Barry Eisler

Credits: Rain Fall BIRTHDATE| 11/30/1963

Benjamin Ross

The first effort of this rising British filmmaker, "The Young Poisoner's Handbook" (1996) was made in 1994, shown at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and created a buzz in Great Britain. Benjamin Ross showed promise as a cutting edge writer and director willing to challenge the limits. The feature was drawn from the real-life story of a 14-year old science enthusiast who poisons his entire family...

Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson
When he was ten years old, Brad Anderson received a Super 8 camera and a career was born. Born and raised in Connecticut, this independent filmmaker began his formal training at Bowdoin College followed by a year at London's International Film School. Anderson left the latter after completing the first of a two-year program, deciding his tuition would be better served funding a film. He settled in...

Courtney Hunt

Courtney Hunt
The rigors of law school convinced Courtney Hunt that a legal career was not for her, so she returned to her first love, the cinema, and became a fiercely independent writer and director. Her debut feature, "Frozen River" (2008), took an unflinching look at the circumstances that drive two women - one white (Melissa Leo), one Native American (Misty Upham) - to risk their lives by smuggling illegal...

Emmanuel Lubezki

Emmanuel Lubezki
Arguably one of the world's best directors of photography and the best Mexican cinematographer of his generation, award-winning Emmanuel Lubezki shot to prominence with the success of "Like Water for Chocolate" (1991), directed by Alfonso Arau and has gone on to a career that has encompassed independent films as well as mainstream Hollywood fare. <p>Lubezki developed an early interest in...

Gavin O'Connor

Gavin O'Connor
A sensitive soul lurking inside a six-foot-two-inch he-man, Gavin O'Connor wrote and produced fellow Long Islander Ted Demme's directorial debut, the short film "The Bet" (1992). The following year, he portrayed Drill Man in Demme's feature directing debut, "Who's the Man?". After writing and helming the short "American Standoff" (1994), which aired on PBS, the Independent Film Channel and...

Gavin Polone

<p>Part producer and part provocateur, Gavin Polone was one of the biggest power players in Hollywood, leaving a trail of Emmy nominations, burned bridges and scorched earth to prove it. He began producing films in the late 1990s before transitioning to television in the 2000s, where he served as an executive producer on the family comedy-drama "Gilmore Girls" (WB 2000-06 / CW 2006-07) and...

Geoffrey Rivas

For some actors, being consistently cast as a police officer, detective or security guard would start to feel troublesome and limiting. But for veteran character actor Geoffrey Rivas, who played dozens of such authoritative figures in everything from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ) to "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011- ), his naturally gruff demeanor and imposing physique made him...