My Top Favorite Breakthrough Director of 2017

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1. Jordan Peele

Actor | Keanu

Jordan Peele attended the Computer School in I.S. 44 for Junior High School and went on to attend The Calhoun School for high school, graduating in 1997. He then went on to attend Sarah Lawrence College as a member of the class of 2001. His mother is white and his father is black. Jordan has been ...

Get Out

2. Greta Gerwig

Actress | Frances Ha

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), Naruto and Ned Kelly (2003).

The Greatest Showman

4. Matt Spicer

Writer | Ingrid Goes West

Matt Spicer was born on June 10, 1984 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Ingrid Goes West (2017), It's Not You It's Me (2012) and Flower (2017).

Ingrid Goes West

5. Geremy Jasper

Director | Patti Cake$

Geremy Jasper was born in Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA. He is a director and writer, known for Patti Cake$ (2017), Glamouriety (2012) and Outlaws (2015).

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 producer and director, known for The LEGO Batman Movie (2017), The Lego Movie (2014) and Moral Orel (2005).

The Lego Batman Movie

8. J.D. Dillard

Director | Sleight

J.D. Dillard is a director and writer, known for Sleight (2016), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Stray (2017).

Sleight

9. Matthew Newton

Director | 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

Camera_department | Godzilla

Lawrence Sher was born on February 4, 1970 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Godzilla (2014), Paul (2011) and The Dukes of Hazzard (2005).

Father Figures

Yugioh: Dark Side of Dimensions

15. Susan Johnson

Producer | Carrie Pilby

Susan Johnson was born on December 18, 1970 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She is a producer and director, known for Carrie Pilby (2016), God Help the Girl (2014) and Mean Creek (2004).

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 | Lemonade Stand

Alethea Jones is a director and actress, known for Lemonade Stand (2012), When the Wind Changes (2010) and Dave's Dead (2012).

Fun Mom Dinner

18. Morgan Dameron

Director | Different Flowers

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

Different Flowers

Brigsby Bear

20. Ken Marino

Actor | Wanderlust

Ken Marino was born on December 19, 1968 in Long Island, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Wanderlust (2012), The Ten (2007) and Childrens Hospital (2008). He has been married to Erica Oyama since October 8, 2005. They have one child.

How To Be a Latin Lover

21. Pat Healy

Actor | The Post

Pat Healy was born on September 14, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Post (2017), Compliance (2012) and Take Me (2017).

Take Me

22. Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

Director | As You Are

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is an actor and director, known for As You Are (2016), Mother's Milk and Dreamland (2018).

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), UnREAL (2015) and Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce (2014).

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 | Ripped

Brad Epstein is known for his work on Ripped (2017), About a Boy (2002) and Dan in Real Life (2007).

Ripped

26. Julia Ducournau

Writer | 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 ...

Raw

27. Andy Serkis

Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes

Andrew Clement G. Serkis was born April 20, 1964, in Ruislip Manor, West London, England. He has three sisters and a brother. His father, Clement Serkis, an ethnic Armenian whose original family surname was "Serkissian", was a Medical Doctor working abroad, in Iraq; the Serkis family spent a lot of...

Breathe

28. Kevin Phillips

Director | Super Dark Times

Kevin Phillips is known for his work on Super Dark Times (2017), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) and Too Cool for School (2015).

Super Dark Times

29. Alexi Pappas

Writer | Tracktown

Alexi Pappas is a writer and producer, known for Tracktown (2016), Tall as the Baobab Tree (2012) and EverQuest Forever (2013).

Tracktown

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

Art_department | The Powerpuff Girls Movie

Charlie Bean is known for his work on The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002), Samurai Jack (2001) and The Natural History of Parking Lots (1990).

The Lego Ninjago Movie

32. Ricardo de Montreuil

Director | Lowriders

Born in Lima, Peru, Ricardo de Montreuil has achieved recognition in a wide range of media, including film, television, advertising and print.

His latest film "Mancora" was selected for competition in the World Drama category at the Sundance Film Festival 2008. The film cast includes Elsa Pataky, ...

Lowriders

33. Brian Fee

Director | Cars 3

Brian Fee is known for his work on Cars 3 (2017), WALL·E (2008) and Inside Out (2015).

Cars 3

34. David Singer

Writer | Advantage: Weinberg

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 ...

Imperfections

35. Gerard McMurray

Producer | Burning Sands

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

Burning Sands

36. Eric Summer

Director | Ballerina

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

Leap

37. Scott Zabielski

Producer | Tosh.0

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

Writer | Rebel in the Rye

Danny Strong was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, a little borough south of Los Angeles. He attended the University of Southern California, where he majored in Theater. During his tenure there, he was awarded the James Pendelton Award for Acting and was a finalist for the prestigious Irene Ryan ...

Rebel in the Rye

40. Hallie Meyers-Shyer

Actress | What Women Want

Hallie Meyers-Shyer was born on July 26, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for What Women Want (2000), The Parent Trap (1998) and It's Complicated (2009).

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 Christ's Dog (2011).

Lady Macbeth

Same Kind of Different As Me

45. Margaret 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 ...

Novitiate