Current inmates in Director's Jail. Some of them are actually pretty good filmmakers so hopefully they'll be able to bounce back.

by a_NORMAL_movie_fan | created - 29 Nov 2013 | updated - 21 Jan 2014 | Public

1. Jan de Bont

Director | Speed

Jan de Bont was born in the Netherlands to a Roman Catholic Dutch family on the 22 of October 1943. He has always had a creative mind and good mentality for camera techniques and soon got into film as a popular cinematographer. He worked on a huge number of films before finding himself on the ...

2. John McTiernan

Director | Die Hard

John McTiernan was born on January 8, 1951 in Albany, New York, USA as John Campbell McTiernan Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Die Hard (1988), Predator (1987) and Last Action Hero (1993). He has been married to Gail Sistrunk since 2012. He was previously married to Kate Harrington, ...

3. Dave Meyers

Director | The Hitcher

Dave Meyers is a director and producer, known for The Hitcher (2007), Foolish (1999) and Volatile Love (2015).

4. Antony Hoffman

Director | Red Planet

In his native South Africa, Antony became a filmmaker and journalist for International Press Syndicates AP and BBC, documenting the anti-apartheid uprisings in the embattled townships around Cape Town. Fascinated by the violent human drama unfolding before him, Antony developed a raw, unaffected ...

6. Robert Patton-Spruill

Director | Turntable

Robert Patton-Spruill is a producer, known for Turntable (2005), Do It Again (2010) and Squeeze (1997). He is married to Patricia Moreno.

7. Wych Kaosayananda

Director | Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

Wych Kaosayananda was born in 1974 in Thailand. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002), The Driver (2019) and 2 Guns: Zero Tolerance (2015).

8. Kinka Usher

Director | Mystery Men

Kinka Usher is known for his work on Mystery Men (1999), The Nest (1988) and Voyager (1991).

9. Pontus Löwenhielm

Director | Kenny Starfighter

Pontus Löwenhielm is a director and actor, known for Kenny Starfighter (1997), Chain of Fools (2000) and Morran och Tobias (2014).

11. John R. Leonetti

Director | Annabelle

John R. Leonetti was born on July 4, 1956 in California, USA as John Robert Leonetti. He is known for his work on Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013).

12. Joseph Kahn

Director | Bodied

Joseph Kahn was born on October 12, 1972. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Bodied (2017), Detention (2011) and Torque (2004).

13. Steven E. de Souza

Writer | Die Hard

Among the handful of screenwriters whose films have earned over $2 billion at the box office, Steven de Souza was introduced to Hollywood on camera--as a contestant on an L.A. game show. There the Philadelphia-based writer for PBS, "The New York Times", "Premiere" and other media outlets won a car ...

14. Andrzej Bartkowiak

Cinematographer | Falling Down

Andrzej Bartkowiak was born on March 6, 1950 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Falling Down (1993), Romeo Must Die (2000) and Speed (1994). He was previously married to Diane Venora.

15. James Wong

Producer | The X Files

James Wong is a producer and writer, known for The X-Files (1993), The One (2001) and Space: Above and Beyond (1995). He is married to Teena Wong. They have three children.

16. Jimmy Hayward

Actor | Horton Hears a Who!

Jimmy Hayward is known for his work on Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Jonah Hex (2010) and Free Birds (2013).

17. Craig Mazin

Writer | Chernobyl

Craig Mazin was born on April 8, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Chernobyl (2019), The Hangover Part II (2011) and Identity Thief (2013).

18. Stephen Hopkins

Producer | Lost in Space

Stephen Hopkins was born in 1958 in Jamaica. He is a producer and director, known for Lost in Space (1998), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) and Predator 2 (1990).

19. Ron Underwood

Director | Tremors

A director who is equally adept at working in television as well as features, Southern California native Ron Underwood has been making films since 5th grade and was winning Eastman Kodak filmmaking awards by the time he was in his teens. After graduating from University of Southern California, he ...

20. Jeremiah S. Chechik

Director | Benny & Joon

Jeremiah S. Chechik was born in 1955 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a director and producer, known for Benny & Joon (1993), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) and Gossip Girl (2007).

21. Simon Wells

Director | The Time Machine

Simon Wells was born in 1961. He is known for his work on The Time Machine (2002), The Prince of Egypt (1998) and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002). He is married to Wendy Wells. They have two children.

22. Martin Brest

Director | Scent of a Woman

Martin Brest was born on August 8, 1951 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Scent of a Woman (1992), Midnight Run (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984).

23. Lee Tamahori

Director | Once Were Warriors

Beginning as a commercial artist and photographer, he joined the New Zealand film industry in the late 1970s as a boom operator. He became an assistant director a decade later. Making international award-winning commercials for 10 years, he has also directed several TV series. His first feature ...

24. Kevin Costner

Actor | The Postman

Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle ...

25. Lexi Alexander

Director | Hooligans

A former World Karate and Kickboxing Champion, Lexi Alexander found her calling to become a filmmaker while traveling around the world competing and teaching martial arts seminars. Born in Mannheim, Germany, Lexi dreamed of eventually moving to Hollywood and made it a point to attend every karate ...

26. Rand Ravich

Writer | The Astronaut's Wife

Rand Ravich is a writer and producer, known for The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) and Second Chance (2016).

27. Hugh Johnson

Cinematographer | The Chronicles of Riddick

Began as a projectionist in the Lyric and Palace cinemas in Navan for the Kennedy family in the 1960's. Subsequently moved to London, sidelining as a barman in addition to working in Kingly Photographic Studios in Soho.

28. David Hogan

Assistant_director | Batman Forever

Was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and studied art at The Art Academy, and then Memphis State University. Before beginning his career in music videos, film and commercials; he opened a commercial art studio in Memphis at age 22, where he designed album covers for the legendary Stax Records.

29. Richard Kelly

Writer | Donnie Darko

James Richard Kelly better known as Richard Kelly, is an American film director and writer, known for writing and directing the cult classic Donnie Darko in 2001. Kelly was born James Richard Kelly in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Lane and Ennis Kelly. He grew up in Midlothian, Virginia, where...

30. David McNally

Director | Coyote Ugly

David McNally was born in London, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Coyote Ugly (2000), Kangaroo Jack (2003) and Justice (2006).

31. Chuck Russell

Director | A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Chuck Russell was born on May 9, 1958 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA. He is a director and producer, known for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), The Blob (1988) and The Mask (1994). He has been married to Ania Zeyne since November 29, 2007.

32. Perry Andelin Blake

Production_designer | The Do-Over

Perry Andelin Blake grew up in Los Angeles, the grandson of a noted Hollywood scenic artist and painter. After graduating from Harvard University with a Master degree in architecture, he moved back to L.A. to work for the legendary architect Frank Gehry. He practiced architecture for a number of ...

33. Pitof

Director | Vidocq

Pitof started his career in 1976 as photographer, assistant director and editor for films and commercials. He then branched out into musical scoring, software design and graphic design for televisions, music videos and commercials.

A pioneer of digital imaging in France, Pitof made his debut in ...

34. Kerry Conran

Director | Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Born in 1964 and raised in Flint, Michigan, Kerry Conran came from a family of aspiring artists: his older brother Kevin Conran was an illustrator and his younger sister Kirsten Conran an art director at an ad agency. Growing up watching classic sci-fi films such as Metropolis (1927), King Kong (...

35. Troy Duffy

Writer | The Boondock Saints

Troy Duffy was born on June 8, 1971 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He is a writer and director, known for The Boondock Saints (1999), The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) and The Blood Spoon Council. He has been married to Angela Green since October 2006.

36. Stefen Fangmeier

Visual_effects | The Perfect Storm

Stefen Fangmeier was born on December 9, 1960 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Stefen Markus Fangmeier. He is known for his work on The Perfect Storm (2000), Jurassic Park (1993) and Master and Commander: Cinematic Phasmids (2004).

37. Des McAnuff

Producer | The Iron Giant

Des McAnuff was born on June 19, 1952 in Princeton, Illinois, USA as Desmond McAnuff. He is known for his work on The Iron Giant (1999), The Tempest (2010) and Quills (2000). He has been married to Bryna McCann since 2012. He was previously married to Susan Berman.

38. Bo Welch

Production_designer | Edward Scissorhands

Bo Welch was born on November 30, 1951 in Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert W. Welch III. He is a production designer and director, known for Edward Scissorhands (1990), Men in Black (1997) and A Little Princess (1995). He has been married to Catherine O'Hara since April 25, 1992. They have two ...



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