David Robert Mitchell

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David Robert Mitchell
David Robert Mitchell.jpg
David Robert Mitchell in 2010
Born (1974-10-19) October 19, 1974 (age 44)
Alma materFlorida State University
Years active2002–present

David Robert Mitchell (born October 19, 1974)[1] is an American film director and writer. He received recognition as a director after completing his second feature, the critically acclaimed horror film It Follows (2014).

Early life and education[edit]

Mitchell was born in Clawson, Michigan.[2] He graduated from Florida State University with an MFA in Production.[3]


Mitchell's first film was the coming-of-age drama The Myth of the American Sleepover (2010). Adele Romanski, a friend of Mitchell's from film school who would later win an Academy Award for Moonlight, served as one of the producers. In an interview, Mitchell said that the film cost about $50,000.[4]

Four years later, he directed the supernatural horror film It Follows. The film was acclaimed by critics and commercially successful considering its low, independent film budget.[5][6]

Mitchell served as a jury member in the International Critics' Week section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[7]

His latest film is Under the Silver Lake, a modern noir comedy-drama film set in Los Angeles and starring Andrew Garfield.[8]



Year Title Notes
2002 Virgin Short film
Director and writer
2010 The Myth of the American Sleepover Director, writer, and producer
2014 It Follows Director, writer, and producer
2018 Under the Silver Lake Director and writer


  1. ^ "David Robert Mitchell". La Semaine de la Critique of Festive Cannes. Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Adam Graham (20 March 2015). "David Robert Mitchell brings the spooky to Detroit". Detroit News. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  3. ^ David Robert Mitchell (7 April 2015). "IT FOLLOWS director David Robert Mitchell here. AMA". Reddit IAMA. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  4. ^ Anton, Mike. "David Robert Mitchell, Writer/Director of 'The Myth of the American Sleepover'". The Film Stage.
  5. ^ Press, The Associated (27 March 2015). "Indie Horror Movie 'It Follows' Gets Wide Theater Release". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  6. ^ Andy Crump (2015-03-17). "The Feeling of Following: An Interview with David Robert Mitchell". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  7. ^ "Jurys 2016 | La Semaine de la Critique of Festival de Cannes". Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  8. ^ Chitwood, Adam (2016-05-04). "Andrew Garfield Teaming with It Follows Director for Noir". Collider. Retrieved 2016-09-07.

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