PD directors

by rainmark | created - 10 Sep 2012 | updated - 08 Oct 2012 | Public

1. Robert Rodriguez

Producer | El mariachi

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent.

Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York (1981), none ...

2. Michael Lehmann

Director | Heathers

Michael Lehmann was born on March 30, 1957 in San Francisco, California, USA as Michael Stephen Lehmann. He is a director and producer, known for Heathers (1988), Hudson Hawk (1991) and American Horror Story (2011). He is married to Holland Sutton.

3. Drew Goddard

Producer | The Martian

Drew Goddard was raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He attended Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, New Mexico and graduated in 1993. He then attended the University of Colorado, and worked as a production assistant in L.A. after graduation. A spec script Drew wrote based on Six Feet Under (2001) ...

4. Craig Gillespie

Director | I, Tonya

Craig Gillespie is an Australian film director, best known for his films Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and I, Tonya (2017).

Born and raised in Sydney, Gillespie moved to New York City at the age of nineteen to study illustration, graphic design and advertising at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts.

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5. Troy Nixey

Director | Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Born in Lethbridge Alberta, Canada, he spent most of his childhood there until he moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He started out as a comic book artist and made the transition to film with his short film Latchkey Lament in 2007. A CGI and live action film, it was self financed and took him nearly...

6. Peyton Reed

Director | Ant-Man

Peyton Reed was born on July 3, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Ant-Man (2015), Bring It On (2000) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). He has been married to Sheila Reed since 2013. He was previously married to Beth LaMure.

7. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...

8. Vincenzo Natali

Director | Cube

Vincenzo Natali was born on January 6, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on Cube (1997), Cypher (2002) and Splice (2009).

9. Nicholaus Goossen

Director | Grandma's Boy

Nicholaus Goossen is a director and producer, known for Grandma's Boy (2006), The Story of Our Times (2018) and Typical Rick (2016).

10. Joe Dante

Director | Innerspace

Joe Dante is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (1976) (co-directed with Allan Arkush)...

11. Jon Poll

Editor | The Greatest Showman

Jon Poll is an editor and producer, known for The Greatest Showman (2017), Meet the Parents (2000) and Charlie Bartlett (2007).

12. David Schwimmer

Actor | Friends

Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Schwimmer was encouraged by a high school instructor to attend a summer program in acting at Northwestern University. Inspired by that experience, he returned to Northwestern where he received a bachelor's degree in speech/theater. In 1988, along with ...

13. Stephen Surjik

Director | The Umbrella Academy

Stephen Surjik is a director and producer, known for The Umbrella Academy (2019), The Punisher (2017) and Lost in Space (2018).

14. John Gulager

Director | Feast

John Gulager was born on December 19, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA as John Thompson Gulager. He is an actor and cinematographer, known for Feast (2005), He Was a Quiet Man (2007) and Piranha 3DD (2012). He has been married to Diane Ayala Goldner since 1986.

17. Scott Glosserman

Producer | Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Scott Glosserman was born on November 21, 1976 in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006), B4TM and The Truth Below (2011).

18. Paul Andrew Williams

Director | London to Brighton

Paul Andrew Williams was born in 1973 in Portsmouth, England. He is a director and writer, known for London to Brighton (2006), Unfinished Song (2012) and The Cottage (2008).

20. Jeff Lieberman

Writer | Satan's Little Helper

Writer-director Jeff Lieberman has crafted a handful of highly quirky, creative, and distinctive horror movies that are much enjoyed and appreciated by fans of offbeat and imaginative fright-film fare. His pictures are distinguished by their novel oddball plots and an amusingly eccentric sense of ...

21. Adam Green

Director | Ending

Adam Green is an actor and director, known for Ending, Camp Zombie (2011) and Unseen (2008).

22. Josh Appignanesi

Director | Female Human Animal

Josh Appignanesi grew up in London and studied anthropology at King's College, Cambridge. Josh's second feature The Infidel is an indie comedy written by David Baddiel about a Muslim everyman who finds out he was born a Jew. The film stars BBC1 comedian Omid Djalili (The Mummy) and Emmy-winner ...

23. James Wong

Producer | The X Files

James Wong is a producer and writer, known for The X-Files (1993), The One (2001) and Space: Above and Beyond (1995). He is married to Teena Wong. They have three children.

24. 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 Venom (2018). He has been married to Holly Shakoor Fleischer since November 10, 2012.

25. Alexandre Aja

Director | Haute tension

Alexandre Aja was born on August 7, 1978 in Paris, France as Alexandre Jouan Arcady. He is a producer and director, known for High Tension (2003), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Piranha 3D (2010). He is married to Laïla Marrakchi.

26. Diablo Cody

Writer | Young Adult

Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts.

She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged ...

27. Karyn Kusama

Director | The Invitation

Karyn Kusama was born on March 21, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Karyn K. Kusama. She is a director and writer, known for The Invitation (2015), Girlfight (2000) and Æon Flux (2005).

28. Eli Craig

Director | Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Eli Craig was born on May 25, 1972 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Elijah M. Craig. He is a director and actor, known for Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010), Little Evil (2017) and The Tao of Pong (2004). He has been married to Sasha Craig since September 5, 2004. They have one child.

29. Samuel Bayer

Producer | Pony

Having photographed and directed hundreds of music videos and commercials over the last 15 years, Samuel Bayer has firmly established himself as one of the industry's most prolific and sought-after talents.

A 1987 graduate of New York City's School of Visual Arts, Bayer was a painter who saw film ...

30. Darren Lynn Bousman

Director | Saw II

Darren Lynn Bousman was born on January 11, 1979 in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Saw II (2005), Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) and Tales of Halloween (2015). He has been married to Laura Bousman since January 2, 2009.

31. John Dahl

Director | The Last Seduction

John Dahl was born in 1956 in Billings, Montana, USA. He is known for his work on The Last Seduction (1994), Kill Me Again (1989) and Rounders (1998). He is married to Beth Jana Friedberg. They have four children.

32. Christian E. Christiansen

Director | The Roommate

Born In Kalundborg, Denmark 1972. A graduate of the National Film School of Denmark (2001), he worked in lower positions on a number of Danish films before producing his first hit movie, Nynne (2005), a comedy directed by Jonas Elmer. He then produced and directed the social realist drama Raazone (...

33. Joe Dante

Director | Innerspace

Joe Dante is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (1976) (co-directed with Allan Arkush)...

34. Andrew Douglas

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 ...



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