Noah Baumbach is a filmmaker who has yet to make a disappointing picture. Since he began making features in 1995, Baumbach has churned out a a number of impressive films, usually in the form of independent comedies/dramas.

 

Baumbach grew up the son of two writers: the novelist/film critic Jonathan Baumbach and the critic Georgia Brown. Growing up in a family so invested in the entertainment industry, it was only a matter of time before he would join the business himself.

 

His debut feature was 1995’s “Kicking and Screaming.” While the film did little at the box office, this feature about aging college students refusing to move on to the real world received mostly positive critical acclaim, and is generally considered to be an impressive first feature.

 

He would follow up his debut with the films “Highball” and “Mr. Jealousy.” Neither of these films made much of a splash, and to this day few outside of Baumbach’s diehard fans have even seen them.

 

The early work of Baumbach did catch the eye of a few key players in the indie film scene, including fellow director, Wes Anderson. Baumbach was brought on as a co-writer for Anderson’s fourth film, “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” Baumbach’s fine work on that film made for a lasting relationship with Anderson that has resulted in two films since.

 

(Related: Film Director Profile: Wes Anderson)

 

After “The Life Aquatic,” Baumbach made the Anderson-produced “The Squid and the Whale.” This exceptional film about two bright boys trying to deal with their parents’ divorce is firmly anchored in Baumbach’s own life, and is considered the breakout film of his career. Made for a meager $1.5 million, “The Squid and the Whale” made over $11 million at the box office and was almost universally praised by critics.

 

Baumbach then made the minor film “Margot at the Wedding” before going on to co-write “Fantastic Mr. Fox” in 2009, again for Anderson.

 

Next, Baumbach went on to make “Greenberg.” Starring Ben Stiller, “Greenberg” was one of the best films of 2010 and proved that “The Squid and the Whale” was far from a fluke. With serious characters and moments of genuine drama to go along with the comedy, “Greenberg” is an underrated film that more people need to see.

 

Last year, Baumbach’s film “Frances Ha” was released in the United States. Starring his girlfriend and co-writer, Gretta Gerwig, this black-and-white comedy is as charming as anything you are going to see. With clear Woody Allen influences, “Frances Ha” is an indie that is loved by many and loathed by pretty much no one.

 

Baumbach’s next picture is “While We’re Young,” set for release later this year.

 

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