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TATE TAYLOR (Director/Executive Producer/Screenplay by) was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi. After spending time in New York, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career.

In 2004, Taylor made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed short film "Chicken Party”, which he wrote, directed and starred. "Chicken Party” went on to win eight festivals and placed at 12 more.

"Pretty Ugly People” was Taylor's first feature-length film, which was released theatrically in the fall of 2009. Written and directed by Taylor, this dark comedy was shot on location in Montana's Glacier National Park, Chicago and Los Angeles, and it presented a complicated shooting schedule and ensemble cast, which gained Taylor further notoriety as a director and writer to watch.

Taylor has established a mentoring program based in Mississippi with Kathryn Stockett, author of "The Help,” that provides creative and structural mentoring for writers and filmmakers.

As an actor, Taylor has a long history of creating outstanding performances and was most recently seen in the 2010 Sundance "Grand Jury” Prize–winning feature "Winter's Bone.”


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