Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris made their feature film directorial debut with LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE in 2006.
The married team began their careers by directing the pioneering MTV show, “The Cutting Edge.” They continued to work at the leading edge of music television, directing award-winning videos and documentaries for artists including REM, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, The Smashing Pumpkins, Macy Gray, Oasis, Weezer and The Ramones. Their music productions ultimately earned them two Grammy Awards, nine MTV Music Video Awards and a Billboard Music “Director of the Year” Award.
In addition, Jonathan and Valerie have worked extensively in television, including directing episodes of the ground breaking sketch comedy series “Mr. Show with Bob and David” for HBO. They also produced two feature films: the documentary THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATIONPART II: THE METAL YEARS for New Line Cinema and Jane’s Addiction GIFT for Warner Bros. Music.
In 1998, Jonathan and Valerie co-founded Bob Industries, where they have directed high profile television ads for VW, Sony Playstation, Gap, Target, Ikea, Apple and ESPN, among many others.