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Born: October 20, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: producer, music video director, film director

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The husband and wife directing team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris worked so well together for so long that the two might as well have melded into one directing entity. Their first feature effort, "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006), a quirky, but emotionally resonant black comedy about a dysfunctional family who go on a road trip to bring their youngest member (Abigail Breslin) to a competitive kiddie beauty pageant, gained the former award-winning commercial and music video directors widespread notoriety, and several award nominations. Prior to their feature debut, Dayton and Faris were the go-to team to direct music videos for bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins and R.E.M. On the commercial side, Dayton and Faris were used by such corporate behemoths as Mercedes, Miller Lite and Apple, Inc. But it was the surprise summer success of the low-budget "Little Miss Sunshine" that vaulted them into the Hollywood spotlight, turning the couple into a highly sought after directing team.

The husband and wife directing team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris worked so well together for so long that the two might as well have melded into one directing entity. Their first feature effort, "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006), a quirky, but emotionally resonant black comedy about a dysfunctional family who go on a road trip to bring their youngest member (Abigail Breslin) to a competitive kiddie beauty pageant, gained the former award-winning commercial and music video directors widespread notoriety, and several award nominations. Prior to their feature debut, Dayton and Faris were the go-to team to direct music videos for bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins and R.E.M. On the commercial side, Dayton and Faris were used by such corporate behemoths as Mercedes, Miller Lite and Apple, Inc. But it was the surprise summer success of the low-budget "Little Miss Sunshine" that vaulted them into the Hollywood spotlight, turning the couple into a highly sought after directing team.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Ruby Sparks (2012)
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  Two Rooms: Tribute to Elton John & Bernie Taupin (1991) Director (Stallone Segments)

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Produced music videos for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and R.E.M.
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Directed commercials for GAP, Target, Apple Computer, and ESPN
1988:
Produced the documentary feature "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years"
1996:
Won six MTV Video Music Awards for Smashing Pumpkins┬┐ "Tonight Tonight"
1998:
Directed episodes of the HBO show "Mr. Show with Bob & David"
1998:
Established production company Bob Industries, with husband Jonathan Dayton
2006:
Feature directing debut with the indie hit, "Little Miss Sunshine" a dramedy about a dysfunctional family's road trip to a child beauty pageant; earned a nomination from the Directors Guild of America
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

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