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Noah Baumbach

Biography

Brooklyn-born filmmaker known to be the writer and director of critically-acclaimed films like 2005’s The Squid as well as the Whale and 2013’s Frances Ha. His screenplay for The Squid as well as the Whale was called the year’s greatest by critics groupings like the NY Film Critics Group and the Country wide Plank of Review. He proved helpful being a messenger for THE BRAND NEW Yorker and produced his feature debut being a article writer and movie director with 1995’s Kicking and Screaming. He co-wrote the Wes Anderson movies THE LIFE SPAN Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox. He was wedded to celebrity Jennifer Jason Leigh from 2005 to 2010. He co-wrote Frances Ha using the film’s superstar Greta Gerwig, who he started dating in 2011.

Quick Facts


Full Name Noah Baumbach
Date Of Birth September 3, 1969
Place Of Birth New York
Height 1.75 m
Profession Director
Education Midwood High School, Vassar College
Nationality American
Spouse Jennifer Jason Leigh
Children Rohmer Emmanuel Baumbach
Parents Jonathan Baumbach, Georgia Brown
Partner Greta Gerwig
Awards National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay, Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay, National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay, Sundance Film Festival Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Palme d'Or, Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature Film, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay, Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, Bodil Award for Best American Film, Cannes Grand Prix, Cannes Jury Prize, Cannes Best Director Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Robert Award for Best American Film, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay
Movies Frances Ha, While We're Young, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, Mistress America, Kicking and Screaming, Margot at the Wedding, Mr. Jealousy, The Meyerowitz Stories, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox, De Palma, Highball, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Alexander the Last, The Corrections, Conrad & Butler Take a Vacation, Thirty
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1 Writes a series of short stories for the New Yorker magazine.
2 According to himself, he tends to return again and again to making movies about people who have an image of themselves they can't live up to.
3 Has been in a relationship with Greta Gerwig since 2011.
4 Is a close friend and collaborator of Wes Anderson.
5 Briefly worked as a messenger at Manhattan's revered The New Yorker magazine.
6 Is known for his meticulous precision, doing 55 takes with Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke searching through a closet during filming of 'Untitled Public School Project'.
7 When directing on set, prefers saying 'Begin' or 'When you're ready', instead of 'Action!'.
8 Lives in an apartment on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
9 Has a son, Rohmer Emmanuel Baumbach (born March 17, 2010), with his ex-wife Jennifer Jason Leigh.
10 Ex-brother-in-law of Carrie Ann Morrow. Stepbrother-in-law of Mina Badie.
11 Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
12 Graduate of Vassar College
13 Ex-non-in-law of Barbara Turner and the late Vic Morrow.
14 Named one of Fade In magazine's 2005 list of 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know.
15 Born and raised in New York.
16 Had lived with ex-wife Jennifer Jason Leigh for four years prior to their marriage.
17 His mother is Village Voice critic Georgia Brown. His father Jonathan Baumbach is a novelist and film critic.
18 Had his script for The Squid and the Whale (2005) hand-delivered to Laura Linney by his friend Eric Stoltz during the filming of The House of Mirth (2000) in 2000. Linney agreed to do the film immediately, but it took four years to raise the financing.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) 2017
Mistress America 2015 written by
While We're Young 2014 written by
The Corrections 2012 TV Movie adaptation
Frances Ha 2012 written by
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 screenplay
Greenberg 2010 screenplay / story
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 screenplay
Margot at the Wedding 2007 written by
The Squid and the Whale 2005 written by
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 2004 written by
Conrad & Butler Take a Vacation 2000 Short
Thirty 2000 TV Movie
Highball 1997 as Jesse Carter
Mr. Jealousy 1997 written by
Kicking and Screaming 1995 story / written by

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) 2017
De Palma 2015 Documentary
Mistress America 2015
While We're Young 2014
Frances Ha 2012
Greenberg 2010
Saturday Night Live 2008 TV Series 1 episode
Margot at the Wedding 2007
The Squid and the Whale 2005
Conrad & Butler Take a Vacation 2000 Short
Highball 1997 as Ernie Fusco
Mr. Jealousy 1997
Kicking and Screaming 1995

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) 2017 producer
De Palma 2015 Documentary producer
Mistress America 2015 producer
While We're Young 2014 producer
She's Funny That Way 2014 executive producer
Frances Ha 2012 producer
Alexander the Last 2009 producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 2004 Phillip
Highball 1997 Philip
Mr. Jealousy 1997 Arliss
Kicking and Screaming 1995 Danny

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 writer: "Petey's Song"
Kicking and Screaming 1995 writer: "In This Heart of Darkness"

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Jealousy 1997 set dresser - as Ernie Fusco

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Cut 2003 special still photographer

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
De Palma 2015 Documentary sound recordist

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollidaysburg 2014 special thanks
Sleepwalk with Me 2012 the filmmakers wish to thank
The Alumni Chapter 2011 special thanks
Cold Weather 2010 special thanks
Turn the River 2007 very special thanks
Hamlet 2000 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Noah Baumback and Brian DePalma on Dressed to Kill 2015 Video documentary short Himself
Made in Hollywood 2015 TV Series Himself
Special Look 2015 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 2006-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & the Lost American Film 2014 Documentary Himself
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee (credit only)
The Look of Frances Ha 2013 Documentary short Himself
Cinema 3 2010 TV Series Himself
Film '72 2006 TV Series Himself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Shootout 2005 TV Series Himself
Mondo Monda 2005 Video short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Jury Prize Brasov International Film Festival & Market Best Screenplay Greenberg (2010)
2010 Annie Annie Awards Writing in a Feature Production Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
2010 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
2010 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
2009 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Song Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Jarvis Cocker
· Wes Anderson
2009 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
2009 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Adapted Screenplay Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
2009 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
2008 Best Director Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival Margot at the Wedding (2007)
2006 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Best Original Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Most Promising Filmmaker The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 Breakthrough Award Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Original Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 Directing Award Sundance Film Festival Dramatic The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award Sundance Film Festival The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Screenplay While We're Young (2014)
2015 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Screenplay Mistress America (2015) · Greta Gerwig
2015 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Original Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura originale) Frances Ha (2012) · Greta Gerwig
2015 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Screenplay Mistress America (2015) · Greta Gerwig
2014 Bodil Bodil Awards Best American Film (Bedste amerikanske film) Frances Ha (2012)
2014 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Director Frances Ha (2012)
2014 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Original Screenplay Frances Ha (2012) · Greta Gerwig
2014 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Original Screenplay Frances Ha (2012) · Greta Gerwig
2014 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Frances Ha (2012) · Scott Rudin
· Lila Yacoub
· Rodrigo Teixeira
2014 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Original Screenplay Frances Ha (2012) · Greta Gerwig
2013 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Screenplay Frances Ha (2012) · Greta Gerwig
2013 Halfway Award International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Original Screenplay Frances Ha (2012)
2013 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Screenplay Frances Ha (2012) · Greta Gerwig
2011 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Original Screenplay Greenberg (2010)
2011 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay, Original Greenberg (2010)
2010 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Greenberg (2010)
2010 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Adapted Screenplay Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
2010 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Screenplay Greenberg (2010)
2007 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Feature Margot at the Wedding (2007) · Scott Rudin
2007 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Screenwriter of the Year The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2007 Robert Robert Festival Best American Film (Årets amerikanske film) The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Original Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Writer The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Original Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Original Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Original Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Original Screenplay The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Screenplay, Original The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) · Wes Anderson
2005 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Outstanding Screenplay, Original The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay - Original The Squid and the Whale (2005)
1995 Golden St. George Moscow International Film Festival Kicking and Screaming (1995)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Original Screenplay Mistress America (2015) · Greta Gerwig
2015 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Screenplay Mistress America (2015) · Greta Gerwig
2010 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
2009 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
2007 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Screenplay Margot at the Wedding (2007)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Screenplay Mistress America (2015) · Greta Gerwig
2014 INOCA International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Original Screenplay Frances Ha (2012)
2013 Audience Award Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Frances Ha (2012)
2009 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Screenplay Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) · Wes Anderson
1995 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best First Film Kicking & Screaming (2005)


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#Quote
1 [on first meeting Brian De Palma at Paul Schrader's birthday party] Well I was just excited that he was there and I think I eventually drank enough to go over and introduce myself. I could have just as easily let it go by thinking, 'Oh, he doesn't want to be bothered.' But he was actually so inviting and friendly and we exchanged numbers at the end of the night. I figured that was probably it but then the next day there was a message on my machine: "Do you want to go have coffee?" And I had a script at the time that I was about to make and I gave him the script and then I went over to his apartment and we talked about it and he had some ideas. I think he was about to go make Snake Eyes (1998) and we became friends. [2016]
2 So many movies are created by concept, even on the independent level. People are looking for something they can ratify, a novelty or an exciting concept. I taught a class on the French New Wave and I came upon this quote by Godard-something to the effect that, 'When I became a filmmaker, I realized I couldn't make the movies I wanted to make before I was a filmmaker.' That whole thing about him saying he thought he was making Scarface when he was making Breathless, but he ended up making Alice in Wonderland-that was Godard realizing who he was as a filmmaker. That's something that didn't come to me until this movie (The Squid and the Whale). I made my first movie when I was 24. I was the kid who loved Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I was still connected to that. I had to shake it out of my head. I had to outgrow it.
3 [on While We're Young] I saw this film in a very traditional way, about adults coming apart to come together.
4 [re Woody Allen] I think my parents had "Getting Even", which was one of his collections, and when I read it I couldn't believe it. I thought they were the funniest things that I had ever read, but also felt--this is the thing they say about great poetry or something--it's like your own thoughts brought back to you with added majesty. It was like my own funny ideas brought back, and he just seemed so smart and funny, and I just felt so connected to it from that point forward.
5 [re first time he saw Jules and Jim (1962)] For me, it was the beginning of getting over a cultural barrier. I watched it for a college French class with headphones on in the language library, and had to return the next day to finish it, which was not the best first viewing experience, but I remember having the same visceral reaction as I'd had when I watched movies like 'Road Warrior' [Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)_] or Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) when I was a kid."
6 Truffaut loved [Alfred] Hitchcock. You feel there's something up even if you don't know what....There's discovery in this movie [ Jules and Jim (1962)]. You're discovering this woman but there's discovery in the filmmaking, too. You get involved in the story even though Truffaut uses narration and techniques that might seem distancing. He knows exactly what he wants to show you, and he only uses the voiceover when it's either going to get us further inside the characters or dispense with exposition. It gives the movie a classical structure and puts it all in the past tense. This is a time that is now over. It's both a celebration and an elegy.
7 [more re François Truffaut and his Jules and Jim (1962)] Day for night in black and white is so cool. It was practical because it's such a long shot and would have been difficult to light. Whatever the reason, there's something so beautiful about this walk and talk; how they [Catherine and Jules] come toward us from that distance, and we dolly with them. Truffaut doesn't need to cut in. He just sets it up so they'll come closer. I love shots like that. If I could, I'd shoot everything that way. And the day for night makes it beautiful in a way you can't define. It's familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.
8 [re techniques he borrowed from Jules and Jim (1962)] I love the camera there. We did that in Frances Ha (2012) when she is reading to her best friend Sophie: the camera moves over and she's knitting. There's something about the logic of the camera move; the voiceover says something, then you move and reveal the other side. It's almost funny and it has such a point of view-you know that the director knows exactly what he's doing. That lightness of spirit was something I thought about for "Frances"... The music helps here. It's sad, sweet and romantic, while they're just hanging out in the country-but it's also the way Truffaut sets up the camera. We were trying to do this with "Frances", make big moments out of little ones. It feels so important. [Francois} Truffaut evokes a similar exhilarating feeling earlier, but now there's something deeper-these three are now the core relationship. It's both joyful and so complicated, and we sense that this friendship is not going to remain the same. He's bringing them together and apart at the same time.
9 [re friend Wes Anderson ] I saw that he really was doing what was interesting to him, and he was trusting that that would be interesting to other people. I saw Rushmore (1998) and I thought, He's comfortable making his own genre.
10 At the Frances [ Frances Ha (2012) ] age, I was kind of agonized. [At 27, achieving success] I was ridiculously young. I felt so old. My persona was, 'Everything's O.K., I'm right on track. I was so afraid to admit that I was disappointed or upset.
11 Movie time is like college time. If you had a test on Thursday, Friday felt so far away.
12 [re seeking attention from strangers ] I know that. When I was a kid, I would fantasize about my own funeral.
13 Really, as long as they're supportive of the movie and the way I want to make it, the difference between it being a studio or not isn't that great. It's more secure with a studio, but you can also get caught up in more red tape. Suddenly they have to clear everything in the shot; people get anxious.
14 I try not to analyze the characters when I'm writing, but I'm very analytical in my life.
15 At some point it's going to add up to some sort of strange police blotter sketch if all these things in my films are true. My hope is that I will make enough movies that they can't all conceivably be autobiographical.
16 I don't outline. And when I've done jobs either in television or for a studio, and outlines have been part of the deal, it seems completely artificial to me and, I think, made it harder for me to write the script afterward.
17 Somebody could easily go through and link everything to different points in not just my family, but people I know - but I don't even really care. For me, the movie is a protection - a completely reinvented film. [on 'The Squid and The Whale.']
18 "I still carry the residue of the pressure I felt as a child to read and appreciate the right books. Growing up, I never allowed myself to read beach reading. I was always plowing through Ford Madox Ford's "Good Solider" or something I wasn't equipped to understand".
19 I grew up in the heat of 70s postmodern fiction and post-Godard films, and there was this idea that what mattered was the theory or meta in art. My film is emotional rather than meta, and that's my rebellion.
20 I always viewed life as material for a movie.

#Trademark
1 Often works with Greta Gerwig
2 Most of his films are at 90 minutes margin

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