David Lowery (director)

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David Lowery
Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin[1]
Education Irving High School, Irving, Texas
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film editor, cinematographer, film producer, actor
Spouse(s) Augustine Frizzell[2]

David Lowery is an American filmmaker based in Dallas, Texas.[3]

Early life[edit]

David Lowery is the eldest of nine children. His family moved to Irving when he was seven after his dad got a job teaching theology at the University of Dallas. Just out of Irving High School, he wrote and directed his first film entitled Lullaby.[4]


David Lowery had his breakthrough with his first feature film, St. Nick, which follows two runaway children abandoned by their guardians.[5] The film played in South by Southwest in 2009.[6] It won the Texas Filmmaker Award at the 2009 AFI Dallas International Film Festival.[7] In 2011, he wrote and directed the short film entitled Pioneer, which played at Sundance Film Festival.[8]

In 2013, Lowery directed his second feature film, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, which starred Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.[9] The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[10] It was selected to compete at the International Critics' Week section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[11]

In addition to having edited films such as Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine and Shane Carruth's Upstream Color,[12] he also co-wrote Pit Stop with director Yen Tan.[13]

At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, it was announced the Lowery will write and direct the film adaptation of 2012 National Book Award finalist, The Yellow Birds written by war veteran Kevin Powers. The film will star Benedict Cumberbatch, Tye Sheridan and Will Poulter.[14]

Style and influences[edit]

David Lowery was influenced by Claire Denis's 35 Shots of Rum.[15] Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller is one of his all-time favorite films.[16] He was also inspired by Paul Thomas Anderson and David Fincher.[17]


Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • Lullaby (2000) - director, writer, cinematographer, producer, editor
  • A Catalog of Anticipations (2008) - director, writer
  • Pioneer (2011) - director, writer, editor


  • "Rectify" (2014), "Donald The Normal" - Director


  1. ^ Aquino, Tara (August 16, 2013). "Rethinking the West with "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," David Lowery's Artful Sophomore Feature". Complex. 
  2. ^ Mariani, Anthony (March 21, 2012). "Second Annual Visionary Awards". Fort Worth Weekly. 
  3. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (January 25, 2013). "Daily Buzz: Sundance Episode 8". Film Society of Lincoln Center. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Christopher (August 2013). "How David Lowery Became Dallas' Most Important Filmmaker". D Magazine. 
  5. ^ Schager, Nick (April 17, 2011). "St. Nick - Film Review". Slant Magazine. 
  6. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (January 16, 2013). "Sundance 2013: 5 Faces to Watch". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Kay, Jeremy (April 6, 2009). "Gigantic, Skin among key winners at AFI Dallas festival". Screen International. 
  8. ^ Kohn, Eric (January 20, 2013). "Sundance Interview: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery Explains Making More Accessible Movies and Why He Can't Stop Editing Them". IndieWire. 
  9. ^ Smith, Derek (August 20, 2013). "Ain't Them Bodies Saints - Film Review". Tiny Mix Tapes. 
  10. ^ Lin, Kristian (January 28, 2013). "North Texas Films at Sundance: How'd They Do?". Fort Worth Weekly. 
  11. ^ Smith, Nigel M. (April 22, 2013). "Cannes Reveals International Critics' Week Lineup; 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Makes the Cut". IndieWire. 
  12. ^ Aquino, Tara (August 17, 2013). "David Lowery - 25 Directors Who Are 35 and Under You Should Know". Complex. 
  13. ^ Olsen, Mark (August 17, 2013). "David Lowery's rapid rise with 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'". Los Angeles Times. 
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (May 17, 2014). "CANNES: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tye Sheridan in Iraq War Drama 'Yellow Birds'". Variety. 
  15. ^ Harrison, Eddie (September 4, 2013). "Interview: David Lowery, director of Ain't Them Bodies Saints". The List. 
  16. ^ Gibson, Anthony (February 21, 2014). "David Lowery: I wanted to capture the essence of the great directors, such as Robert Altman, for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints". Metro. 
  17. ^ Cox, Gordon (January 7, 2013). "Lowery: Texan talent is Sundance-bound". Variety. 

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