Jake Schreier is an American director. He was a founding member of Waverly Films, a Brooklyn-based filmmaking collective, and joined Park Pictures in 2006, releasing his first feature film Robot & Frank in 2012.
Born in Berkeley, California, Jake Schreier attended the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, he directed music videos, including one for Francis and the Lights, a performer/songwriter with whom Schreier also played keyboard for several years. He also directed commercials for products such as Absolut Vodka and Verizon phones. Together with his friends from college, he co-founded the film collective Waverly Films and continued to collaborate on film projects for television and the web.
In 2006, Schreier signed with Park Pictures, a commercial and film production company, and worked on a number of advertising campaigns and commercials; he was noted for his work and appeared in the “Best New Directors” list of Creativity Magazine and other advertising industry magazines. In 2012, he released his first feature film, Robot & Frank, based on the screenplay by his Tisch classmate and friend Christopher Ford. The film won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, for best feature film that focuses on science or technology as a theme, tying with the Kashmiri film Valley of Saints. Robot & Frank earned Schreier critical acclaim for his feature directorial debut. Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan called it "exceptionally polished for a first-time effort", and Rolling Stone gave it three out of four stars. He also directed the film adaptation of the John Green book, Paper Towns, which was released on July 24, 2015.
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