BioJonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris make their feature film directorial debut with LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. However, the married team has already built an impressive body of innovative projects as directors and producers in a variety of mediums, collaborating together on over 75 projects in film, television, commercials and music videos.
Jonathan and Valerie began their careers creating and directing the pioneering MTV show, “The Cutting Edge.” They continued to work at the leading edge of music television, directing award-winning videos and documentaries for artists including REM, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, The Smashing Pumpkins, Macy Gray, Janet Jackson, Oasis, Weezer and The Ramones. Their music productions ultimately earned them two Grammy Awards, nine MTV Music Video Awards and a Billboard Music “Director of the Year” Award.
In addition, Jonathan and Valerie have worked extensively in television, including directing episodes of the groundbreaking sketch comedy series “Mr. Show with Bob and David” for HBO. They also produced two feature films: the documentary THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART II: THE METAL YEARS for New Line Cinema and Jane’s Addiction’s GIFT for Warner Bros. Music.
In 1998, Jonathan and Valerie co-founded Bob Industries, one of the country’s leading commercial production companies, where they have directed high profile television ads for VW, Sony Playstation, Gap, Target, Ikea, Apple and ESPN, among many others. In 2004, Boards Magazine placed Dayton and Faris among the top ten directors working in commercials today.