David Gordon Green

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David Gordon Green
David Gordon Green (cropped).jpg
Green in 2013
Born (1975-04-09) April 9, 1975 (age 41)
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Residence Austin, Texas
Alma mater University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Occupation Film director, film producer, television producer, screenwriter
Years active 1997–present

David Gordon Green (born April 9, 1975) is an American filmmaker. He has directed dramas such as George Washington, All the Real Girls, and Snow Angels, as well as the thriller Undertow, all of which he wrote or co-wrote. In 2008, he transitioned into comedy, directing the films Pineapple Express and Your Highness, as well as episodes of the HBO comedy Eastbound & Down. In 2013, he returned to his more dramatic roots with the independent film Prince Avalanche. Since then, he has worked between the two genres, directing the films Joe, Manglehorn and Our Brand Is Crisis, and episodes of the television comedy-drama Red Oaks, which he also executive produces.


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 and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied film directing.[3] He currently lives in Austin.[4]

Film and TV work[edit]

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 in 2003 with All the Real Girls 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 2007[5] and stars Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. It was released by Warner Independent Pictures.[6]

Green was intended to direct the film version of the John Kennedy Toole novel A Confederacy of Dunces, but never actually began production due to difficulties pertaining to the publishing rights[7] In March 2007, it was reported that Warner Independent Pictures had inked a deal with Green to write and direct a screen adaptation of the nonfiction John Grisham book The Innocent Man.[6] Green took a turn toward the mainstream with the Seth Rogen buddy comedy Pineapple Express and the HBO series Eastbound & Down, for which he directed twelve episodes and served as a consulting producer. He will produce the Slasher flick Splatter Sisters,[8] which stars Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson.[9] Green will direct the US remake of the Italian cult classic film Suspiria.[10] 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 will direct Halloween, a reboot of the horror film series, which Green will co-write with Danny McBride and have produced by Jason Blum and John Carpenter for a possible 2018 release. [11]


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.[12]

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.[13] 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 Credited as
Director Writer Producer
2000 George Washington Yes Yes Yes
2003 All the Real Girls Yes Yes
2004 Undertow Yes Yes
2007 Snow Angels Yes Yes
Shotgun Stories Yes
Great World of Sound Yes
2008 Pineapple Express Yes
2011 Your Highness Yes
The Sitter Yes
The Catechism Cataclysm Yes
2012 The Comedy Executive
Compliance Executive
Nature Calls Executive
See Girl Run Executive
2013 Prince Avalanche Yes Yes Yes
Joe Yes Yes
2014 Camp X-Ray Executive
Land Ho! Executive
Manglehorn Yes Yes
2015 Our Brand Is Crisis Yes
2016 Goat Yes
2017 Stronger Yes

Short films[edit]

Year Films Credited as
Director Writer Producer
1997 Pleasant Grove Yes Yes
1998 Physical Pinball Yes Yes


Year Films Credited as
Director Writer Producer Notes
2009–2013 Eastbound & Down Yes Executive Directed 12 episodes
2011 Good Vibes Yes Executive Series co-creator
2014 Chozen Executive
2014–present Red Oaks Yes Executive Directed 4 episodes
2016–present Vice Principals Executive


  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. ^ Austin Monthly
  5. ^ indieWIRE: PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Quiet Anger: David Gordon Green's "Snow Angels" Archived February 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b "WIP turns Green with 2 projects". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  7. ^ Head, Steve (2003-06-25). "IGN: Photos: Staged Reading of A Confederacy of Dunces". Filmforce.ign.com. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  8. ^ 'Splatter Sisters' Plot Details, Manson and Wood's Roles Detailed
  9. ^ Marilyn Manson Forming Death Metal Band for 'Splatter Sisters'
  10. ^ Dario Argento Signs Off on 'Susipria' Redo (Barely)
  11. ^ http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3424120/david-gordon-green-danny-mcbride-rebooting-halloween-october-2018/
  12. ^ "Firstshowing.net". Firstshowing.net. 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  13. ^ The Charlie Rose Show, PBS, episode aired 2000. Available on George Washington DVD. New York: The Criterion Collection, 2001.

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