Jonathan Dayton

Producer, Music video director, Film director
The husband and wife directing team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris worked so well together for so long that the two might as well have melded into one directing entity. Their first feature effort, "Little Miss ... Read more »
Born: 07/06/1957 in Alameda, California, USA

Filmography

other (10)

Beauty Is Embarrassing 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ruby Sparks 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Miss Sunshine 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Revue 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Creator

Two Rooms: Tribute to Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Coca-Cola Pop Music "Backstage Pass to Summer" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Producer

Shadrach 1990 (Movie)

live action direction (Other)

The Abstinence Teacher (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

The husband and wife directing team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris worked so well together for so long that the two might as well have melded into one directing entity. Their first feature effort, "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006), a quirky, but emotionally resonant black comedy about a dysfunctional family who go on a road trip to bring their youngest member (Abigail Breslin) to a competitive kiddie beauty pageant, gained the former award-winning commercial and music video directors widespread notoriety, and several award nominations. Prior to their feature debut, Dayton and Faris were the go-to team to direct music videos for bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins and R.E.M. On the commercial side, Dayton and Faris were used by such corporate behemoths as Mercedes, Miller Lite and Apple, Inc. But it was the surprise summer success of the low-budget "Little Miss Sunshine" that vaulted them into the Hollywood spotlight, turning the couple into a highly sought after directing team.

Relationships

Valerie Faris

Wife
met while attending UCLA producing and directing partner

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1970

Milestones

2006

Feature directing debut with the indie hit, "Little Miss Sunshine" a dramedy about a dysfunctional family's road trip to a child beauty pageant; earned a nomination from the Directors Guild of America

1998

Established production company Bob Industries, with husband Jonathan Dayton

1998

Directed episodes of the HBO show "Mr. Show with Bob & David"

1996

Won six MTV Video Music Awards for Smashing Pumpkins’ "Tonight Tonight"

1988

Produced the documentary feature "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years"

Directed commercials for GAP, Target, Apple Computer, and ESPN

Produced music videos for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and R.E.M.

Bonus Trivia

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In 2002, Creativity Magazine labeled them as one of their top ten best commercial directors.

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