Movie Director

Adam McKay

Adam McKay is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, comedian and actor born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 17, 1968. He was the head writer on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live for two years and wrote for the show from 1995 to 2001. McKay initially auditioned for a role as a performer on Saturday Night Live in 1995, but didn’t get the job, the show did like his the sketch he submitted and brought him on as a writer. McKay also co-wrote a number of hit films with the actor Will Ferrell, including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Together they have a production company named Gary Sanchez Productions. They have also co-written a number of other films and television series and created the website Funny or Die. He has also been part of the films and television shows like The Boss, Vice, Ibiza, Eastbound & Down, Drunk History, Bad Judge, Succession, The Campaign, The Yes Men Are Revolting, Welcome to Me, Get Hard and many more. Throughout his career he has been nominated for a number of awards and has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Film Award, an Empire Award among others.

Erika Lust

Erika Lust was born as Erika Hallqvist in 1977. She has been working as the writer and the director of the xConfessions projects. The first installment for the project was released in 2013. Volume 12 was released on 2018.

Her earliest work as an erotic director was for the video short The Good Girl and Five Hot Stories for Her. She went on to write and direct Handcuffs, Life Love Lust, and Cabaret Desire. In 2018, she also produced the shorts Intruders, Scotch Egg, and Valentin, Pierre & Catalina.

Aside from her career in adult films, she also released a series of books. Some of her works include Love me Like You Hate Me: Lessons in Pleasure and Pain and Good Porn: A Woman’s Guide. Both books were published in 2010.

Marc Forster

Marc Forster is a Swiss filmmaker born in Illertissen, Neu-Ulm, Bavaria, West Germany. He is best known for directing the films Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, World War Z, Stranger than Fiction, and Christopher Robin. He moved to New York at 20 years old in 1990 and attended New York University’s film school. In 1995 he moved to Hollywood and filmed his first movie titled Loungers. He shot his first feature-length film in 2000 titled Everything Put Together. He has since made the films Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Stay, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum Solace, Machine Gun Preacher, World War Z, Hand of God, All I See Is You, and Christopher Robin. Foster has been nominated for a number of awards and had won a Camerimage Award, a Christopher Award, Film Independent Spirit Award, a Hollywood Film Award, a Slamdance Film Festival Award, and a Venice Film Award.

Steven Caple Jr.

Steven Caple Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 16, 1988. The film The Land won the deadCenter Film Festival Special Juri Prize in 2016. It bagged the Outstanding First Screenplay from the Black Reel Awards in 2017.  It also received a nomination for Best of Next! from the Audience Award in the Sundance Film Festival.

He is the writer and director of the short Process of Elimination.  He serves as the director for the TV series First Class, Grown-ish and the documentary Rapture. He also directed Creed II. He wrote the shorts The Land of Misfits (2014) and Prentice-N-Fury’s Ice Cream Adventure (2012).  He is the producer of Drunk and Hot Girls (2013) and he serves as the associate producer for Hustle vs. Heartache.

John Woo

John Woo is a Chinese-born Hong Kong filmmaker, writer, and actor born in Guangzhou, China on May 1, 1946. Woo is best known for being a major influence on the action genre and is known for his chaotic action scenes. He is considered to be one of the major figures of Hong Kong cinema. He started his career in 1969 as a script supervisor at Cathay Studios. In 1971 he became an assistant director at Shaw Studios. He made his directorial debut in 1968 on the film Dead Knot. He has since been a writer and director for the films Hand of Death Money Crazy, Last Hurrah for Chivalry, To Hell with the Devil, Laughing Times, The Time You Need a Friend, Run, Heroes Shed No Tears, A Better Tomorrow, Bullet in the Head, Once a Their, Hard Boiled, Red Cliff: Part I, and many more. He has been a producer for the films Peace Hotel, The Big Hit, Red Skies, Blood Brothers, The Killer, Second Sight, Somebody Up There Likes Me and others. In 1993 he moved to the United States to work on Hollywood movies and in 2008 returned to Asian cinema. Throughout his career he has been nominated for a number of awards and has won a Saturn Award and two Hong Kong Film Awards.

Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi is an American filmmaker, actor, and producer born in Royal Oak, Michigan on October 23, 1959. He is best known for creating the horror series Evil Dead and for directing the Spider-Man trilogy, the film Oz the Great and Powerful, and the film Darkman. He became interested in making movies at a young age and would make Super 8 movies with his friend Bruce Campbell. While in college he helped make the film Within the Woods, and his feature film It’s Murder!. Raimi started the production company Renaissance Pictures in 1979. In 1981 he produced the film The Evil Dead with help from investors, family, and friends. The film successfully launched his career. Rami has since been part of the films Crimewave, Evil Dead II, Darkman, Army of Darkness, The Quick and the Dead, A Simple Plan, For Love of Game, The Gift, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Drag Me to Hell, Oz the Great and Powerful and more. He has also produced the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, American Gothic, 13: Fear Is Real, young Hercules, Jack of All Trades, Legend of the Seeker, Spartacus: Blood and Sand and others. Raimi has had several acting roles in the films and television shows he has produced and directed. Throughout his career he has been nominated for a number of awards and has won three Sitges Awards, a Saturn Award, an Empire Award and more.

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich is a German film director, screenwriter, and producer born in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, West Germany on November 10, 1955. He is best known for his disaster films. His films have made over $3 billion worldwide and $1 billion in the United States, making him one of the highest-grossing directors of all time. Emmerich attended the University of Television and Film Munich to become a production designer, but ended up enrolling in the school’s film director program. For his final thesis he wrote and directed the full-length film The Noah’s Ark Principle. He co-founded the film production company Centropolis Film Productions with his sister in 1985. That same year he made his professional directorial debut with the film Joey. He has since been a writer, producer, and/or director on the films Hollywood-Monster, Moon 44, Eye of the Storm, Universal Soldier, Godzilla, The Thirteenth Floor, The Patriot, Trade, 2012, 10,000 BC, The Day After Tomorrow, Anonymous, White House Down, Stonewall, Midway, Independence Day: Resurgence, Hell, Trade, Eight Legged Freaks and others. He has also been part of the television shows Alto Sax, The Visitor, Godzilla: The Series, and Dark Horse. Throughout his career he has been nominated for a number of awards and has won a Saturn Award, a People’s Choice Award, a Kids’ Choice Award, and more.

Andrei Konchalovsky

Andrei Konchalovsky is a Russian film director, producer and screenwriter, born in Moscow, Russia on August 20, 1937. He is best known for his work on the films Siberiade, Runaway Train, Tango & Cash, The Odyssey, Paradise, and The Postman’s White Nights. He was also known for frequently collaborating with the famous director and screenwriter Andrei Tarkovsky early in his career. Andrei went to school planning to be a pianist, but changed course after meeting Andrei Tarkovsky and co-wrote the movie Andrei Rublev. In 1965 his first full length feature was released titled The First Teacher and was popular in the Soviet Union and at film festivals abroad. He has also been part of the films Duet for One, Homer and Eddie, House of Fools, Paradise, Sin, The Last Station, Moscow Chill and a number of others. In 1961 he made his acting debut in The Trail of Madmen and has had roles in Ivan’s Childhood, I Am Twenty and Ryaba, My Chicken. Throughout his career he has been nominated for numerous awards and has won a Career Award, The Moscow Times Award, a Russian Film Directors Guild Award, a Person of the Year Award and many more.

Stefano Sollima

Stefano Sollima is an Italian director and screenwriter, born in Rome, Italy on May 4, 1966. He is best known for directing the films ACAB – All Cops Are Bastards, Suburra, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado and for directing the television shows Romanzo criminale – La serie and Gomorrah. He started his career operating a camera in war zones for the television networks CBS, NBC, and CNN. Sollima made his directorial debut in 1991 on the short film Thanks. He has since directed and written the short films Ipocrites, Sotto le unghie, and Zippo. He directed his first full length film in 2012 titled ACAB – All Cops Are Bastards. He has also directed the films Suburra and Sicairo: Day of the Soldado. In 1999 he became a television director and has directed episodes for the shows Un posto al sole, La squadra, Ho sposato un calciatore, Crimes, Romanzo criminale – La serie, Mal’aria, Gomorrah, and ZeroZeroZero. Throughout his career he has been nominated for a number of awards and has won three Moscow International Film Festival Awards and a Flaiano International Prizes Award.