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David Gordon Green

Biography

Director from the humor Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen and Adam Franco. He examined film directing on the North Carolina College from the Arts. He composed and aimed the film Undertow with Jamie Bell. He was raised with three siblings. He aimed the humor film Your Highness with Danny McBride.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth April 9, 1975
Place Of Birth Arkansas
Height 1.79 m
Profession Director
Education Richardson High School, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Nationality American
Parents Jean Ann Hunter Green, Hubert Gordon Green, Jr
Awards Silver Bear for Best Director, Silver Berlin Bear
Music Groups The Wooden Birds
Nominations Golden Lion, Grand Jury Prize, Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Silver Lion for Best Director, Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature Film, Chlotrudis Award for Best Original Screenplay
Movies Pineapple Express, Your Highness, Joe, Prince Avalanche, Our Brand Is Crisis, All the Real Girls, The Sitter, Manglehorn, Undertow, Snow Angels, Stronger, George Washington, Shotgun Stories, Great World of Sound, Goat, The Catechism Cataclysm, Hot Sugar's Cold World, Halloween, Halftime in America, Snowy Angel
TV Shows Good Vibes
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Inducted into the Texas Film of Fame on March 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas.
2Frequently works with college buddy Danny McBride.
3Three of his films are on Roger Ebert's best films of the year list. George Washington (2000) in 2000, Undertow (2004) in 2004 and Shotgun Stories (2007) in 2008 (he was only a producer on Shotgun Stories (2007)).
4Cites John Boorman's Deliverance (1972) as one of his all-time favorite movies, which he saw for the first time when he was just 10 years old. Curiously enough, Bill McKinney, who had played the squeal-like-a-pig mountain man in that movie, played Jamie Bell's genial grandfather in Green's Undertow (2004) - 32 years later.
51990 graduate of Richardson West Junior High in Richardson, Texas.
61993 graduate of Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. Jay Humphries, of the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings, was in David's high school graduating class.
7Attended North Carolina School of the Arts, graduating in 1998.


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dayveon2017executive producer post-production
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter2017executive producer post-production
City of Joel2016Documentary executive producer post-production
Flower2016/IIIexecutive producer post-production
Red Oaks2014-2016TV Series executive producer - 20 episodes
Vice Principals2016TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes
Booger Red2015executive producer
Hot Sugar's Cold World2015Documentary executive producer / producer
Manglehorn2014producer
Trouble & the Shadowy Deathblow2014Short executive producer
Land Ho!2014executive producer
Person to Person2014Short executive producer
Camp X-Ray2014executive producer
Chozen2014TV Series executive producer - 2014
Joe2013/Iproducer
Prince Avalanche2013producer
See Girl Run2012executive producer
Nature Calls2012executive producer
Eastbound & Down2009-2012TV Series consulting producer - 15 episodes
Compliance2012executive producer
The Comedy2012executive producer
Black Jack2011TV Movie executive producer
Good Vibes2011TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
The Catechism Cataclysm2011producer
Great World of Sound2007producer
Shotgun Stories2007producer
George Washington2000producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stronger2017/Ipost-production
Vice Principals2017TV Series 1 episode
Red Oaks2014-2016TV Series 4 episodes
Our Brand Is Crisis2015
Manglehorn2014
Eastbound & Down2009-2013TV Series 12 episodes
Joe2013/I
Prince Avalanche2013
Black Jack2011TV Movie
The Sitter2011
Your Highness2011
Pineapple Express2008
Snow Angels2007/I
Undertow2004
All the Real Girls2003
George Washington2000
Physical Pinball1998Short
Pleasant Grove1997Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Machinewriter delayed
Goat2016
Prince Avalanche2013written by
Good VibesTV Series creator - 12 episodes, 2011 written by - 1 episode, 2011
Snow Angels2007/Iscreenplay
Undertow2004screenplay
All the Real Girls2003story / written by
George Washington2000written by
Physical Pinball1998Short written by
Pleasant Grove1997Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Long Gravel Drive: The Origins of 'Joe'2014Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Undertow2004writer: "A Bubble Saved from Boiling" 2004

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Abattoir2008Short industry mentor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bromance2015/Ispecial thanks completed
Morris from America2016special thanks
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter2014thanks
The Rambler2013very special thanks
Mud2012special thanks
Alyce Kills2011special thanks
Homecoming2011/Ispecial thanks
Take Shelter2011special thanks
5 Time Champion2011very special thanks
Cold Weather2010thanks
Anatomy of Numbers2008Short very special thanks
Come Early Morning2006special thanks
The Dog Days of Summer2004Short special thanks
The Slaughter Rule2002personal thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hatihot2016TV SeriesHimself
Film '722016TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Janela Indiscreta2015TV SeriesHimself
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself - Director, Your Highness
Shootout2008TV SeriesHimself
Under the Undertow2005Video documentary shortHimself / Co Host
The Rough South of Larry Brown2002DocumentaryFireman in 'Boy & Dog'

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Audience AwardSXSW Film FestivalEpisodicVice Principals (2016)· Jody Hill
· Danny McBride
2015Tribute AwardLisbon & Estoril Film Festival
2013Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest DirectorPrince Avalanche (2013)
2013New Hampshire Feature of the YearNew Hampshire Film FestivalPrince Avalanche (2013)
2013Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Special AwardVenice Film FestivalJoe (2013)
2010Emerging MasterRiverRun International Film Festival
2003Special Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticAll the Real Girls (2003)
2000Southeastern Media AwardAtlanta Film FestivalGeorge Washington (2000)
2000NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest First FilmGeorge Washington (2000)
2000Jury AwardNewport International Film Festival, Rhode IslandBest Dramatic FilmGeorge Washington (2000)
2000Best Director AwardNewport International Film Festival, Rhode IslandGeorge Washington (2000)
2000Prize of the City of TorinoTorino Film FestivalBest Feature FilmGeorge Washington (2000)
2000CinemAvvenire AwardTorino Film FestivalBest Feature FilmGeorge Washington (2000)
2000Discovery AwardToronto International Film FestivalGeorge Washington (2000)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Grand PrixT-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, PolandFilms on Art International CompetitionHot Sugar's Cold World (2015)· Adam Bhala Lough
· Hunter Stephenson
2014Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayPrince Avalanche (2013)
2014Audience AwardEdinburgh International Film FestivalJoe (2013)
2014GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best Adapted ScreenplayPrince Avalanche (2013)
2014ARRI/OSRAM AwardMunich Film FestivalBest International FilmJoe (2013)
2014Golden LionVenice Film FestivalManglehorn (2014)
2013Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalPrince Avalanche (2013)
2013New Visions AwardSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest Motion PicturePrince Avalanche (2013)
2013Audience AwardSXSW Film FestivalFestival FavoritesPrince Avalanche (2013)
2013Golden LionVenice Film FestivalJoe (2013)
2008Grand Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalSnow Angels (2007)
2008John Cassavetes AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsShotgun Stories (2007)· Jeff Nichols (writer/director/producer)
· Lisa Muskat (producer)
2008Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureGreat World of Sound (2007)· Craig Zobel (director/producer)
· Melissa Palmer (producer)
· Richard A. Wright (producer)
2007Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest FeatureGreat World of Sound (2007)· Craig Zobel
· Melissa Palmer
· Richard A. Wright
2007Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticSnow Angels (2007)
2005Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorUndertow (2004)
2005Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayUndertow (2004)· Lingard Jervey
· Joe Conway
2004COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Screenplay, OriginalAll the Real Girls (2003)
2004Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureUndertow (2004)
2004Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorAll the Real Girls (2003)
2004Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayAll the Real Girls (2003)· Paul Schneider
2004Grand Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalUndertow (2004)
2004Prize of the City of TorinoTorino Film FestivalBest Feature FilmUndertow (2004)
2003Best FilmMar del Plata Film FestivalInternational CompetitionAll the Real Girls (2003)
2003Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticAll the Real Girls (2003)
2001Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayGeorge Washington (2000)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest FeatureGeorge Washington (2000)· Sacha W. Mueller
· Lisa Muskat
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First ScreenplayGeorge Washington (2000)
2001OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest First FeatureGeorge Washington (2000)
2001OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest First ScreenplayGeorge Washington (2000)
2000Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalNew Directors CompetitionGeorge Washington (2000)
2000Golden Maile AwardHawaii International Film FestivalNarrative FeatureGeorge Washington (2000)
2000Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest Male NewcomerGeorge Washington (2000)
2000Bronze HorseStockholm Film FestivalGeorge Washington (2000)
2000Golden AlexanderThessaloniki Film FestivalGeorge Washington (2000)


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#Quote
1Pryor is my favorite actor of all time. I'm thinking maybe I should make a movie just about Richard Pryor when he was shooting David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997).
2The beauty of comedians is - and sometimes we accept it more than in others in terms of their career transitions - that there are these great notes of accessible emotions. Sometimes it's anger, sometimes it's sadness, and sometimes it's absurdity, these little moments of tenderness beyond just making us laugh. I like having an actor that's so comedically respected like Paul [Paul Rudd], and an actor that's so dramatically respected like Emile [Emile Hirsch], and then really throwing a curveball to the crowd in terms of who's doing what.
3In a weird way, I usually cast comedic actors, even in dramatic films. The most dramatic movie I've made is probably Snow Angels (2007) and even in that I wanted capable comedic actors like Amy Sedaris, Griffin Dunne and Sam Rockwell. I can relate to people who are drawn to comedy, and I can work really well with them. Prince Avalanche (2013) was written and designed to be a movie that could cost as little as it could, and so that was part of the creative challenge but also part of the reward. There was nobody going to their trailer between setups, so we're sitting in chairs, cracking jokes. It was like summer camp.
4[on what he has learned working on different types of films] Sometimes you love what you did but other people hate it, or vice versa. That's a conflict I have, not only with myself but with the audience: That the role you have as a filmmaker is [in part] communicating with an audience, trying to sell them on something that you're passionate about. I'm not a sort of psychiatrist or real commercial strategist or marketing head or anything, but it is a fascinating world to expose yourself to. My first four films cumulatively made under a million dollars. Pineapple Express, the midnight before it opened, made more than that. That's inspiring and depressing. On the one hand, you're like, 'Fantastic, I got a hit movie coming out.' And on the other hand you're like, 'But what about the ones I've slaved over, and poured my heart out to make, and nobody went to see?'
5[on problems he faces trying to get projects made] It's always financing problems. People want to make safe, boring zombie movies and vampire movies and comedies. Literally if I walk in the room with a really funny script or a zombie movie or aliens, they'll say, 'We want to see more of that, forget about those other things.'
6I'd really love to never do a movie for anyone else but myself. I just don't have time in life to do it; I'm too self-indulgent. People in my life who know me can always predict where I'm going to go next. And there's always a motive. Sometimes it's a passion that you want to roll up your sleeves and, do or die, we're going to make this movie my way or the highway. And sometimes you want to put your feet up and say, 'I want an appropriate budget and a great length of day and to work with my friends.' Any imaginable motive for making a movie is really what determines it.
7You never want to do the same thing again, which is why it's hard for me to kind of find that linear connection even when I'm working in the same genre. They all feel very different to me. I literally don't have any sort of design. Some people I know have the theory of "Let's do one for them and one for me." I do them all for me. Sometimes they're commercial and sometimes they're not, and I try to keep afloat and have a career that people will support because you need people to write checks and finance the movies. That can be really difficult, particularly right now for someone like me to get money for a movie that's outside of a comedic wheelhouse, but that doesn't mean I don't make the compromises and the sacrifices to try to do it. All four of the movies I'm developing are not comedic, so we'll see which one really lands, if it's a horror movie or a drama or a documentary or whatever it is. It's certainly a niche I have to fill. I wake up every morning thinking of what I want to do and I'm just as moody as the next guy. I don't have the luxury of picking up a set of paints and painting a picture and being done in a day. It takes me a year or two, but I really do have kind of more of an immediate response rather than a bigger picture professional profile.
8I'm a good multi-tasker. This year I've had a couple of movies and a few TV shows that I've been juggling and I also have scripts and projects outside of that and done some commercials. I keep real busy ... So yeah, I have a real fun life and I get to have a lot of adventures and I really look at this career as a passport to the world, so why not try and soak up every opportunity until they slam the door in my face?
9When you have heartfelt filmmakers and really bold, strong actors that are willing to take creative risks and risk their reputation for the reinvention and the inspiration that these director are going to provide, it just makes you want to high five your buddy and say, 'Fuck yeah, let's get in the ring and get dirty.'
10[on independent film-makers] Kevin Smith is the only one I don't like particularly. I respect most of them. He's the one I can't identify with in any way. He kind of created a Special Olympics for film. They just kind of lowered the standard.
11I have a difficult time shooting in places that are not alive. I like the chaos and uncertainty of practical locations. Stages are boring and stuffy; it's like being on an airplane too long or in the pouch of a marsupial.
12People think 'independent' means no interference. Not true. Unless you're paying for everything yourself, you're always subject to who's writing the checks.
13I got into this business because I love huge action movies. And I don't want to exclude that from the fabric of my career if I can incorporate it in some way.
14I was the first member of the second Blockbuster, apparently. They had two test shops when they first were getting going. For the longest time I thought I was the first member of Blockbuster ever...I wouldn't be caught dead in one now.
15I was totally into Iron Eagle. I saw all three [sic] Iron Eagles and couldn't make it through Top Gun. I don't know. It's probably my knee-jerk reaction when people are all clamoring over something to go find the oddball version of it. Chappy Sinclair? I mean that movie was awesome.
16I don't necessarily think 26-year-old white guys are that interesting. So why would I want to make another movie about their coffee shops and romantic pratfalls?

#Trademark
1Using practical locations (outdoors)
2Use of retro studio logos (if possible) and retro-style opening credits

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