People to Watch

by omg-poprocks | created - 7 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

1. Melina Matsoukas

Director | Insecure

Melina Matsoukas was born on January 14, 1981. She is a director and producer, known for Insecure (2016), Beyoncé: Formation (2016) and Master of None (2015).

2. Barry Jenkins

Director | If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins was born on November 19, 1979 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a director and writer, known for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Moonlight (2016) and Medicine for Melancholy (2008).

3. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

4. Boots Riley

Soundtrack | Sorry to Bother You

Boots Riley was born on April 1, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Raymond Lawrence Riley.

5. A.T. White

Producer | Starfish

A.T. White is an award-winning filmmaker and musician from the UK who spends his time split between London and L.A.

His debut feature film 'Starfish' had it's World Premiere at Fantastic Fest 2018 and is currently touring festivals around the world. It is being distributed by The Orchard.

He wrote, ...

6. Cary Joji Fukunaga

Producer | Beasts of No Nation

Cary Joji Fukunaga was born on July 10, 1977 in Oakland, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Beasts of No Nation (2015), Sin Nombre (2009) and Maniac (2018).

7. Rick Famuyiwa

Producer | Dope

Rick has a degree in Cinema-Television (Production) and Cinema-Television (Critical Studies), both from USC. He considers his time at the Sundance Lab to be the equivalent of grad school.

8. Justin Simien

Writer | Dear White People

Justin Simien is a writer and director, known for Dear White People (2014), Dear White People (2017) and Rings (2006).

9. Sam Esmail

Writer | Mr. Robot

Sam Esmail was born on September 17, 1977 in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Mr. Robot (2015), Homecoming (2018) and Comet (2014). He has been married to Emmy Rossum since May 28, 2017.

10. Sandi Tan

Director | Shirkers

Sandi Tan published a cult zine called The Exploding Cat at 16 and at 22 became the film critic at The Straits Times, Singapore's largest newspaper (1995-1997). Then she threw all that away to run off to film school at Columbia University. Her short films Moveable Feast and Gourmet Baby have played...

11. Jordan Peele

Writer | Get Out

Jordan Haworth Peele attended Sarah Lawrence College as a member of the class of 2001. His mother is white and his father is black. Jordan is married to comedian Chelsea Peretti, with whom he has a son.

He is known for co-writing and starring in the comedy Keanu (2016), opposite his close friend ...

12. Rashid Johnson

Director | Native Son

Rashid Johnson is known for his work on Native Son (2019), A Hand Full of Dirt (2010) and Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World (2017).

14. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Queen Sugar

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

15. Issa Rae

Producer | Insecure

Issa Rae was born on January 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Insecure (2016), The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011) and Little (2019).

16. Taika Waititi

Writer | What We Do in the Shadows

Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast of New Zealand, and is the son of Robin (Cohen), a teacher, and Taika Waiti, an artist and farmer. His father is Maori (Te-Whanau-a-Apanui), and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish, Irish, Scottish, and ...

17. Ryan Coogler

Director | Black Panther

Ryan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 in Oakland, California, USA as Ryan Kyle Coogler. He is a director and writer, known for Black Panther (2018), Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013). He has been married to Zinzi Evans since 2016.

18. Diablo Cody

Writer | Juno

Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts.

She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged ...

19. Akilah Hughes

Self | Pod Save America

Akilah Hughes is a writer, comedian, and YouTuber based in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in Edgewood, Kentucky and was raised in the Northern Kentucky area. She attended Berea College in Berea, KY where she graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Broadcasting. Akilah moved to New York in 2012 to pursue ...

20. Lulu Wang

Director | The Farewell

Lulu Wang is a director and writer, known for The Farewell (2019), Touch (2015) and Posthumous (2014).



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