James Ponsoldt

James Ponsoldt was an American screenwriter, producer, and director whose breakthrough film "The Spectacular Now" became an unexpected critical darling. Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Ponsoldt always knew he wanted ... Read more »
Born: 05/31/1975 in Athens, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Director (7)

The Circle 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

The End of the Tour 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Shameless 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Parenthood 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Spectacular Now 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Smashed 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Off the Black 2006 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

The Circle 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Amira & Sam 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Porn 'N Chicken (TV Show)

Associate Producer
Writer (2)

The Circle 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Smashed 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

James Ponsoldt was an American screenwriter, producer, and director whose breakthrough film "The Spectacular Now" became an unexpected critical darling. Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Ponsoldt always knew he wanted to make movies. So after earning his Bachelor's degree from Yale University, he packed his bags and moved to New York City to attend the prestigious film program at Columbia. Ponsoldt made two well-received student short films while attending the school, "Coming Down the Mountain" (2003) and "Rush Tickets" (2003), both of which left him well-positioned to direct his first feature. That opportunity came in 2006 when "Off the Black," a drama about an aging alcoholic who forms an unlikely bond with a high school athlete, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Ponsoldt followed that film up with "We Saw Such Things" (2008), a documentary about a popular tourist attraction in Florida, and 2012's "Smashed," a drama about a young married couple and their mutual struggle with alcohol addiction. Then in 2013 Ponsoldt directed a film adaptation of the popular young adult novel <i>The Spectacular Now</i>. The movie, which starred Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, received overwhelmingly positive reviews after its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win the Festival's Special Jury Award for Acting. Ponsoldt's next film, 2015's "The End of the Tour," was a biographical drama about the late novelist, David Foster Wallace that starred Anna Chlumsky, Jesse Eisenberg, and Jason Segel as Wallace.

EDUCATION

Yale University

UCLA

Columbia University

Milestones

2015

Directed "The End of the Tour."

2013

Directed "The Spectacular Now."

Bonus Trivia

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Ponsoldt wrote and directed two well-received short films, "Coming Down the Mount" and "Rush Tickets," while attending Columbia.

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Ponsoldt's 2015 biographical drama about the late novelist David Foster Wallace, "The End of The Tour," was publicly disowned by the author's literary estate.

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