Marielle Heller


Marielle Heller has built a career both in front of and behind the camera. A California native, she initially began guest starring on sit-coms Spin City and Single Dads. Later, she transitioned to the big screen in the action comedy Macgruber (2010), opposite Kristen Wiig and Will Forte, and in the crime drama A Walk Among Tombstones (2014), opposite Liam Neeson. 

Her directing career began in 2012, when she was awarded both the Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Fellowships, the Maryland Film Festival Fellowship, and the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship. For her debut feature, Mari adapted and directed Phoebe Gloeckner's 2002 novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, and Alexander Skarsgård. The film received critical acclaim at Sundance and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It also won the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus at the Berlin International Film Festival. Marielle most recently directed Can You Ever Forgive Me, starring Melissa McCarthy, for Fox Searchlight. The film is scheduled to be released on October 19th, 2018. She is currently in pre-production on her next feature, You Are My Friend, which will star Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers, for TriStar. In television, Marielle has directed episodes of acclaimed shows such as Transparent (Amazon) and Casual (Hulu).

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Go Watch Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Diary Of A Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner

A Child's Life by Phoebe Gloeckner

Just Kids by Patti Smith