Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

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Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Born (1957-07-07) July 7, 1957 (age 57)
Alameda County, California, U.S. (Dayton)
(1958-10-20) October 20, 1958 (age 56)
Los Angeles County, California, U.S. (Faris)
Occupation Film directors, music video directors
Notable work(s) Little Miss Sunshine

Jonathan Dayton (born July 7, 1957) and Valerie Faris (born October 20, 1958) are a team of American film directors and music video directors, also husband and wife, that received critical acclaim for their feature film directorial debut, Little Miss Sunshine. Later the couple went on to direct the 2012 romantic comedy-drama Ruby Sparks, which was also met with a positive critical consensus.

Life and career[edit]

Dayton was born in Alameda County, California and grew up in Grass Valley, California. After graduating from Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, California, attended the UCLA Film School, studying film and television in the late-1970s; while there, he met Valerie Faris, a dance student and native of Los Angeles County, California, who became his wife and his partner. As a pair, they have directed and produced music videos, documentaries, commercials and films. They have received international fame for their music videos for bands such as Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, and R.E.M.. They won six MTV Video Music Awards for the video "Tonight Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins. In 1998 they established a production company, "Bob Industries". Through this company the pair directed commercials for companies such as HP, Volkswagen, Sony, GAP, Target, Ikea, Apple Computer, and ESPN. They have broadened their horizons through television work ("Mr. Show") and film direction (Little Miss Sunshine in 2006 and Ruby Sparks in 2012). The former of the two films won the Audience Award at the 2006 Sydney Film festival and an ovation at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

In December 2006, Variety announced that the team's next project would be a screen adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel The Abstinence Teacher for Warner Independent Pictures.[1] As of October 2007, Perrotta was writing the film's screenplay with input from Dayton and Faris.[2]






Special Projects[edit]

  • The Check Up (2005) - branded content short for Volkswagen of America created by Arnold Worldwide, Boston and starring Joe Pantoliano and Kevin Connolly[4]
  • "Janet", Documentary - Virgin (Directors)
  • REM Tour Film "Green" - C-Hundred Films (Line Producers)
  • Jane's Addiction Concert Clip - Warner(Prod/Directors)
  • Counting Crows Rocumentary - Geffen (Prod/Directors)
  • Interview for "Sting Unplugged" - Polydor (Prod/Directors)
  • Joe Satriani Documentary - G3 (Prod/Directors)
  • "The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow" - In House (Prod/Directors)
  • Janet Jackson's 1814:Rhythm Nation - A&M Records (Prod/Directors)
  • Rough Cut (starring R.E.M.) - Documentary



  1. ^ LaPorte, Nicole, and Pamela McClintock. "'Sunshine' duo in talks for next feature: Dayton, Faris may adapt 'Abstinence Teacher'", Variety, 2006-12-06. Retrieved on 2007-07-07.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Missy. "The Q&A: Tom Perrotta: His Novel Take on Suburban Life", Entertainment Weekly, 2007-10-15. Retrieved on 2007-10-20.
  3. ^ Britney Spears, "When Your Eyes Say It",
  4. ^ Champagne, Christine. "Arnold Worldwide, Dayton/Faris Give Volkswagen "The Check Up": Short Premieres At Sundance, Featured Attraction On Interactive DVD", Shoot, vol. 46 no. 4, 2005-02-11; mov.

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