David Gordon Green

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David Gordon Green
David Gordon Green by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Green at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1975-04-09) April 9, 1975 (age 43)
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
ResidenceCharleston, South Carolina
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts
OccupationFilm director, film producer, television producer, screenwriter
Years active1997–present

David Gordon Green (born April 9, 1975) is an American filmmaker. He has directed dramas such as George Washington (2000), All the Real Girls (2003), and Snow Angels (2007), as well as the thriller Undertow (2004), all of which he wrote or co-wrote. In 2008, he transitioned into comedy, directing the films Pineapple Express (2008), Your Highness and The Sitter (both 2011), as well as episodes of the HBO comedy Eastbound & Down (2009–13). In 2013, he returned to his more dramatic roots with the independent films Prince Avalanche and Joe. Since then, he has directed the films Manglehorn (2014), Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), Stronger (2017), and episodes of the television comedy-drama Red Oaks (2014–2017), on which he also serves as executive producer. Green directed the eleventh installment in the Halloween franchise, which he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Danny McBride, and which takes place forty years after the events of the original 1978 film.


Green, one of four children, was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and grew up in Richardson, Texas. His mother, Jean Ann (née Hunter), was a Lamaze instructor, and his father, Hubert Gordon Green, Jr., was a medical school dean.[1][2] Green attended Richardson High School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied film directing.[3] He currently lives in Charleston.[4]


Green's films, which are usually coming-of-age tales set in small rural towns, have been categorized as belonging to the Southern Gothic tradition.[citation needed] Green's dialog often has an obtuse, semi-poetic quality.[citation needed] While in university, he made the two short films, Pleasant Grove and Physical Pinball, at the North Carolina School of the Arts prior to his feature film debut in 2000, the critically acclaimed George Washington, which he both wrote and directed. He followed that with All the Real Girls in 2003 and Undertow in 2004.

In 2007, he directed Snow Angels, his first film of another author's screenplay, adapted from the Stewart O'Nan novel. The film debuted at Sundance in January[5] and stars Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. It was released by Warner Independent Pictures.[6] Green directed the Seth Rogen buddy comedy Pineapple Express in 2008, and the HBO series Eastbound & Down, for which he directed twelve episodes and served as a consulting producer. He is the creator of the animated series Good Vibes. He directed the comedy The Sitter, released in December 2011. Green also directed and co-wrote, Prince Avalanche in 2013.

Green directed the horror sequel Halloween (2018), produced by Jason Blum, executive produced by John Carpenter, and co-written by Green and Danny McBride.[7][8]


Green's favorite films are, in order, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Gravy Train, The Bad News Bears, Deliverance, Nashville and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[9]

It has been suggested, even by the director himself, that Green's films take a lot of influence from the works of fellow Texan Terrence Malick.[10] Malick himself served as an executive producer of Green's 2004 film Undertow. Green has suggested that no other director had used voice-over narration so well, citing Malick's classic 1978 film Days of Heaven as the principal source of inspiration for Undertow.[citation needed]

In 2006 Green was the opening night guest at the CineYouth Festival – a film festival celebrating the work of youth filmmakers and presented by Cinema/Chicago also the presenting organization behind the Chicago International Film Festival.[citation needed]


Feature films[edit]

Year Films Director Writer Producer
2000 George Washington Yes Yes Yes
2003 All the Real Girls Yes Yes No
2004 Undertow Yes Yes No
2007 Snow Angels Yes Yes No
Shotgun Stories No No Yes
Great World of Sound No No Yes
2008 Pineapple Express Yes No No
2011 Your Highness Yes No No
The Sitter Yes No No
The Catechism Cataclysm No No Yes
2013 Prince Avalanche Yes Yes Yes
Joe Yes No Yes
2014 Manglehorn Yes No Yes
2015 Our Brand Is Crisis Yes No No
Hot Sugar's Cold World No No Yes
2016 Goat No Yes No
2017 Stronger Yes No No
2018 Halloween[11] Yes Yes Executive

Executive producer only[edit]

Year Films
2012 The Comedy
Nature Calls
See Girl Run
2014 Camp X-Ray
Land Ho!
2015 Booger Red
When Elephants Fight
2016 Donald Cried
2017 Flower
2018 An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

Short films[edit]

Year Films Credited as
Director Writer Producer
1997 Pleasant Grove Yes Yes No
1998 Physical Pinball Yes Yes No


Year Films Credited as
Director Writer Executive producer Notes
2009–13 Eastbound & Down Yes No Yes Directed 12 episodes
2011 Good Vibes No Yes Yes Series co-creator
2014 Chozen No No Yes
2014–17 Red Oaks Yes No Yes Directed 6 episodes
2016–17 Vice Principals Yes No Yes Directed 8 episodes
2017 There's... Johnny! Yes No Yes Directed 2 episodes


  1. ^ "Encyclopediaofarkansas.net". Encyclopediaofarkansas.net. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  2. ^ "Pierces.org". Pierces.org. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  3. ^ Fuchs, Cynthia. "Interview with David Gordon Green and Paul Schneider: All the Real Girls". PopMatters.
  4. ^ "Halloween director David Gordon Green talks anxiety, Charleston, and John Carpenter". Charleston City Paper. 10/24/2018. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ indieWIRE: PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Quiet Anger: David Gordon Green's "Snow Angels" Archived February 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "WIP turns Green with 2 projects". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  7. ^ "David Gordon Green and Danny McBride Rebooting 'Halloween' for October 2018 - Bloody Disgusting". bloody-disgusting.com.
  8. ^ Galluzzo, Rob. "David Gordon Green, Danny McBride Will Direct/Write The New HALLOWEEN Movie For Blumhouse!". Blumhouse. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Firstshowing.net". Firstshowing.net. 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  10. ^ The Charlie Rose Show, PBS, episode aired 2000. Available on George Washington DVD. New York: The Criterion Collection, 2001.
  11. ^ "David Gordon Green & Danny McBride's 2018 Halloween Sequel Will Ignore Most of the Franchise". Slashfilm. 2017-02-12. Retrieved 2017-04-16.

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