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      James Ponsoldt

      James Ponsoldt

      Highest Rated: 92% The End of the Tour (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 15% The Circle (2017)

      Birthday: May 31, 1975

      Birthplace: Athens, Georgia, USA

      James Ponsoldt's breakthrough film "The Spectacular Now" became an unexpected critical darling. Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Ponsoldt always knew he wanted to make movies. So after earning his Bachelor's degree from Yale University, he packed his bags and moved to New York City to attend the prestigious film program at Columbia. Ponsoldt made two well-received student short films while attending the school, "Coming Down the Mountain" (2003) and "Rush Tickets" (2003), both of which left him well-positioned to direct his first feature. That opportunity came in 2006 when "Off the Black," a drama about an aging alcoholic who forms an unlikely bond with a high school athlete, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Ponsoldt followed that film up with "We Saw Such Things" (2008), a documentary about a popular tourist attraction in Florida, and 2012's "Smashed," a drama about a young married couple and their mutual struggle with alcohol addiction. Then in 2013 Ponsoldt directed a film adaptation of the popular young adult novel The Spectacular Now. The movie, which starred Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, received overwhelmingly positive reviews after its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win the Festival's Special Jury Award for Acting. Ponsoldt's next film, 2015's "The End of the Tour," was a biographical drama about the late novelist, David Foster Wallace that starred Anna Chlumsky, Jesse Eisenberg, and Jason Segel as Wallace.

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      Off the Black


      James Ponsoldt SMASHED, l-r: James Ponsoldt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, 2012, ph: Oana Marian/©Sony Picture Classics THE SPECTACULAR NOW, director James Ponsoldt (left, green shirt), cinematographer Jess Hall (sitting), on set, 2013. ©A24 James Ponsoldt, Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller at arrivals for THE SPECTACULAR NOW Premiere, Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre, Los Angeles, CA July 30, 2013. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection James Ponsoldt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead at arrivals for SMASHED Premiere, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY October 4, 2012. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection



      34% 40% Summering Director,
      $55.9K 2022
      15% 21% The Circle Director,
      $20.5M 2017
      92% 82% The End of the Tour Director $3.0M 2015
      77% 68% Amira & Sam Executive Producer $30.8K 2014
      91% 76% The Spectacular Now Director $6.9M 2013
      83% 68% Smashed Director,
      $376.0K 2012
      66% 57% Off the Black Robby (Character),
      $24.0K 2006


      70% 82% Daisy Jones & the Six Executive Producer 2023
      82% 86% Shrinking Executive Producer 2023
      97% 94% Sorry For Your Loss Director 2018
      73% 100% The Legend of Master Legend Director 2017
      82% 82% Shameless Director 2014
      88% 95% Parenthood Director 2013