to Takenori Sentô.

32. Rich Moore

Director | Wreck-It Ralph

Rich Moore was born on May 10, 1963 in Oxnard, California, USA. He is known for his work on Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Zootopia (2016) and Futurama (1999).

33. Joon-ho Bong

Writer | Okja

Joon-ho Bong was born on September 14, 1969 in Daegu, South Korea. He is a writer and director, known for Okja (2017), Snowpiercer (2013) and Memories of Murder (2003).

34. Ulrich Seidl

Director | Paradies: Liebe

Ulrich Seidl was born on November 24, 1952 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and writer, known for Paradies: Liebe (2012), Paradies: Glaube (2012) and Import Export (2007). He is married to Veronika Franz.

35. Gregg Araki

Director | Mysterious Skin

Gregg Araki was born on December 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a director and writer, known for Mysterious Skin (2004), Kaboom (2010) and White Bird in a Blizzard (2014).

36. Christian Petzold

Director | Barbara

Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960. After studying German and Drama at the Freie Universität Berlin, he enrolled in Berlin's German Academy for Film and Television (DFFB). There he studied film direction while at same time working as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut ...

37. Lucy Walker

Director | The Crash Reel

Lucy Walker was born in London, England. She is a director and producer, known for The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010) and Blindsight (2006).

38. Joe Cornish

Writer | Attack the Block

Joe Cornish was born on December 20, 1968 in London, England as Joseph Murray Cornish. He is a writer and director, known for Attack the Block (2011), Ant-Man (2015) and The Adventures of Tintin (2011).

39. J.C. Chandor

Producer | A Most Violent Year

J.C. Chandor was born as Jeffrey McDonald Chandor. He is a producer and writer, known for A Most Violent Year (2014), Margin Call (2011) and All Is Lost (2013). He has been married to Mary Cameron Goodyear since 2004. They have two children.

40. Cary Joji Fukunaga

Producer | Beasts of No Nation

Cary Joji Fukunaga was born on July 10, 1977 in Oakland, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Beasts of No Nation (2015), Sin Nombre (2009) and True Detective (2014).

41. Phil Lord

Writer | The Lego Movie

Phil Lord was born on July 12, 1975 in Miami, Florida, USA as Philip A. Lord. He is a producer and writer, known for The Lego Movie (2014), 22 Jump Street (2014) and Clone High (2002).

42. Andrew Wagner

Director | Starting Out in the Evening

Writer/Director Andrew Wagner graduated from Brown University with degrees in Creative Writing and Psychology. He attended NYU's Graduate Film School where his short, The Hardest Hit, won the Francois de Menil Scholarship. He moved to Los Angels to write Waccabuc, a screenplay for United Artists, ...

43. Ruben Fleischer

Director | Zombieland

Ruben Fleischer was born on October 31, 1974 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Ruben Samuel Fleischer. He is a producer and writer, known for Zombieland (2009), Gangster Squad (2013) and 30 Minutes or Less (2011). He has been married to Holly Shakoor Fleischer since November 10, 2012.

44. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

45. Rian Johnson

Director | Looper

Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film Brick (2005) was released in 2005 and was ...

46. Duncan Jones

Director | Moon

Duncan Jones was born on May 30, 1971 in Bromley, Kent, England as Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. He is a director and writer, known for Moon (2009), Source Code (2011) and Warcraft (2016). He has been married to Rodene Ronquillo since November 6, 2012. They have two children.

47. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

48. Lynne Ramsay

Director | We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), You Were Never Really Here (2017) and Ratcatcher (1999).

49. Jonathan Levine

Writer | The Wackness

Jonathan Levine is a writer and director, known for The Wackness (2008), 50/50 (2011) and Snatched (2017).

50. Derek Cianfrance

Director | Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied (1998), won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best...

51. Debra Granik

Director | Winter's Bone

Debra Granik was born on February 6, 1963 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Winter's Bone (2010), Leave No Trace (2018) and Down to the Bone (2004).

52. Nicholas Stoller

Producer | The Muppets

Nicholas Stoller is an English-American screenwriter and director. He is known best for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and writing/directing its 2010 spin-off/sequel, Get Him to the Greek. He also wrote The Muppets and directed the Seth Rogen comedy, Neighbors. He is a ...

53. Tate Taylor

Director | The Help

Tate Taylor was born on June 3, 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Help (2011), Winter's Bone (2010) and Pretty Ugly People (2008).

54. J.A. Bayona

Director | El orfanato

J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012) and A Monster Calls (2016).

55. Tze Chun

Writer | Children of Invention

He graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachuetts with a high school diploma and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Columbia University in New York City.

56. James Bobin

Writer | Muppets Most Wanted

James Bobin was born in 1972 in Hampshire, England. He is a writer and director, known for Muppets Most Wanted (2014), The Muppets (2011) and Flight of the Conchords (2007).

57. Rodrigo Cortés

Editor | Buried

Rodrigo Cortés was born in 1973 in Pazos Hermos, Ourense, Galicia, Spain as Rodrigo Cortés Giráldez. He is a writer and editor, known for Buried (2010), Red Lights (2012) and Concursante (2007).

58. Sean Baker

Writer | The Florida Project

Sean Baker is a writer/director known for the Spirit Award nominated films Take Out (2004), Prince of Broadway (2008) and Starlet (2012) (winner of the Robert Altman Spirit Award). His latest film Tangerine (2015) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Magnolia Pictures in ...

59. James Gunn

Writer | Guardians of the Galaxy

James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, to Leota and James Francis Gunn. He is from a large Catholic family, with Irish and Czech ancestry. His father and his uncles were all lawyers. He has been writing and performing as long as he can remember. He began making 8mm films at the age ...

60. Rashaad Ernesto Green

Director | Gun Hill Road

Rashaad Ernesto Green was born on August 19, 1978 in Bronx, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Gun Hill Road (2011), Premature (2008) and Cuts (2009). He was previously married to Maryse Tricia Karunaratne.

61. Josh Trank

Writer | Fantastic Four

Josh Trank was born on February 19, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joshua Benjamin Trank. He is a writer and director, known for Fantastic Four (2015), Chronicle (2012) and The Kill Point (2007).

62. Mark Freiburger

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Mark Freiburger was born on July 16, 1983 in Roanoke, Virginia, USA as Stephen Mark Freiburger. He is a director and producer, known for Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Elsewhere and Jimmy (2013).

63. Jeff Nichols

Writer | Midnight Special

Jeff Nichols was born on December 7, 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Midnight Special (2016), Take Shelter (2011) and Loving (2016).

65. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...

66. Adam Leon

Writer | Gimme the Loot

Adam Leon is a writer and director, known for Gimme the Loot (2012), Tramps (2016) and Melinda and Melinda (2004).

67. Duncan Jones

Director | Moon

Duncan Jones was born on May 30, 1971 in Bromley, Kent, England as Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. He is a director and writer, known for Moon (2009), Source Code (2011) and Warcraft (2016). He has been married to Rodene Ronquillo since November 6, 2012. They have two children.

68. John Hillcoat

Director | The Road

John Hillcoat was born in 1961 in Queensland, Australia. He is a director, known for The Road (2009), The Proposition (2005) and Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988).

69. Ursula Meier

Director | L'enfant d'en haut

Ursula Meier was born on June 24, 1971 in Besançon, Doubs, France. She is a director and writer, known for L'enfant d'en haut (2012), Home (2008) and Tous à table (2001).

70. Liza Johnson

Director | Return

Liza Johnson is a director and producer, known for Return (2011), In the Air (2009) and Hateship Loveship (2013).

71. Craig Zobel

Director | Compliance

Craig Zobel is a director and producer, known for Compliance (2012), Great World of Sound (2007) and Z for Zachariah (2015).

72. Jonathan Lisecki

Actor | Woman in Burka

Jonathan Lisecki is an actor, known for Woman in Burka (2008), Gayby (2012) and Gayby (2010).

73. Shane Carruth

Composer | Primer

Writer-director Shane Carruth, a former software engineer, burst onto the independent movie scene with his extremely low-budget science-fiction film Primer (2004) in 2004. Carruth also played one of the two leads in the film and composed its music. "Primer" won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P...

74. Matteo Garrone

Director | Gomorra

Matteo Garrone was born in Rome in 1968. He is the son of a theatre critic, Nico Garrone, and a photographer. In 1996 he won the Sacher d'Oro, an award sponsored by Nanni Moretti, with the short film Silhouette (1996), that became one of the three episodes of his first feature film Terra di mezzo (...

75. Kenneth Lonergan

Writer | You Can Count on Me

Kenneth Lonergan is a playwright, screenwriter and director. His film, You Can Count on Me (2000), which he wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, won the Sundance 2000 Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the NY Film Critics Circle, LA Film ...

76. Randy Moore

Director | Escape from Tomorrow

Randy Moore is a director and writer, known for Escape from Tomorrow (2013).

77. Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Director | The Kings of Summer

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is a director and producer, known for The Kings of Summer (2013), Successful Alcoholics (2010) and Kong: Skull Island (2017).

78. Amy Seimetz

Actress | Upstream Color

Amy Seimetz first came to prominence producing and directing shorts and independent films. Most notably associate producing Barry Jenkins' Medicine For Melancholy which was nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards, after playing at South By Southwest and the Toronto International Film ...

79. Lake Bell

Actress | In a World...

Lake Bell was born on March 24, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA as Lake Caroline Siegel Bell. She is an actress and director, known for In a World... (2013), No Strings Attached (2011) and It's Complicated (2009). She has been married to Scott Campbell since June 1, 2013. They have two ...

80. Zachary Heinzerling

Producer | Cutie and the Boxer

Zachary Heinzerling is a producer and director, known for Cutie and the Boxer (2013), P.O.V. (1988) and Hugh the Hunter (2015).



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