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AMPAS ’16: Valerie Faris

Valerie Faris (along with her husband, film partner Jonathan Dayton) is an American film director and music video director known for her feature film directorial debut, Little Miss Sunshine. The couple also directed the 2012 romantic comedy-drama Ruby Sparks.

A dance student and native of Los Angeles County, California, Faris met Dayton at UCLA and the pair married and partnered to direct and produce music videos (for The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers to name a few) documentaries, commercials and more.