Director Dan Scheinert was born in Birmingham, Alabama.
While studying studying film at Emerson College in Boston, he met fellow film student Daniel Kwan. They hit it off right away and began working together, collecting known as "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.
Scheinert went on to direct an episode of Showtimes's comedy series On Becoming a God in Central Florida starring Kirsten Dunst, before joining Kwan 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.
Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)
Swiss Army Man (2016)
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