James Ponsoldt

James Ponsoldt was raised in Athens, Georgia, and is an alumnus of Columbia University's Graduate School of Film, His first feature, Off the Black, premiered at Sundance in 2006; his second, Smashed, won a Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Festival, received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for lead Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and went on to critical acclaim worldwide. Ponsoldt also writes for Filmmaker Magazine and co-wrote the award-winning graphic novel, Refresh, Refresh. His most recent film, The Spectacular Now, received a Special Jury Prize at the the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and is currently in theaters via A24 Films.