J. C. Chandor

Jeffrey McDonald Chandor (born November 24, 1973), better known as J. C. Chandor (/ˈʃændɔːr/), is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for writing and directing the films Margin Call (2011), All Is Lost (2013), A Most Violent Year (2014) and Triple Frontier (2019).

J. C. Chandor
Jeffrey McDonald Chandor[1]

(1973-11-24) November 24, 1973 (age 47)
Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Alma materCollege of Wooster
  • Film director
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
Years active2002–present
Notable work
Margin Call (2011)
All Is Lost (2013)
A Most Violent Year (2014)
Triple Frontier (2019)
Mary Cameron Goodyear
(m. 2004)

Life and careerEdit

Chandor grew up in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, New Jersey.[3] He is the son of Mary (McDonald) and Jeff Chandor, an investment banker.[4][5] After graduating in 1992 from Ridge High School in Bernards Township,[6] he received his bachelor's degree in 1996 from The College of Wooster.[7][8] During the 15 years leading up to Margin Call, Chandor directed commercials.[9]

Margin Call was Chandor's first feature-length film. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah; it also played In Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Bear. Margin Call was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards and won two of them: for Best First Feature and the Robert Altman Award for Best Cast. Chandor was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[10][11]

His second feature film All Is Lost was screened Out of Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[12][13] It received critical acclaim, especially for Robert Redford's solo performance which featured almost no dialogue, for which Redford won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Critics' Choice Award. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.

In 2014, Chandor directed Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year which was nominated for a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award and which won three National Board of Review awards: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Picture for Chandor and his producing partners Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb.[14]

In 2015, it was announced that Chandor had replaced Kathryn Bigelow as director for the crime film Triple Frontier.[15] The film released on Netflix in March 2019 to generally favorable reviews.

In 2020, it was announced that Chandor would direct a film based on Kraven the Hunter for the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters.[16]

Chandor runs the production company CounterNarrative Films with producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb in New York City. They have dozens of projects in various stages of development for film and television.


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2004 Despacito Yes Yes Yes Short film
2011 Margin Call Yes Yes No Feature directorial debut;
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
2013 All Is Lost Yes Yes No
2014 A Most Violent Year Yes Yes Yes
2019 Triple Frontier Yes Yes No Co-screenwriter with Mark Boal

As producer

As executive producer


  1. ^ Dixon, Wheeler Winston. Cinema at the Margins. Anthem Press. p. 146. ISBN 978-1783080168.
  2. ^ Schneider-Mayerson, Anna (May 24, 2004). "Countdown to Bliss". New York Observer. Engagement of Mary Cameron Goodyear and Jeffrey Chandor.
  3. ^ Elstein, Aaron. "Capturing Wall Street on the silver screen; One reason Margin Call expertly captures how investment bankers and traders look, sound and see the world is that its writer and director, J.C. Chandor, is a son of Wall Street. He was also inspired by other movies about business.", Crain's New York Business, November 6, 2011. Accessed June 19, 2013. "As a youth growing up in Basking Ridge, N.J., Mr. Chandor hung out on the Merrill Lynch's trading floor in lower Manhattan while his father, an investment banker, worked the phones making deals."
  4. ^ Perry, W. Jacob (September 30, 2011). "Ridge High grad directs new Hollywood thriller". Bernardsville News.
  5. ^ "ONTARIO - Ottawa - Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Funeral Homes Obituaries - 4". March 19, 2009. Virginia Francis McDonald obituary.
  6. ^ "Film by Ridge High alum, J.C. Chandor, critically accclaimed at Cannes", The Bernardsville News, May 24, 2013. Accessed June 19, 2013. "Chandor, a 1992 Ridge High School graduate, wrote and directed his first feature-length film released in 2011, the critically acclaimed Margin Call, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category."
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike (September 13, 2010). "'Margin Call' Director J.C. Chandor Snags Big Warner Bros Writing Gig From DiCaprio". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  8. ^ Dash, Eric (June 22, 2010). "Citi Goes Hollywood for Spacey and Crew". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
  9. ^ "Filmmaker J.C. Chandor on His 15-Year Journey to Make Margin Call", S.T. VanAirsdale, movieline, october 17, 2011
  10. ^ "The Competition of the 61st Berlinale". Berlinale. Archived from the original on 2011-01-21. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  11. ^ "Spacey, Moore and 3D in focus at Berlin film fest". Yahoo News. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  12. ^ McCarthy, Todd (May 22, 2013). "All Is Lost Cannes review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  13. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Sundance: A24 Acquiring J.C. Chandor-Helmed 'A Most Violent Year' With Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (June 29, 2015). "JC Chandor Circling Mark Boal-Scripted Hot-Button Drama 'Triple Frontier'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (2020-08-20). "Marvel's 'Kraven The Hunter' Movie At Sony Eyes 'Triple Frontier's J.C. Chandor As Director". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-08-20.

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