J. C. Chandor

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J. C. Chandor
Born Jeffrey McDonald Chandor[1]
(1973-11-24) November 24, 1973 (age 41)
Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Screenwriter, film director
Years active 2002–present
Notable work Margin Call (2011)
All Is Lost (2013)
Spouse(s) Mary Cameron Goodyear (m. 2004)[2]

Jeffrey McDonald "J. C." Chandor (born November 24, 1973) is an American screenwriter and director, best known for directing the film Margin Call (2011).

Life and career[edit]

Chandor grew up in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, New Jersey.[3] He is the son of Mary (McDonald) and Jeff Chandor, an investment banker.[4][5] After graduating in 1992 from Ridge High School in Bernards Township,[6] he received his bachelor's degree in 1996 from The College of Wooster.[7][8] During the 15 years leading up to Margin Call, Chandor directed commercials.[9]

Margin Call was Chandor's first feature-length film. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah; it also played In Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Bear.[10][11] On January 24, 2012, Chandor was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film.[12]

His second feature film All Is Lost was screened Out of Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[13][14] It received critical acclaim, especially for Robert Redford's solo performance which featured almost no dialogue, for which Redford won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Critics' Choice Award.

In 2014, Chandor directed Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year.[15]



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://observer.com/2004/05/countdown-to-bliss-212/
  3. ^ Elstein, Aaron. "Capturing Wall Street on the silver screen; One reason Margin Call expertly captures how investment bankers and traders look, sound and see the world is that its writer and director, J.C. Chandor, is a son of Wall Street. He was also inspired by other movies about business.", Crain's New York Business, November 6, 2011. Accessed June 19, 2013. "As a youth growing up in Basking Ridge, N.J., Mr. Chandor hung out on the Merrill Lynch's trading floor in lower Manhattan while his father, an investment banker, worked the phones making deals."
  4. ^ http://newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville_news/news/ridge-high-grad-directs-new-hollywood-thriller/article_b834f746-ea8f-11e0-b3c5-001cc4c03286.html
  5. ^ http://www.genealogybuff.com/canada-bbs/webbbs_config.pl/noframes/read/1400
  6. ^ Staff. "Film by Ridge High alum, J.C. Chandor, critically accclaimed at Cannes", The Bernardsville News, May 24, 2013. Accessed June 19, 2013. "Chandor, a 1992 Ridge High School graduate, wrote and directed his first feature-length film released in 2011, the critically acclaimed Margin Call, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category."
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (September 13, 2010). "'Margin Call' Director J.C. Chandor Snags Big Warner Bros Writing Gig From DiCaprio". Deadline New York. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  8. ^ Dash, Eric (June 22, 2010). "Citi Goes Hollywood for Spacey and Crew". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Filmmaker J.C. Chandor on His 15-Year Journey to Make Margin Call", S.T. VanAirsdale, movieline, october 17, 2011
  10. ^ "The Competition of the 61st Berlinale". Berlinale. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Spacey, Moore and 3D in focus at Berlin film fest". Yahoo News. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "84th Academy Awards Nominees". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). January 24, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ McCarthy, Todd (May 22, 2013). "All Is Lost Cannes review". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Sundance: A24 Acquiring J.C. Chandor-Helmed 'A Most Violent Year' With Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 

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