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Charlie McDowell

director The One I love, Silicon Valley; co-writer/director The Discovery

After attending American Film Institute’s Directing program, Charlie McDowell went on to direct his first feature film, THE ONE I LOVE, which had its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It went on to play at some of the top film festivals in the world including Sarasota (where Charlie won the Breakthrough Director award), Tribeca, Seattle International, and Sundance London.  Radius / The Weinstein Company bought the film at Sundance and released it domestically in August 2014 to strong reviews.


That same year, Charlie took his wildly successful Twitter feed, “Dear GirlsAbove Me”, (which was ranked 6th on TIME Magazine’s top Twitter accounts of 2012), and turned it into a book with the same title.  Dear Girls Above Me is a comedic look at a young man who can hear the young women who live in the apartment above him, as they talk about their comings and goings in Los Angeles.  It was released by The Crown Publishing Group and received glowing reviews. It has since gone on to second edition printing.


In 2016, Charlie reunited with THE ONE I LOVE screenwriter, Justin Lader, to co-write and direct THE DISCOVERY.  The film stars Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, and Robert Redford.  Netflix will release the film worldwide in 2017, which includes a theatrical run.


TV directing credits include two episodes of Emmy nominated SILICON VALLEY and UNTITLED SARAH SILVERMAN pilot for HBO.

My Panelists Sessions

Friday, October 14

1:30pm CDT

Saturday, October 15

1:15pm CDT