My Top Favorite Breakthrough Director of 2017

by tlev-38675 | created - 07 Jul 2017 | updated - 30 Dec 2017 | Public

1. Jordan Peele

Writer | Get Out

Jordan Haworth Peele attended Sarah Lawrence College as a member of the class of 2001. His mother is white and his father is black. Jordan is married to comedian Chelsea Peretti, with whom he has a son.

He is known for co-writing and starring in the comedy Keanu (2016), opposite his close friend ...

Get Out

2. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

Lady Bird

3. Michael Gracey

Director | The Greatest Showman

Michael Gracey is known for his work on The Greatest Showman (2017), Rocketman (2019) and Ned Kelly (2003).

The Greatest Showman

4. Matt Spicer

Director | Ingrid Goes West

Matt Spicer was born on June 10, 1984 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Ingrid Goes West (2017), It's Not You It's Me (2013) and The Adventurer's Handbook.

Ingrid Goes West

5. Geremy Jasper

Director | Patti Cake$

Geremy Jasper was born on November 9, 1975 in New Jersey, USA. He is a director, known for Patti Cake$ (2017), Shortbus (2006) and The Night Circus.

Patti Cake$

6. Jay Baruchel

Actor | Goon

Jay Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and was raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the son of Robyne (Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Victor Baruchel, an antiques dealer. He has a younger sister who also acts. He started acting in 1995 when he made his first of three appearances on ...

Goon: Last of the Enforcers

7. Chris McKay

Director | The Lego Batman Movie

Chris McKay is a director and producer, known for The Lego Batman Movie (2017), The Lego Movie (2014) and Robot Chicken: Star Wars III (2010).

The Lego Batman Movie

8. J.D. Dillard

Director | Sleight

J.D. Dillard is a director and writer, known for Sleight (2016) and Sweetheart (2019).


9. Matthew Newton

Writer | From Nowhere

Since graduating from the National Institute Of Dramatic Art in 1998 he has played lead roles in film, television and on stage. His feature films include 'Looking For Alibrandi', 'My Mother Frank', 'The Bet', 'Bitter and Twisted', 'Blurred', 'The Great Raid' and 'Queen Of The Damned'. He has worked...

From Nowhere

10. Taran Killam

Actor | Killing Gunther

Taran Killam was born on April 1, 1982 in Culver City, California, USA as Taran Hourie Killam. He is an actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), The Heat (2013) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). He has been married to Cobie Smulders, since September 8, 2012. They have two children.

Killing Gunther

11. Jason Hall

Actor | American Sniper

Jason Hall was born on April 28, 1972 in Lake Arrowhead, California, USA as Jason D. Hall. He is an actor and writer, known for American Sniper (2014), Thank You for Your Service (2017) and Spread (2009).

Thank You For Your Service

12. Lawrence Sher

Cinematographer | Joker

Lawrence Sher was born on February 4, 1970 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Joker (2019), The Hangover (2009) and Garden State (2004).

Father Figures

Yugioh: Dark Side of Dimensions

14. Andrew Jay Cohen

Writer | Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Andrew Jay Cohen is a writer and producer, known for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), The House (2017) and Neighbors (2014).

The House

15. Susan Johnson

Director | To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Susan Johnson was born on December 18, 1970 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She is a producer and director, known for To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018), Carrie Pilby (2016) and Untitled Fairy Tale Project.

Carrie Pilby

16. DJ Pooh

Writer | Friday

Mark (DJ Pooh) Jordan has produced records for LL Cool J, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and many others. In the mid-1980's, DJ Pooh co-produced LL Cool J's "Bigger and Deffer" album with his producing partner DJ Bobcat. In 1992, Pooh founded the Bomb Record label, and in only two shot years ...

Growing House

17. Alethea Jones

Director | Big Gay Jamboree

Alethea Jones is a director and producer, known for Big Gay Jamboree, Dispatches from Elsewhere (2020) and Lemonade Stand (2012).

Fun Mom Dinner

18. Morgan Dameron

Director | Different Flowers

Morgan Dameron is known for her work on Different Flowers (2017), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Trek Beyond (2016).

Different Flowers

19. Dave McCary

Director | Brigsby Bear

David Lee McCary is an American comedian, writer, and director. He works as a segment director for Saturday Night Live (1975). During college he formed a sketch comedy group, Good Neighbor. In 2007, McCary came together with Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, and Nick Rutherford to form the sketch comedy ...

Brigsby Bear

20. Ken Marino

Actor | The State

Ken Marino was born on December 19, 1968 in Long Island, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The State (1993), Wanderlust (2012) and The Ten (2007). He has been married to Erica Oyama since October 8, 2005. They have two children.

How To Be a Latin Lover

21. Pat Healy

Actor | Cheap Thrills

Pat Healy was born on September 14, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Cheap Thrills (2013), The Innkeepers (2011) and The Post (2017).

Take Me

22. Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

Director | As You Are

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is a director and writer, known for As You Are (2016), Dreamland (2019) and Tank Girl.

As You Are

23. Marti Noxon

Producer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Marti Noxon was born on August 25, 1964 in California, USA as Martha Mills Noxon. She is a producer and writer, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Sharp Objects (2018) and To the Bone (2017).

To The Bone

24. Frank Lotito

Producer | Good Ol' Boy

Originally an actor/comedian from Melbourne, Australia. Frank has kept busy on both sides of the camera acting, writing and producing for over 15 years. In 2007 he worked closely with Ian Thorpe producing a 2-hour documentary on the environment, titled "Fish out of water". Since then Frank has gone...

Growing up Smith

25. Brad Epstein

Producer | About a Boy

Brad Epstein is known for his work on About a Boy (2002), Dan in Real Life (2007) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009).


26. Julia Ducournau

Director | Grave

Julia Ducournau is a French film director and screenwriter. She attended film school at La Fémis in Paris, where she studied screenwriting. In 2011, her short film JUNIOR won the Petit Rail d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature, the horror movie RAW, won the coveted FIPRESCI ...


27. Andy Serkis

Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes

English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), ...


28. Kevin Phillips

Director | Super Dark Times

Kevin Phillips is a cinematographer and director, known for Super Dark Times (2017), Too Cool for School (2015) and III (2019).

Super Dark Times

29. Alexi Pappas

Actress | Tracktown

Alexi Pappas was born on March 28, 1990 in Alameda, California, USA as Alexi Maria Pappas. She is an actress and writer, known for Tracktown (2016), Olympic Dreams (2019) and Not an Artist.


30. Aaron Sorkin

Writer | The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to ...

Molly's Game

31. Charlie Bean

Director | Lady and the Tramp

Charlie Bean was born on August 10, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Charles James Bean. He is known for his work on Lady and the Tramp (2019), The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) and TRON: Uprising (2012).

The Lego Ninjago Movie

32. Ricardo de Montreuil

Director | Lowriders

Ricardo de Montreuil is a Feature Film Director based in Los Angeles, California. De Montreuil recently directed the feature film LOWRIDERS for Universal Pictures, produced by Bryan Grazer and Jason Blum, starring academy award nominee Demian Bichir. LOWRIDERS made close to three million dollars in...


33. Brian Fee

Director | Cars 3

Brian Fee was born on January 29, 1975 in Siskiyou County, California, USA as Brian Stacy Fee. He is known for his work on Cars 3 (2017), WALL·E (2008) and Incredibles 2 (2018).

Cars 3

34. David Singer

Writer | Imperfections

David Singer is a Filmmaker and Composer based in Chicago, IL. His first feature, Imperfections, will have its World Premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2016. Previously, he wrote and directed his first short film, Advantage: Weinberg, which was selected for the Emerging ...


35. Gerard McMurray

Director | The First Purge

Gerard McMurray is a director and producer, known for The First Purge (2018), Burning Sands (2017) and Fruitvale Station (2013).

Burning Sands

36. Eric Summer

Director | Dolmen

Eric Summer starts his career in Brittany, France, directing shorts, advertising spots and corporate videos. He produces and directs « Phenomena », a four season series of documentaries. The series, filmed in the USA, have been sold in over 50 countries.

In 1998, he starts directing international TV...

and Eric Warin


37. Scott Zabielski

Producer | The Jim Jefferies Show

Scott Zabielski was born on August 12, 1979 in Illinois, USA. He is a producer and director, known for The Jim Jefferies Show (2017), Tosh.0 (2009) and Where's the Money (2017). He is married to Genevieve Younce Zabielski.

38. Chester Tam

Writer | Take the 10

Chester Tam is known for his work on Take the 10 (2017), Get a Job (2016) and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016).

Take The 10

39. Danny Strong

Producer | Empire

Danny Strong started his career as an actor in numerous classic films and TV shows such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls, then transitioned into screenwriting, exploding onto the scene with his 2007 script Recount which was #1 on the Hollywood Blacklist and became an award winning HBO ...

Rebel in the Rye

40. Hallie Meyers-Shyer

Writer | Home Again

Hallie Meyers-Shyer was born on July 26, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Home Again (2017).

Home Again

41. Xavier Manrique

Director | Chronically Metropolitan

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Chronically Metropolitan

42. Timothy Reckart

Animation_department | Head Over Heels

Timothy Reckart is known for his work on Head Over Heels (2012), The Star (2017) and Anomalisa (2015).

The Star

43. William Oldroyd

Director | Lady Macbeth

William Oldroyd is a director and producer, known for Lady Macbeth (2016), Best (2013) and The Jealousy Man.

Lady Macbeth

Same Kind of Different As Me

45. Maggie Betts

Director | Novitiate

Maggie Betts is an American screenwriter and film director. Born and raised in New York City, she attended Princeton University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is the daughter of Roland Betts (a real estate developer) and Lois Betts. In 2017, Maggie won the ...


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