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Jonathan Dayton (born 7 July 1957 in Alameda County, Californiamarker) and Valerie Faris (born 20 October 1958 in Los Angeles County, California) are a team of music video directors, also husband and wife who received critical acclaim for their feature film directorial debut, Little Miss Sunshine.


Jonathan Dayton, grew up in Grass Valley, Californiamarker. After graduating from Ygnacio Valley High Schoolmarker in Concordmarker, Californiamarker, attended the UCLA Film School, studying film and television in the late-1970s; while there, he met Valerie Faris, a dance student, who became his wife and his partner. As a pair, they have directed and produced music videos, documentaries, commercials and films. They have received international fame for their music videos for bands such as Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, and R.E.M.. They won six MTV Video Music Awards for the video "Tonight Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins. In 1998 they established a production company, "Bob Industries". Through this company the pair directed commercials for companies such as Volkswagen, Sony, GAP, Target, Ikea, Apple Computermarker, and ESPN. They have broadened their horizons through television work ("Mr. Show") and film direction (Little Miss Sunshine). The latter won the Audience Award at the 2006 Sydney Film festival and an ovation at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

In December 2006, Variety announced that the team's next project would be a screen adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel The Abstinence Teacher for Warner Independent Pictures. As of October 2007, Perrotta was writing the film's screenplay with input from Dayton and Faris.






Executive Producers


Live Action Directors


Special Projects

  • The Check Up (2005) - branded content short for Volkswagen of America created by Arnold Worldwide, Bostonmarker and starring Joe Pantoliano and Kevin Connolly
  • "Janet", Documentary - Virgin (Directors)
  • REM Tour Film "Green" - C-Hundred Films (Line Producers)
  • Jane's Addiction Concert Clip - Warner(Prod/Directors)
  • Counting Crows Rocumentary - Geffen (Prod/Directors)
  • Interview for "Sting Unplugged" - Polydor (Prod/Directors)
  • Joe Satriani Documentary - G3 (Prod/Directors)
  • "The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow" - In House (Prod/Directors)
  • Janet Jackson's 1814:Rhythm Nation - A&M Records (Prod/Directors)
  • Rough Cut (starring R.E.M.) - Documentary


  • Directors Guild of Americamarker Award nomination for Little Miss Sunshine (Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures)
  • BAFTA nomination for Little Miss Sunshine (David Lean Award for Direction)
  • Independent Spirit Award for Little Miss Sunshine (Director)
  • Best Director at Tokyo International Film Festival for Little Miss Sunshine
  • ANDY Award for Sony PlayStation "Gravity Bomb" (Advertising Club of New York)
  • Sony PlayStation "Gravity Bomb" (Clio Award)
  • Sony PlayStation campaign: "Gravity Bomb / Tractor Beam" (2004 Winner Advertising Club of New York)
  • Sony PlayStation campaign: "Gravity Boots, Gravity Bomb, Tractor Beam" (Clio Award)
  • Director of the Year (Billboard Music Award, 2000)
  • Best Direction, "Californication" (MTV Video Music Awards)
  • 9 Nominations for "Freak On A Leash" (MTV Video Music Awards)
  • 4 Nominations for The Smashing Pumpkins "The End Is The Beginning Is The End" (MTV Video Music Awards)
  • 5 Nominations for "Californication" (MTV Video Music Awards)
  • Best Short Form Video, "Freak On A Leash" (Grammy Awards)
  • Nomination for Oasis "All Around the World" (Grammy Awards)
  • Nomination for The Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight Tonight" (Grammy Awards)
  • 6 Awards for The Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight Tonight" (MTV Video Music Awards)
  • Best Alternative Video for The Smashing Pumpkins "1979" (MTV Video Music Awards)
  • 3 Nominations for Porno for Pyros "Pets" (MTV Video Music Awards)
  • Best Alternative Video for Jane's Addiction "Been Caught Stealing" (MTV Video Music Awards)
  • Best Longform Video for Janet Jackson "Rhythm Nation 1814" (Grammy Awards)


  • "I think of music videos as commercials for songs." Valerie Faris, The New York Times


  1. LaPorte, Nicole, and Pamela McClintock. "'Sunshine' duo in talks for next feature: Dayton, Faris may adapt 'Abstinence Teacher'", Variety, 2006-12-06. Retrieved on 2007-07-07.
  2. Schwartz, Missy. "The Q&A: Tom Perrotta: His Novel Take on Suburban Life", Entertainment Weekly, 2007-10-15. Retrieved on 2007-10-20.
  3. Champagne, Christine. "Arnold Worldwide, Dayton/Faris Give Volkswagen "The Check Up": Short Premieres At Sundance, Featured Attraction On Interactive DVD", Shoot, vol. 46 no. 4, 2005-02-11; mov.

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