Nicholas Jarecki

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Nicholas Jarecki
Born (1979-06-25) June 25, 1979 (age 39)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationFilm director, producer, writer
Years active1995–present
Notable work
The Outsider, The Informers, Arbitrage

Nicholas Jarecki (born June 25, 1979) is an American film director, producer, and writer best known for his 2012 feature film Arbitrage.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Jarecki was born on June 25, 1979 in New York City, to Henry Jarecki and Marjorie Heidsieck.[1] He has three brothers, finance executive Thomas A. Jarecki and fellow filmmakers Andrew Jarecki and Eugene Jarecki (Andrew and Eugene are half-brothers).[1] His father is Jewish and his mother is from a Catholic background.[2]

At 16 he was hired as a technical consultant on the 1995 film Hackers, where his job was to consult with the actors and director about computer hacking. Jarecki took an interest in filmmaking on the set of Hackers, recalling, "I kept noticing that there was this guy that the actors seemed to really look up to and respect, so I asked 'Who's that?' and they told me he was the director. Then I knew it was clear what I wanted to do."[3]

At 19 Jarecki graduated from New York University and went on to try directing music videos to get noticed in the film community. After no one expressed interest in his video services he decided to interview his favorite directors to see how they got their start. A literary agent introduced by a family friend liked the idea and got Jarecki a $50,000 advance from Doubleday to write the 2001 book, Breaking In: How 20 Film Directors Got Their Start.[4]

In 2005 Jarecki produced, directed, and edited his first feature film The Outsider in which he followed director James Toback on the 12-day shoot of his thriller When Will I Be Loved.[5] Showtime acquired the film and it made its television premiere during August 2007. Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment label acquired the home video rights.[6] The Outsider has been received well, currently holding 69% on Rotten Tomatoes[7] and generally favorable reviews on Metacritic.[8]

Jarecki worked with Toback again in 2008, serving as an executive producer for his documentary Tyson.[9] In the same year he served as an executive producer for The Informers[10] which he co-wrote with novelist Bret Easton Ellis (whose novel the film was based on) and was even set to direct it at one point.[11]

The following year Jarecki founded Beat Sheet Central, a popular script writing resource.[12] He returned to directing and writing with the 3-minute short film The Weight in 2009 as well.[13]

At the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 Jarecki debuted the first feature film he both wrote and directed, Arbitrage.[14] starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and Brit Marling.[15] Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions acquired the film[16] and it opened in US theaters September 2012.[17] Arbitrage was praised by critics receiving an 87% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the top 20 reviewed films of the year. It won a number of awards including the National Board of Review for "Top 10 Independent Films," as well as a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Actor – Drama" for its star, Richard Gere.[18][19] The film was also a commercial success; although made inexpensively, it grossed over $48 million in worldwide box office and VOD.[20]

It was announced in October 2012 that his next film would be Fuel, "a detective story set in Los Angeles amid a futuristic world of electric vehicles and alternative energy."[21]

In February 2019, it was announced Jarecki would direct, write, and produce Dreamland, starring Armie Hammer and Gary Oldman.[22]


Year Film Credited as Note
Director Executive producer Producer Editor Writer
1995 Hackers Uncredited technical consultant.
2005 The Outsider (documentary) Yes Yes Yes
2008 Tyson (documentary) Yes
2008 The Informers Yes Yes Co-written with Bret Easton Ellis.
2009 The Weight (short) Yes Yes Co-written with Jonathan Levine.
2012 Arbitrage Yes Yes Nominated—San Sebastián International Film Festival for Golden Shell
2020 Dreamland Yes Yes Yes Filming


  • Breaking In: How 20 Film Directors Got Their Start (ISBN 0767906748) (2001)


  1. ^ a b Anderson, John (August 31, 2012). "And the Rich Shall Inherit the Woes". The New York Times.
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  4. ^ Time
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  6. ^ Variety
  7. ^ Rotten Tomatoes
  8. ^ Metacritic
  9. ^ IMDb
  10. ^ IMDb
  11. ^ The New York Times
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  13. ^ IMDb
  14. ^ The Hollywood Reporter
  15. ^ IMDb
  16. ^ The Hollywood Reporter
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  18. ^ "Arbitrage". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  19. ^ "Arbitrage". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  20. ^ "Arbitrage (2012)". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  21. ^ Variety
  22. ^ Ritman, Alex (February 6, 2019). "Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly Team for Opioid Thriller 'Dreamland'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

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