Directors who deserve more recognition. Support them.by a_NORMAL_movie_fan | created - 24 Jan 2014 | updated - 24 Jan 2014 | Public
Director | Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus
British director Andrew Douglas began his career in Lord Snowdon's photographic studio. He was a magazine photographer for Esquire and The Face and then a director of music videos and commercials. His 2003 documentary, Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, won a Royal Television Society award. He ...
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...
5. Lucky McKee
Director | May
Born and raised in the small riverbank town of Jenny Lind in Calaveras County, California, Edward Lucky McKee grew up mostly in poverty with little access to modern forms of entertainment. When McKee was age ten, he used an old video camera to videotape his sister's birthday party which put him on ...
16. Peter Landesman
Writer | Concussion
Peter Landesman began his filmmaking and TV career after starting as an award-winning painter and novelist, and investigative journalist and war correspondent for the New York Time Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker and others. As a journalist, Landesman covered the conflicts in Rwanda, Kosovo ...
18. Leslye Headland
Writer | Bachelorette
Leslye Headland was born on November 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Leslye Ann Headland. She is a writer and director, known for Bachelorette (2012), Sleeping with Other People (2015) and Russian Doll (2019). She has been married to Rebecca Henderson since September 18, 2016.
20. Lana Wilson
Producer | After Tiller
Lana Wilson is an Emmy-winning and Spirit Award-nominated director, writer, and producer based in New York. Her most recent film, The Departure (2017), premiered in the World Documentary Competition at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to be nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for ...
Director | Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
Born in 1930, Wiseman is a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident and member of the Massachusetts Bar Association who turned to filmmaking in 1967, after years as an instructor and/or researcher at Boston University, Brandeis University, and Harvard. In 1970 he founded Zipporah Films, Inc., which ...
22. 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 ...
23. Johnnie To
Producer | Cheung foh
With over thirty directing and producing credits to his name, Johnnie To enjoyed international breakthroughs with Election (2005), Election 2 (2006) (aka "Triad Election") and Exiled (2006); those films enjoyed multiple international film festival appearances and were separately sold to more than ...
25. Mark Kendall
28. Denis Villeneuve
Director | Blade Runner 2049
Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), ...
33. Joe Swanberg
Writer | Easy
Joe Swanberg was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1981. He moved around quite a bit growing up, even spending two years on an island in the Pacific Ocean named Kwajalein. He studied film production at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he developed an interest in emerging video technology ...
36. Jim Fall
Director | Trick
Jim Fall has had a diversified directing career spanning theater, TV, and motion pictures. Jim's feature film career started with the acclaimed independent feature "Trick" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival in Dramatic Competition. It was quickly acquired by Fine...
37. Mark Waters
Producer | (500) Days of Summer
Mark Waters was born on June 30, 1964 in Wyandotte, Michigan, USA as Mark Stephen Waters. He is a director and producer, known for 500 Days of Summer (2009), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) and Vampire Academy (2014). He has been married to Dina Spybey-Waters since November 10, 2000.
38. Marius Kurkinsky
Actor | Dnevnikat na edin lud
Marius Kurkinsky (birth name - Ivaylo Vasilev Stoyanov ) is a Bulgarian actor and director. He was born on October 15, 1969 in Novi Pazar, Bulgaria. At age 12 he entered the children's theater studio at the Drama Theatre - Varna, and then - in the Theater "Cricket", leaded by brothers Raykovi. He ...
40. Hannah Fidell
Writer | A Teacher
Hannah Fidell was born on October 7, 1985 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Hannah Margalit Fidell. She is a writer and producer, known for A Teacher (2013), 6 Years (2015) and The Long Dumb Road (2018). She has been married to Jake Longstreth since September 23, 2017.
41. Ava DuVernay
Producer | Queen Sugar
A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...
42. 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 The End of the Tour (2015). He has been married to Megan Holloway since September 25, 2010.
43. Ti West
Director | The Innkeepers
Ti West Most Notable For Directing Horror Films Is An Actor,Writer,Producer,Editor And Very Genuine Director As Well.Ti Broke Out After Directing Various Features Until 2009 Happened Upon Him With Which He Directed 2 Feature Films 2009's The House Of The Devil & Also Cabin Fever 2 Spring Fever.Ti ...
Director | Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Alfonso was born and raised in Laredo, Texas on the US/Mexico border. He received his BFA from NYU and his MFA from AFI. He began his career as personal assistant to Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, Robert De Niro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. He has gone on to direct second unit for Ms. Ephron, ...