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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
1Writes a series of short stories for the New Yorker magazine.
2According 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.
3Has been in a relationship with Greta Gerwig since 2011.
4Is a close friend and collaborator of Wes Anderson.
5Briefly worked as a messenger at Manhattan's revered The New Yorker magazine.
6Is 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'.
7When directing on set, prefers saying 'Begin' or 'When you're ready', instead of 'Action!'.
8Lives in an apartment on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
9Has a son, Rohmer Emmanuel Baumbach (born March 17, 2010), with his ex-wife Jennifer Jason Leigh.
10Ex-brother-in-law of Carrie Ann Morrow. Stepbrother-in-law of Mina Badie.
11Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
12Graduate of Vassar College
13Ex-non-in-law of Barbara Turner and the late Vic Morrow.
14Named one of Fade In magazine's 2005 list of 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know.
15Born and raised in New York.
16Had lived with ex-wife Jennifer Jason Leigh for four years prior to their marriage.
17His mother is Village Voice critic Georgia Brown. His father Jonathan Baumbach is a novelist and film critic.
18Had 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 America2015written by
While We're Young2014written by
The Corrections2012TV Movie adaptation
Frances Ha2012written by
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted2012screenplay
Greenberg2010screenplay / story
Fantastic Mr. Fox2009screenplay
Margot at the Wedding2007written by
The Squid and the Whale2005written by
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou2004written by
Conrad & Butler Take a Vacation2000Short
Thirty2000TV Movie
Highball1997as Jesse Carter
Mr. Jealousy1997written by
Kicking and Screaming1995story / written by

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)2017
De Palma2015Documentary
Mistress America2015
While We're Young2014
Frances Ha2012
Greenberg2010
Saturday Night Live2008TV Series 1 episode
Margot at the Wedding2007
The Squid and the Whale2005
Conrad & Butler Take a Vacation2000Short
Highball1997as Ernie Fusco
Mr. Jealousy1997
Kicking and Screaming1995

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)2017producer
De Palma2015Documentary producer
Mistress America2015producer
While We're Young2014producer
She's Funny That Way2014executive producer
Frances Ha2012producer
Alexander the Last2009producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou2004Phillip
Highball1997Philip
Mr. Jealousy1997Arliss
Kicking and Screaming1995Danny

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fantastic Mr. Fox2009writer: "Petey's Song"
Kicking and Screaming1995writer: "In This Heart of Darkness"

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Jealousy1997set dresser - as Ernie Fusco

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Cut2003special still photographer

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
De Palma2015Documentary sound recordist

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollidaysburg2014special thanks
Sleepwalk with Me2012the filmmakers wish to thank
The Alumni Chapter2011special thanks
Cold Weather2010special thanks
Turn the River2007very special thanks
Hamlet2000special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Noah Baumback and Brian DePalma on Dressed to Kill2015Video documentary shortHimself
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
Special Look2015TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2006-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & the Lost American Film2014DocumentaryHimself
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee (credit only)
The Look of Frances Ha2013Documentary shortHimself
Cinema 32010TV SeriesHimself
Film '722006TV SeriesHimself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Shootout2005TV SeriesHimself
Mondo Monda2005Video shortHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Jury PrizeBrasov International Film Festival & MarketBest ScreenplayGreenberg (2010)
2010AnnieAnnie AwardsWriting in a Feature ProductionFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
2010ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
2010OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
2009HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original SongFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Jarvis Cocker
· Wes Anderson
2009SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
2009SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Adapted ScreenplayFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
2009UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
2008Best DirectorPeñíscola Comedy Film FestivalMargot at the Wedding (2007)
2006Austin Film Critics AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBest Original ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006Austin Film Critics AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationMost Promising FilmmakerThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006Breakthrough AwardDublin Film Critics Circle AwardsThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Original ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005Directing AwardSundance Film FestivalDramaticThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005Waldo Salt Screenwriting AwardSundance Film FestivalThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest ScreenplayWhile We're Young (2014)
2015ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest ScreenplayMistress America (2015)· Greta Gerwig
2015IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Original Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura originale)Frances Ha (2012)· Greta Gerwig
2015OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMistress America (2015)· Greta Gerwig
2014BodilBodil AwardsBest American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)Frances Ha (2012)
2014Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorFrances Ha (2012)
2014Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayFrances Ha (2012)· Greta Gerwig
2014GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best Original ScreenplayFrances Ha (2012)· Greta Gerwig
2014Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest FeatureFrances Ha (2012)· Scott Rudin
· Lila Yacoub
· Rodrigo Teixeira
2014ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayFrances Ha (2012)· Greta Gerwig
2013ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest ScreenplayFrances Ha (2012)· Greta Gerwig
2013Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Original ScreenplayFrances Ha (2012)
2013VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ScreenplayFrances Ha (2012)· Greta Gerwig
2011COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Original ScreenplayGreenberg (2010)
2011OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalGreenberg (2010)
2010Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalGreenberg (2010)
2010Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsAdapted ScreenplayFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
2010VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ScreenplayGreenberg (2010)
2007Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest FeatureMargot at the Wedding (2007)· Scott Rudin
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsScreenwriter of the YearThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2007RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)The Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest WriterThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2006WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Original ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScreenplayThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalThe Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)· Wes Anderson
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Screenplay, OriginalThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
2005WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalThe Squid and the Whale (2005)
1995Golden St. GeorgeMoscow International Film FestivalKicking and Screaming (1995)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMistress America (2015)· Greta Gerwig
2015SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayMistress America (2015)· Greta Gerwig
2010COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Adapted ScreenplayFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
2009SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
2007ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest ScreenplayMargot at the Wedding (2007)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ScreenplayMistress America (2015)· Greta Gerwig
2014INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Original ScreenplayFrances Ha (2012)
2013Audience AwardTallinn Black Nights Film FestivalFrances Ha (2012)
2009ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest ScreenplayFantastic Mr. Fox (2009)· Wes Anderson
1995NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest First FilmKicking & 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]
2So 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."
6Truffaut 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.
10At 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.
11Movie 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.
13Really, 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.
14I try not to analyze the characters when I'm writing, but I'm very analytical in my life.
15At 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.
16I 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.
17Somebody 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".
19I 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.
20I always viewed life as material for a movie.

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

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