Adam Wingard

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Adam Wingard
Born (1982-12-03) December 3, 1982 (age 32)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Film director, cinematographer, screenwriter

Adam Wingard (born December 3, 1982) is an American film director, editor, cinematographer, and writer.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Wingard was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and graduated from Full Sail University in 2002. His first feature, the horror-comedy Home Sick, starring Bill Moseley and Tiffany Shepis, proved to be a stepping stone to his second feature, the psychotropic ghost story thriller Pop Skull. Made on a total budget of $2,000, Pop Skull had its international premiere at the Rome Film Festival and its domestic premiere at the AFI Film Festival in 2007. A Horrible Way to Die (2010) and What Fun We Were Having (2011) followed.

The serial killer love story thriller A Horrible Way to Die premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in the ‘Vanguard’ section and was acquired by Starz/Anchor Bay at the festival for a North American theatrical and home media release. What Fun We Were Having is a 4-part anthology dealing with the taboo subject of date rape. The anthology had its premiere at the 2011 Fantastia Film Festival in Montreal where Wingard was honored by the festival with his very own sidebar section: “Medicated Monsters – A Spotlight on Filmmaker Adam Wingard”.

In 2011, Wingard co-directed Autoerotic with mumblecore icon (and frequent actor in Wingard films) Joe Swanberg. He was selected to direct one chapter of The ABCs of Death, a 26-chapter horror anthology for Drafthouse Films and Magnet. A recent solo directorial effort, You're Next, a home invasion thriller, premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the ‘Midnight Madness’ section.[3] The film was acquired by Lionsgate, and received a wide release in August 2013.

His most recent film, The Guest starring Dan Stevens, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and Fantastic Fest and has received critical acclaim upon its wider theatrical release in mid-September.[4] In February 2015 Lionsgate confirmed Wingard, will direct the Thriller film The Woods, based on a script by Simon Barrett.[5]

Critical acclaim[edit]

Wingard's film Pop Skull[6][7][8] won the Best Feature Film award at the Indianapolis International Film Festival[9] and the Jury award at the Boston Underground Film Festival.[10]

Wingard's A Horrible Way to Die won Best Screenplay (Simon Barrett), Best Actor (A.J. Bowen) and Best Actress (Amy Seimetz) at the 2010 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.[11]

Wingard's You're Next won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Simon Barrett), and Best Actress (Sharni Vinson) at the 2011 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.[12]


Year Title Genre Notes
2004 The Little One short film
2005 The Girlfriend short film
2007 Home Sick
2007 1000 Year Sleep short film
2007 Pop Skull Horror
2007 Laura Panic short film
2008 Paradox Mary short film
2010 A Horrible Way to Die Horror
2008 Little Sister Gone short film
2011 Autoerotic co-directed with Joe Swanberg
2011 Art History Drama
2011 What Fun We Were Having Horror
2012 V/H/S Horror "Tape 56" segment (actor & director)
2013 V/H/S/2 Horror "Phase I Clinical Trials" segment (actor & director)
2013 You're Next Horror
2013 24 Exposures Erotic Thriller (actor only)
2014 The Guest Thriller
2016 Death Note Thriller Director


  1. ^ "Adam Wingard". Movies & TV. The New York Times (All Movie Guide and Baseline). 
  2. ^ "Home Sick Comes Home Today!". August 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ 'Guest' Director Adam Wingard Goes Back to Horror with 'The Woods'
  4. ^ Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett Take a Trip into The Woods
  5. ^ Adam Wingard Heads Into ‘The Woods’
  6. ^ "Review of Adam Wingard's brilliant POP SKULL". September 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  7. ^ Brown, Todd (December 9, 2007). "News: Adam Wingard Convinces Me I've Wasted My Life. Trailer And Stills From POP SKULL". Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  8. ^ Koehler, Robert (November 21, 2007). "Variety Reviews – Pop Skull – Film Reviews – AFI". Variety. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  9. ^ "indyfilmfest". Indianapolis International Film Festival. Archived from the original on October 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  10. ^ Everleth, Mike (March 28, 2008). "2008 Boston Underground Film Festival: Award Winners". Underground Film Journal. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  11. ^ "FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  12. ^ "FANTASTIC FEST 2011 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 

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