Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and director of the films Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine, and I'm Not There.
He studied semiotics at Brown University, where he directed his first short film Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud.
His 2002 film Far From Heaven, which he wrote and directed, earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Screenplay.
His mother Sherry made a brief appearance in his film I'm Not There.
His 2007 film I'm Not There featured several different actors portraying legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.