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GAVIN O'CONNOR (Director / Executive Producer) is a native New Yorker who began writing while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, he returned to New York, where he began his career writing short films and plays. He made his screenwriting debut with the award-winning short film "The Bet," which also marked Ted Demme's film directorial debut. O'Connor then wrote and directed the short film "American Standoff."

O'Connor first garnered attention when he directed the independent feature "Tumbleweeds," starring Janet McTeer and Kimberly Brown. He also co-wrote the screenplay with Angela Shelton, based on Shelton's childhood diaries. The mother-daughter road drama brought O'Connor the Filmmaker's Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to earn critical acclaim. In addition, McTeer earned several Best Actress honors for her performance, including Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award, while Brown won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress.

O'Connor's next directing effort was the widely acclaimed 2004 hit "Miracle." The film, starring Kurt Russell, told the inspiring story of the U.S. Hockey Team's Gold Medal triumph at the 1980 Winter Olympics, including a stunning victory over the seemingly invincible Russian team. Following the success of "Miracle," he co-wrote and directed the 2008 drama "Pride and Glory," starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight. The film follows a multi-generational police family whose moral code is tested when one son investigates an incendiary case of corruption and murder that involves his brother and brother-in-law, forcing the family to choose between their loyalties to one another and their loyalties to the department.

In 2010, O'Connor co-wrote, produced and directed the acclaimed film "Warrior," starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte. The story of two estranged brothers whose pasts collide in an elite Mixed Martial Arts tournament, "Warrior" received great critical praise for O'Connor and its cast. Nolte's performance earned him Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics' Choice Award nominations, as well as the 2011 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor, among other honors.

Turning his attention to the small screen, O'Connor directed the pilot of the award-winning television series "The Americans," which stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, and Noah Emmerich. He also served as an executive producer on the show's first season.

O'Connor is currently set to helm the pilot of the new Netflix original series "Seven Seconds," which he will executive produce alongside series creator Veena Sud. Following that, he is slated to direct "Atlantic Wall," a dramatic World War II action film. He has also reteamed with Affleck and Warner Bros. in developing a feature film adaptation of Ken Bensinger's soon-to-be-released book Houses of Deceit, which details the story of the FIFA sports corruption scandal.


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