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Filmmaker TATE TAYLOR (Directed by) has established himself as a distinctive voice in filmmaking with his ability to tell extraordinary stories on screen. Taylor most recently released Get on Up, the life story of the unstoppable musical force and cultural icon James Brown, which he directed, co-wrote and produced through his Wyolah Films shingle. The film starred Chadwick Boseman and reunited Taylor with Academy Award-nominated Viola Davis and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer.

Taylor previously directed the critically acclaimed box-office hit The Help, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, and two Best Supporting Actress nominations; winning Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer. The film was also honored with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. While in production, Taylor and the book's author Kathryn Stockett established a mentoring program to nurture writers and filmmakers.

In 2003, Taylor made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed short film Chicken Party, which he wrote, directed and starred in. His first feature Pretty Ugly People, which he also wrote, was released theatrically in 2008. As an actor, Taylor was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed film Winter's Bone.

In 2012, Taylor partnered with John Norris to form the production company Wyolah Films, with several film and television projects currently in development. Get on Up was the company's first film.

Taylor was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, and graduated from The University of Mississippi.


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