Brooklyn-born filmmaker known for being the writer and director of critically-acclaimed films like 2005's The Squid and the Whale and 2013's Frances Ha. His screenplay for The Squid and the Whale was named the year's best by critics groups like the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review.
He worked as a messenger for The New Yorker and made his feature debut as a writer and director with 1995's Kicking and Screaming.
He co-wrote the Wes Anderson films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
He co-wrote Frances Ha with his partner Greta Gerwig, whom also starred in the film.