Valerie Jean Faris

Director/Producer with Jonathan Dayton as Dayton/Faris: Commercials: Energizer, Volkswagen, ESPN, Gap, Mountain Dew, Miller Lite. Features: Little Miss Sunshine (director); Gift (producer); Decline of Western Civilization, Part II: the Metal Years (producer). Documentaries: Rough Cut (R.E.M.). Music Videos: Travis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Beastie Boys, Korn, Smashing Pumpkins, Janet Jackson, Jane's Addiction, R.E.M. Television: Mr. Show with Bob and Dave. 11 MTV Awards: Best Direction; Video of the Year; Breakthrough Video. 2 Grammy Awards.
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DGA Quarterly
DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Shot to Remember Little Miss Sunshine
Road Trip Gone Awry
The directors of Little Miss Sunshine deconstruct a crucial meltdown in the indie sensation of 2006.
DGA Quarterly Magazine Directing Sports Valerie Faris Jonathan Dayton Battle of the Sexes
Problem Solving
Resurrecting famous athletes in their prime is no mean feat for directors Brian Helgeland, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton
DGA Quarterly Magazine Landline Robespierre
Directors Nicole Holofcener, Gillian Robespierre, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton discuss how intimate family dramas about dysfunctional families continue to assert their place at the big-screen table.
DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Screening Room
Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Little Miss Sunshine's Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris explain why George Cukor's Holiday is the model of the romantic comedy for them.
DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Commercials
Commercial Directors and New Technology
Thanks to CGI and new technology, anything is possible for commercial directors, who are making the most exciting 30-second films around.
DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Indie Think Tank
Independent Directors and New Media
The Think Tank of the Independent Directors Committee is asking big questions about how indie directors can reach an audience in the Web 2.0 era.