Daniel Kwan

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Director Dan Kwan was born in Westborough, Massachusetts.

While studying studying film at Emerson College in Boston, he met fellow film student Daniel Scheinert. They hit it off right away and began working together, collectively known as the "Daniels."

They began by working on music videos, but in 2013 they made their way into television, directing episodes of two Adult Swim comedy series: Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV.

In 2016, they made their film debut as directors with a script they'd co-written - Swiss Army Man starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. They won several awards for the film, including the Directing Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and Best Film at the Americana Film Fest in 2017.

Kwan went on to direct an episode of FX network's sci-fi action drama series Legion, before joining Scheinert to write, direct and produce the inventive sci-fi film Everything Everywhere All at Once, which won the Best Picture Oscar, while the Daniels won jointly for Best Director. Three of the actors in the film also received Oscars: Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Kwan married animator Kirsten Lepore on August 21, 2016.


Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)
Swiss Army Man (2016)

Photo courtesy @A24