Moved extensively around the country with his parents as a child before settling in Darien, CT
Landed a summer advertising job on NYC's Madison Ave. at age 16
As an art student, discovered the work of Andy Warhol; inspired to start making films
Shot his first painterly, animated films with an 8 millimeter Kodak
Moved to Portland, OR at age 17 with family
Collaborated with future cinematographer Eric Edwards in high school film project "The Happy Organ"
Worked as an assistant to Ken Shapiro ("Groove Tube"), working on comedy scripts
Received credit for the sound on the comedy film "Property"
Made feature film directing debut in "Alice in Hollywood," an attempted screwball comedy that was never released
Moved back in with parents back in Darien, CT and worked for his father in a New Jersey warehouse
Moved to New York; created commercials for a Madison Ave. advertising firm
Short film "The Discipline of D.E." debuted at New York Film Festival
Returned to Portland, OR to write and direct films, commercials and music videos; also briefly taught film production at the Oregon Art Institute
Wrote, edited, and produced first widely acclaimed feature "Mala Noche"
Directed first film with a sizable budget "Drugstore Cowboy," made between $4 and $7 million; also first feature in color
Made rare TV appearance, interviewed by film critic Charles Champlin on "Champlin on Film" on Bravo
Wrote first original feature film screenplay "My Own Private Idaho"; also directed
Directed TV short "Thanksgiving Prayer," a segment of PBS compilation special "American Flash Cards"
Signed a contract with The Gap to film commercials
Helmed an adaptation of Tom Robbins' novel "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
Executive produced first film, Larry Clark's "Kids"
Directed first film he did not write,"To Die For" starring Nicole Kidman
Helmed mainstream drama "Good Will Hunting," co-written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck; received first Best Director Academy Award nomination
Signed to make a color version of "Psycho" using Joseph Stefano's original script
Directed Sean Connery in "Finding Forrester," about an African-American teen writing prodigy who finds a mentor in a reclusive author
Directed "Gerry," which starred and was written by Matt Damon and Casey Affleck; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
Wrote and directed "Elephant," which was inspired by the mass shootings at Columbine High School in April 1999; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
Helmed "Last Days," loosely based on the final hours of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain
Wrote and directed "Le Marais" segment of film anthology "Paris, je t'aime"
Helmed "Paranoid Park," a film about a teenage skateboarder who accidentally kills a security guard; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Director
Directed "Milk," a biography of openly gay San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk (Sean Penn)
Nominated for the 2008 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("Milk")
Nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing ("Milk")
Directed Mia Wasikowska, playing a terminally ill teenage girl in "Restless"
Executive produced Starz crime drama series "Boss," starring Kelsey Grammer
Directed "Promised Land"; film co-written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski based on a story by Dave Eggers