My Top Favorite Breakthrough Director

by tomlev-60399 | created - 27 Nov 2016 | updated - 27 Nov 2016 | Public

1. Tim Miller

Director | Deadpool

Tim Miller is an American animator, film director, creative director and visual effects artist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for the work on his short animated film Gopher Broke. He made his directing debut with Deadpool. Miller is also famous for creating ...


2. Kelly Fremon Craig

Writer | The Edge of Seventeen

Kelly Fremon Craig is a writer and director from Whittier, California. She made her directorial debut with The Edge of Seventeen. James L. Brooks' Gracie Films acquired the project in 2012, and developed the screenplay with Fremon Craig. She graduated from UC Irvine with an English degree. Fremon ...

The Edge of Seventeen

3. Elizabeth Wood

Director | White Girl

Elizabeth Wood is a director and actress, known for White Girl (2016), Spiritual Crisis and Autopilot (2010).

White Girl

4. Barry Jenkins

Director | If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins was born on November 19, 1979 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a director and writer, known for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Moonlight (2016) and Medicine for Melancholy (2008).


5. Felix Thompson

Director | King Jack

Felix Thompson is an editor and director, known for King Jack (2015), Bedford Park Boulevard (2010) and The Third One This Week (2010).

King Jack

6. Dan Kwan

Director | Swiss Army Man

Dan Kwan is a director and actor, known for Swiss Army Man (2016), DJ Snake and Lil Jon: Turn Down for What (2014) and Untitled Daniels Project.

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Swiss Army Man

7. Ilya Naishuller

Director | Hardcore Henry

Ilya Naishuller is a director and producer, known for Hardcore Henry (2015), Biting Elbows: Bad Motherfucker (2013) and I Am Losing Weight (2018).

Hardcore Henry

8. Matt Hullum

Producer | Red vs. Blue

Matt Hullum wrote and directed The Schedule (1997) while attending the University of Texas. After graduating, he worked as a visual effects producer on films such as Driven (2001). He then co-founded the company Rooster Teeth, later becoming its CEO. At Rooster Teeth, Hullum was a voice actor in ...

Lazer Team

9. Dan Trachtenberg

Director | 10 Cloverfield Lane

Dan Trachtenberg is a director and writer, known for 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), The Boys (2019) and Black Mirror (2011).

10 Cloverfield Lane

10. Bryan Buckley

Director | Asad

Oscar Nominated Director Bryan Buckley has been dubbed the "King of the Super Bowl" by the New York Times. Directing over 50 commercials for the big game since 2000. Many pieces of Buckley's work have been inducted into the Museum Of Modern Art's permanent collection and he is an esteemed recipient...

The Bronze

11. Matt Ross

Director | Captain Fantastic

Matt Ross was born on January 3, 1970 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA as Matthew Brandon Ross. He is an actor and director, known for Captain Fantastic (2016), American Psycho (2000) and The Aviator (2004).

Captain Fantastic

12. Richard Tanne

Writer | Southside with You

Richard Tanne was born on February 4, 1985 in Livingston, New Jersey, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Southside with You (2016) and Chemical Hearts.

Southside with You

13. Jake Szymanski

Director | Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Jake Szymanski is a director and assistant director, known for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013) and Step Brothers (2008).

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

14. Thea Sharrock

Director | Me Before You

Thea Sharrock is a director and writer, known for Me Before You (2016), The Hollow Crown (2012) and The Selection.

Me Before You

15. Chris Kelly

Writer | Real Time with Bill Maher

Chris Kelly is a writer and producer, known for Real Time with Bill Maher (2003), Politically Incorrect (1993) and Twins (2005).

Other People

16. David F. Sandberg

Director | Lights Out

David F. Sandberg was born on January 21, 1981 in Sweden. He is a director and writer, known for Lights Out (2016), Shazam! (2019) and Annabelle: Creation (2017). He is married to Lotta Losten.

Lights Out

17. Sian Heder

Writer | Orange Is the New Black

Sian Heder was born on June 23, 1977 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), Mother (2006) and Tallulah (2016).



19. Michael Thelin

Director | Emelie

Michael Thelin is a Clio and Emmy award winning commercial & feature film director. His work has been shown theatrically, on broadcast and cable television networks as well as at top tier film festivals such as SXSW and TriBeCa. He has directed projects for brands ranging from Amex, Coca Cola, ...



21. Andrew Nackman

Director | Fourth Man Out

Andrew Nackman is known for his work on 4th Man Out (2015), Paulie (2012) and The B-Boys (2009).

4th Man Out

22. Scot Armstrong

Writer | Road Trip

As a screenwriter, Scot is credited on 'Old School," "Road Trip," "School For Scoundrels," "Starsky & Hutch," "Heartbreak Kid," "Semi Pro," "Search Party" and "Hangover Part II." He did un-credited work on "Elf" and "Bad Santa." Scot has created, written and directed the comedy series "Dice" for ...

Search Party

23. Fernando Lebrija

Producer | Amar a morir

Fernando Lebrija, born in Guadalajara Mexico. He completed a Masters in Fine arts in Film at the American Film Institute. Also a year of postgraduate studies in Screenwriting at UCLA in Los Angeles. Before starting making feature films, Fernando had a successful career as a Television ...


24. Joshua Caldwell

Producer | Negative

Joshua Caldwell is an accomplished director, writer and producer and MTV Movie Award winner born and raised in Seattle, Washington.

His debut feature film Layover, a French language film about a young woman stuck in Los Angeles overnight, had its World Premiere to sold out crowds at the 2014 Seattle...

Be Somebody

25. Bob Castrone

Writer | Flock of Dudes

Bob Castrone is a writer/director from Pearl River, New York.

Flock Of Dudes, Bob's feature directorial debut, was optioned by Lionsgate in 2010. Shot independently in 2013, the movie was selected to premiere at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. Flock Of Dudes was released in theaters and On ...

Flock of Dudes

26. Harvey Lowry

Make_up_department | Watchmen

Harvey Lowry was born on January 21, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Watchmen (2009), Christmas in the Heartland (2017) and The Passion of the Christ (2004).

Monday at 11:01AM

27. Clay Kaytis

Director | The Christmas Chronicles

Clay Kaytis made his film directing debut for Rovio Animation and Sony Pictures with The Angry Birds Movie (2016). Based on the number-one app of all time, the film grossed $352M worldwide and was Sony's #1 film of 2016. He followed this with The Christmas Chronicles (2018), which was Kaytis' first...

Angry Birds

28. Travis Knight

Animation_department | Kubo and the Two Strings

Travis Knight was born on September 13, 1973 in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA as Travis Andrew Knight. He is known for his work on Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014).

Kubo & the Two Strings


30. Shintaro Shimosawa

Director | Misconduct

Shintaro Shimosawa was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Misconduct (2016), The Grudge (2004) and The Following (2013).


31. William Monahan

Writer | The Departed

William Monahan was born on November 3, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Departed (2006), London Boulevard (2010) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005).


13 Cameras

33. Cynthia Mort

Writer | The Brave One

Cynthia Mort was born on June 18, 1956 as Cynthia Ann Mort. She is a producer and writer, known for The Brave One (2007), Will & Grace (1998) and Here I Am.


34. Jonathan Jakubowicz

Director | Hands of Stone

Jonathan Jakubowicz is Venezuela's most celebrated filmmaker and writer, whose film Secuestro Express was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the British Independent Film Awards and was a New York Times "Critics' Pick" in 2005. He is Jewish of Polish descent.

Secuestro Express became the ...

Hands of Stone

35. Puk Grasten

Director | 37

Puk Grasten is an actress and director, known for 37 (2016), Surrogate Dad (2009) and Make Believe (2011).


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