My Top Favorite New Directors of 2015

by tomlev-28878 | created - 22 Jan 2016 | updated - 22 Jan 2016 | Public

1. Alex Garland

Writer | Ex Machina

Alex Garland is an English novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best known for the films Ex Machina (2015) and Annihilation (2018).

Garland's others works as a writer includes The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Never Let Me Go (2011) and Dredd (2012).

He is ...

Ex Machina

2. Doug Ellin

Writer | Entourage

Doug Ellin was born on April 6, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Douglas Reed Ellin. He is a writer and producer, known for Entourage (2004), Entourage (2015) and Wish. He has been married to Andy Adler since September 18, 2017. He was previously married to Melissa Hecht.

Entourage

3. Ari Sandel

Director | West Bank Story

Ari Devon Sandel was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Calabasas and Tarzana, California. He went to Taft High School for a year and then graduated from Calabasas High. He studied Media Arts at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he also received a special certificate in Middle Eastern ...

The Duff

4. Joel Edgerton

Actor | The Gift

Joel Edgerton was born on June 23, 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia, to Marianne (van Dort) and Michael Edgerton, who is a solicitor and property developer. His brother is filmmaker Nash Edgerton. His mother is a Dutch immigrant. Joel went to Hills Grammar School in the Western Suburbs...

The Gift

5. Amy S. Weber

Producer | A Girl Like Her

Amy S. Weber is a producer and director, known for A Girl Like Her (2015), Annabelle & Bear (2010) and Kat and Birdie.

A Girl Like Her

6. Chris Dowling

Producer | Run the Race

Chris Dowling is a producer and actor, known for Run the Race (2018), Priceless (2016) and Where Hope Grows (2014).

Where Hope Grows

7. Jonathan Goldstein

Writer | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Jonathan Goldstein was born in 1969 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Horrible Bosses (2011) and Game Night (2018). He has been married to Adena Halpern since August 26, 2007.

and John Francis Daley

Vacation

8. Dean Israelite

Director | Acholiland

Dean Israelite was born on September 20, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for Acholiland (2009), Project Almanac (2015) and Power Rangers (2017).

Project Almanac

9. Courteney Cox

Actress | Friends

Courteney Cox was born on June 15th, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, into an affluent Southern family. She is the daughter of Courteney (Bass) and Richard Lewis Cox (1930-2001), a businessman. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters (Virginia and Dottie) and an older brother, Richard, Jr...

Just Before I Go

10. Dan Fogelman

Writer | This Is Us

Dan Fogelman is a writer and producer, known for This Is Us (2016), Life Itself (2018) and Tangled (2010). He has been married to Caitlin Thompson since June 13, 2015.

Danny Collins

11. Levan Gabriadze

Director | Unfriended

Levan Gabriadze was born on November 16, 1969 in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR as Levan Revazovitch Gabriadze. He is a director and actor, known for Unfriended (2014), Rezo (2018) and Kin-dza-dza! (1986).

Unfriended

12. Simeon Rice

Producer | Unsullied

Simeon Rice was born on February 24, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Simeon James Rice. He is a producer and actor, known for Unsullied (2014), When I Was King (2011) and The Gold Rush Boogie.

Unsuilled

13. Rhys Thomas

Writer | 2017: a Year in the Life of a Year with Rhys Thomas OBE

Rhys Thomas is an Emmy award, Rose D'or winning, BAFTA nominated English actor, comedian, writer, producer and director best known for starring in a wealth of hit British comedy shows like 'The Fast Show,' 'Star Stories,' 'Sirens', 'Down The Line', 'Nathan Barley' and the critically acclaimed BBC ...

Staten Island Summer

14. Frank Whaley

Actor | Pulp Fiction

Frank Whaley is a critically acclaimed actor/writer/director. He is best known for the films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Swimming with Sharks (1994), and has worked with Oliver Stone multiple times. His feature directorial debut, Joe the King (1999), earned him the Waldo Salt Screenwriting prize at the...

Like Sunday, Like Rain

15. James Vanderbilt

Producer | Zodiac

James Vanderbilt was born in 1975 in the USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Zodiac (2007), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) and Basic (2003).

Truth

16. Gary Rydstrom

Sound_department | Minority Report

Gary Rydstrom, Director of Creative Operations/Sound Designer and Mixer, joined Skywalker Sound in 1983 as an operator in the machine room. Since then, he has contributed his talents to many projects as a sound designer, re-recording mixer, effects mixer and foley mixer. In 1998, Rydstrom was ...

Strange Magic

17. Jeremy Garelick

Producer | The Wedding Ringer

Jeremy graduated from Yale with degrees in Film and Theater. He began his career working as an assistant in Creative Artists Agency's Motion Picture Literary department before joining director Joel Schumacher as his assistant on the sets of the critically acclaimed Tigerland, Jerry's Bruckheimer's ...

The Wedding Ringer

18. Patrick Brice

Director | Creep

Patrick Brice was born on April 23rd, 1983 in Grass Valley, California as Donat Patrick Kack-Brice. He is an actor, writer, and director known for Maurice (2011), Creep (2014) and The Overnight (2015). He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). ...

The Overnight

19. Etan Cohen

Writer | Holmes & Watson

Etan Cohen was born on March 14, 1974 in Israel. He is a writer and producer, known for Holmes & Watson (2018), Idiocracy (2006) and Men in Black 3 (2012). He has been married to Emily Bowen-Cohen since June 14, 1998. They have three children.

Get Hard

20. Rupert Goold

Director | True Story

Rupert Goold was born in 1972 in Highgate, London, England. He is a director and writer, known for True Story (2015), The Hollow Crown (2012) and King Charles III (2017). He has been married to Kate Fleetwood since 2001. They have two children.

True Story

21. Jordan Rubin

Writer | Zombeavers

Jordan Rubin is a director. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in New York City, then moved to Los Angeles to work as a writer before going on to direct film and television. The first film he directed was Zombeavers, which he co-wrote. He has his own half hour Comedy Central special and ...

Zombeavers

22. Michael James Johnson

Director | All the Wilderness

Michael James Johnson is a director and writer, known for All the Wilderness (2014), Save the Skeet (2009) and Apple: Flying Cholitas (2019).

All The Wilderness

23. Brett Haley

Director | Hearts Beat Loud

Brett Haley is a director and writer, known for Hearts Beat Loud (2018), The Hero (2017) and I'll See You in My Dreams (2015).

I'll See You In My Dreams

24. Russell Crowe

Actor | Les Misérables

Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham),...

The Water Diviner

25. Leigh Whannell

Actor | Saw

Leigh Whannell grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where, at the age of four, he developed an obsession with telling stories. Whether it be through acting, writing or filmmaking, his primary love was getting a reaction from an audience. In 1995, at the age of 18, he was accepted into the Royal ...

Insidious Chapter 3

26. Caryn Waechter

Director | The Sisterhood of Night

Originally from California and raised in Europe, Caryn Waechter is a director and photographer based in New York City and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA film program where she concentrated in Directing. Once a classically trained dancer, Caryn compares her film work to ...

Sisterhood of Night

27. Aleksander Bach

Director | Hitman: Agent 47

Aleksander Bach was born as a son of a Polish photographer in Lublin, Poland. He emigrated with his parents to Germany in the early 80's. He attended to the Düsseldorf Institute for Music and Media where he graduated in Audio and Video Engineering, Dipl. Ing. (FH) in 2006. In parallel he studied ...

Hitman: Agent 47

28. Jamal Hill

Iron Man

Born in New York, but raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jamal Hill was fascinated with all of the arts particularly music and movies. As a result he studied screen writing and directing. After years of studying and honing his craft Hill and his mother ambitiously produced a $10,000 independent ...

Brotherly Love

29. Peter Sohn

Actor | The Good Dinosaur

Peter Sohn was born on October 18, 1977 in New York, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Good Dinosaur (2015), Monsters University (2013) and Ratatouille (2007). He is married to Anna Chambers.

The Good Dinosaur

30. Collin Schiffli

Director | Animals

Collin Schiffli was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. From an early age, he developed a passion for drawing, painting, music, and storytelling. Throughout high school, Collin won multiple awards in fine arts. He won "Best Feature Film" twice in a local film festival and finished sixth in the ...

Animals

and Jonathan Milott

Cooties

The D Train

33. Lou Howe

Director | Gabriel

Brother of Ben Howe.

Gabriel

34. Andrea Di Stefano

Actor | Life of Pi

Andrea Di Stefano was born on December 15, 1972 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Life of Pi (2012), Eat Pray Love (2010) and Nine (2009).

Escobar: Paradise Lost

35. Carey Scott

Actor | Bruce Almighty

Carey Scott was born on June 21, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Bruce Almighty (2003), God's Not Dead 2 (2016) and Mad Men (2007). He has been married to Kerry Lynne McHugh since August 28, 2015. He was previously married to Autumn Paul.

Faith of our Fathers

36. Christopher Ashley

Director | Lucky Stiff

Christopher Ashley is a director and producer, known for Lucky Stiff (2014), Come from Away and Jeffrey (1995).

37. Tyler Shields

Director | The Wild Ones

Tyler Shields is an American Director, Writer and Photographer. Shields was born in 1982 in Jacksonville, Florida. He began his photography career there in 2003 and published his first book just two years later. Tyler Shields has had over twenty solo exhibitions worldwide including Imitate Modern, ...

Final Girl

38. Jay Karas

Director | Superstore

Jay Karas is a director and producer, known for Superstore (2015), Parks and Recreation (2009) and Splitting Up Together (2018).

Break Point

39. Angelo Pizzo

Writer | Hoosiers

After achieving fame by writing and producing the massively popular sports films Hoosiers (1986) and Rudy (1993), Angelo Pizzo fielded numerous requests to pen more inspirational sports stories. At first he feared becoming pigeonholed as the go-to sports-movie guy. But eventually he accepted this ...

My All American

40. Marya Cohn

Director | The Girl in the Book

Marya Cohn was born as Marya Ruth Cohn. She is a director and actress, known for The Girl in the Book (2015), Developing (1994) and Vermont Is for Lovers (1992). She has been married to Tjebbo Penning since August 5, 2001. They have two children. She was previously married to Fraser Bresnahan.

The Girl in the Book

41. Paul Bettany

Actor | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Paul Bettany is an English actor. He first came to the attention of mainstream audiences when he appeared in the British film Gangster No. 1 (2000), and director Brian Helgeland's film A Knight's Tale (2001). He has gone on to appear in a wide variety of films, including A Beautiful Mind (2001), ...

Shelter



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