Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton made their feature film directorial debut with the critical and commercial hit Little Miss Sunshine, which received four Academy Awards® nominations including Best Picture. They also directed the film Battle of the Sexes, starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone.
The married team began their careers by directing the groundbreaking MTV music documentary show The Cutting Edge. They’ve directed music videos and documentaries for numerous artists, winning two GRAMMY® Awards and nine MTV Video Music Awards. They also directed episodes of the legendary sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David for HBO. They recently directed the entire season of the Netflix comedy Living with Yourself starring Paul Rudd.
Dayton and Faris co-founded Bob Industries, a commercial production company, where they have directed television ads for Apple, Old Spice, AT&T, VW, Sony PlayStation, Gap, Target, IKEA, NBA and ESPN, among many others.