J.C. Chandor


WRITER/DIRECTOR: A Most Violent Year


A Most Violent Year is a thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.


J.C. Chandor has honed his own subtle yet distinct narrative voice and vision over the past 15 years through directing, producing and writing award-winning documentaries, commercials and narrative films.


Chandor was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his debut feature film Margin Call (2011), which he also directed. The film has a star-studded ensemble cast and was awarded ‘Best Directorial Debut’ by the National Board of Review, ‘Breakthrough Director’ by the New York Film Critics Circle, ‘Best Original Screenplay’ by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and won an Australian Academy Award for ‘Best Screenplay.’ The film received the ‘Best First Feature Award’ as well as the ‘Robert Altman Award’ at the Independent Spirit Awards and was also named one of the top 10 films of 2011 in publications such as The New york Times, Rolling Stone, New york Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Post, and The Huffington Post.


In May of 2013, Chandor premiered his second film All Is Lost, starring Robert Reford, in Official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. It received a nine minute standing ovation and was released worldwide to near universal critical acclaim. The film went on to collect many accolades including ‘Best Actor’ by the New York Film Critics Circle, Golden Globe for ‘Best Original Score,’ nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and four Independent Spirit Awards including, ‘Best Picture,’ ‘Best Director,’ and ‘Best Actor.’


Chandor is currently in post production on his third film A Most Violent Year starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, which will be distributed worldwide in the fall of 2014.


A few of Chandor’s other notable non-feature credits include a six-part concert film series for AOL/Warner Brothers featuring Sting, Elton John, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Chandor’s commercial work over the years has included projects for a long list of clients including: Subaru motors of America, Red Bull Racing, Major League Soccer, BMW-Oracle Racing, and Carhartt Outdoor Clothing. He is also currently has feature film projects in development with Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros Pictures, Lionsgate, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Universal Pictures.


Chandor holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Film Studies from the College of Wooster in Ohio and studied film production at New York University. He grew up in the suburbs of New York City and London, England, and currently lives outside New York City with his wife, painter Cameron Goodyear, and their two children.