JAMES PONSOLDT (Writer/Director) is a filmmaker originally from
Athens, Georgia. A graduate of Yale and Columbia's MFA Film Program, Ponsoldt's
feature debut Off the Black - an insightful indie dramedy starring Nick Nolte -
premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. In 2009, Ponsoldt co--wrote the
award--winning graphic novel, "Refresh, Refresh" (selected by Alison Bechdel
for "The Best American Comics 2011").
Following his Sundance debut, Ponsoldt's three subsequent films premiered at the
same prestigious festival. Smashed (2012) emerged from the pack with a Special
Jury Prize, while Mary Elizabeth Winstead earned an Independent Spirit Award
nomination for her starring role. In 2013, Ponsoldt's film The Spectacular Now
also received a Sundance Special Jury Prize, and went on to garner two
Independent Spirit Awards nominations and a nod from the Gotham Awards. Warmly
received by critics and audiences alike, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley's
coming--of--age story was also named one of the top ten independent films of
2013 by the National Board of Review. Ponsoldt's last feature film The End
of the Tour, based on David Lipsky's novel "Although of Course You End Up
Becoming Yourself," was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and
led various critics circles to nominate Jason Segel for his portrayal of famed
author David Foster Wallace.
In addition to his work in feature films, Ponsoldt also writes for "Filmmaker"
magazine and directed episodes of the critically acclaimed series "Shameless"
and "Parenthood," as well as the pilot of Aziz Ansari's Netflix hit "Master of
None," the pilot of the upcoming Amazon series, "The Legend of Master Legend"
(starring John Hawkes), and the upcoming Fox pilot "Thin Ice" (from Elizabeth
Meriwether, the creator of "New Girl").
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