Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff most noteably directed the film Ghost World based on the Daniel Clowes's underground comic strip. Zwigoff was born in Appleton, Wisconsin and is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate.
Roles in films like Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers solidify Gene Wilder as one the most noteable Wisconsinites connected to Hollywood. Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin as Jerome Silberman, Wilder gained recognition as a theater actor before meeting Mel Brooks. Brooks became one Wilder's best friends and provided him with some of this most notable film roles. Though Wilder is most known as an actor, he also wrote and directed a few films including writing Young Frankenstein and directing The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother.
Milwaukee native Mark Borchardt began filmmaking as a 14 year old with a super-8 camera. Borchardt may be most recognizable from the film American Movie, a documentary not by Borchardt but about his issues producing the film Coven. Borchardt's newest work The Dundee Project premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival.
A director and writer, Rob Schrab most notably wrote for The Sarah Silverman Program, and the film Monster House. Schrab hasn't directed any feature films but has directed episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program, Community, Parks and Recreation, and many more. Schrab was born in Mayville, Wisconsin and is a constant collaborater with fellow Wisconsinite Dan Harmon.
Joel Hodgson may be Wisconsin's most beloved geek. A comedian and writer, Hodgson is the creator of the cult favorite show Mystery Science Theater 3000. A Wisconsinite, Hodgson was born in Stevens Point.
Marc Webb was born in Indiana, but moved to Wisconsin at just one year old. Webb grew up in Madison, where he graduated from high school and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A creator of countless music videos, he has worked with bands like Weezer, Santana, The Pussycat Dolls, and many more. Webb is also the director of (500) Days of Summer and The Amazing Spiderman.
One of the biggest names in Hollywood, Zack Snyder is the director of Batman V Superman, Watchmen, and the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead. Snyder may be the most recognizable Wisconsin filmmaker, born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The fifth most successful screenwriter of all time in terms of the U.S. box office, David Koepp wrote the screenplays for Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and a number of other successes. Koepp was born in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee filmmaker George Tillman Jr., is the director of the films Soul Food and Notorious. "Catching the bug" early on, Tillman started working with film at the age of eight. Tillman has been nominated for the Black Film Award and the Black Reel Award.
Nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Director on his film Chicago, Rob Marshall is most noted for his films in the musical genre. Marshall directed the successful musicals Nine, Into the Woods, and the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. Marshall was born in Madison.
Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker are a comedy directing trio and lifelong friends from Shorewood, Wisconsin. The trio directed one of the most celebrated comedies of all time, Airplane!.
Beloved comedian Dan Harmon is the creator of multiple cult comedy programs, including Community and Rick and Morty. Harmon was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and briefly attended Glendale Community College, the inspiration for the show Community.
A life as interesting as his films, Losey was blacklisted in America during the "red scare" of the 1950's. In his early years he attended two ivy league colleges, and grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Losey's films include The Servant and The Go-Between.
Working in the B-movie genre, Bill Rebane is a celebrated master of gaudy cinema. Rebane was born in Latvia but is a true Wisconsin filmmaker, living here his entire adult life. Rebane's repertoire includes the The Giant Spider Invasion, a film shot almost entirely in Stevens Point.
Quite possibly the best filmmaker of all time, Orson Welles was born in Kenosha. Orson Welles wrote and directed Citizen Kane, widely regarded as the best film of all time.
Nicholas Ray may be best known for his classic Rebel Without a Cause, but is also regarded as one of America's most important filmmakers. The French New Wave artist Jean-Luc Godard famously was quoted saying, "cinema is Nicholas Ray." Ray was born in Galesville.
Named by critic Leonard Maltin as "the greatest American director who is not a household name," Howard Hawks left a mark as a renaissance filmmaker, creating work in all genres. Hawks work often portrayed a strong, tough-talking female, creating the film term- the "Hawksian woman." Hawks grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin.