Greg Mottola

Director, Screenwriter
A protege of Steven Soderbergh and Nancy Tenenbaum, Greg Mottola made his directorial debut with "The Daytrippers" at the Slamdance Film Festival in 1996, which then went on to win mild critical applause and earn him a ... Read more »
Born: 07/11/1964 in Dix Hills, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (8)

The Newsroom 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Paul 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Adventureland 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Superbad 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Daytrippers 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Swingin' in the Painter's Room 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Swing Shift 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Clear History (TV Show)

Director
Actor (4)

Hollywood Ending 2002 (Movie)

Assistant Director (Actor)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Independent's Day 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Vermont Is For Lovers 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (3)

Adventureland 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Daytrippers 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Swingin' in the Painter's Room 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (1)

Swingin' in the Painter's Room 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

A protege of Steven Soderbergh and Nancy Tenenbaum, Greg Mottola made his directorial debut with "The Daytrippers" at the Slamdance Film Festival in 1996, which then went on to win mild critical applause and earn him a place in the latest new wave of independent filmmakers. Raised on Long Island, New York, Mottola studied art at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he also made some student films and worked for one week as a production assistant on "Day of the Dead" (1985), a George Romero horror flick. He attended Columbia University for graduate school in film. While there, he made a short film entitled "Swingin' in the Painters's Room" (1989), which focused on New Yorkers, narcissism, infidelity and a portrait of Frank Sinatra all in 11 minutes and in one continuous shot as an homage to Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil". An agent sent the film to Steven "sex, lies and videotape" Soderbergh, who met with Mottola. Soderbergh liked a script Mottola had written called "Lush Life," and recommended him to the Sundance Film Festival lab. Mottola studied there in 1992, but "Lush Life" was considered too expensive to be made indie. Instead, Nancy Tenenbaum, who had produced "sex, lies and videotape" and whom Soderbergh had connected to Mottola, suggested the young filmmaker writer something which could be done on a smaller scale. Over a several year period, Mottola wrote drafts of "The Daytrippers," which focuses on a young wife in Long Island who believes her husband is cheating on her. Enlisting her family for support, they pile into a car and head for Manhattan to get the goods on the husband. Ultimately rejected by Sundance, "The Daytrippers" was produced for $60,000 on 16 millimeter, and a camera was even stolen during production. Starring Anne Meara, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, and Stanley Tucci -- indie favorites all -- it premiered at the Slamdance Festival in 1996, where it won the Grand Jury Prize, and was distributed by Columbia/TriStar that year. (Mottola claims to have rejected an offer by a Hollywood producer to do the film through the studio system in favor of going indie.) The film was not as embraced at the box office and by critics as other indies of the year such as "Swingers," and "Welcome to the Dollhouse," but it beat out the latter for the Grand Prix award at the Deauville Film Festival, and certainly was enough to launch Mottola's career. Mottola also appeared in a small role in the 1992 independent feature "Vermont Is Forever".

Relationships

Marge Mottola

Mother

Sarah Allentuch Assistant

Wife

John Mottola

Father

Max Mottola

Son

Tom Mottola

Brother
Older

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York 1991

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Began making films as a student

Half Hollow Hills High School East

Dix Hills , New York

Milestones

2011

Directed "Paul," a sci-fi comedy starring an Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; Pegg and Frost also co-wrote the film

2009

Directed the coming of age comedy-drama, "Adventureland"; also wrote screenplay; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay

2007

Helmed the comedy "Superbad"; re-teamed with producer Judd Apatow and actor Seth Rogen from "Undeclared"

2005

Directed Lisa Kudrow in several episodes of "The Comeback" (HBO)

2003

Helmed episodes of the FOX series, "Arrested Development"

2001

Directed episodes of the FOX series, "Undeclared"; created by Judd Apatow

1996

Made his directorial debut with "The Daytrippers"; produced by Nancy Tenenbaum and Steven Soderbergh

1992

Penned the feature-length screenplay, "Lush Life," but it was considered too expensive to be made indie

1992

Appeared in a small role in the independent feature "Vermont Is Forever"

1989

Made the short, "Swingin' in the Painter's Room"; sent film to Steven Soderbergh and Nancy Tenenbaum; later aired on PBS' "American Playhouse"

1985

Worked as a production assistant on "Day of the Dead"

First film made with the arts organization Pittsburgh Filmmakers, "Man Being Chased in the Woods by a Psycho Thriller"

Raised in New York

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