Todd Field

Todd Field

Infobox actor
name = Todd Field

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caption = Todd Field at the 79th Academy Awards ceremony on February 25, 2007.
birthname = William Todd Field| birthdate = birth date and age|mf=yes|1964|2|24
birthplace = flagicon|USA Pomona, California, U.S.
deathdate =
deathplace =
othername =
yearsactive = 1985 – present
spouse = Serena Rathbun (1986 – )
awards = NBR Award for Best Director
2001 "In the Bedroom"
NBR Award for Best Screenplay
2001 "In the Bedroom"

William Todd Field, known professionally as Todd Field (born February 24, 1964) is an American actor, producer, composer, screenwriter, and three time Academy Award-nominated writer/director.


Background and personal life

Field was born in Pomona, California, where his family ran a poultry farm. When Field turned two his family moved to Portland, Oregon, where his father went to work as a salesman, and his mother became a school librarian.cite web|title= Todd Field Biography - Yahoo! Movies|url=] He graduated from Centennial High School on Portland's eastside a budding jazz musician and briefly attending Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) in Ashland on a music scholarship, but left after his freshman year favoring a move to New York to study acting. Once there, he began performing with the Ark Theatre Company as both an actor and musician. [Levy, Shawn. You couldn't write a better script. "The Oregonian", March 23, 2002.]

Field received his Master of Fine Arts from the American Film Institutecite web|url=|title= Todd Field - Biography|accessdate= 2008-06-28|publisher= Roberta Bresci] .

He married Serena Rathbun on July 25, 1986; they have four children, two of whom have appeared in Field's films.


Field began making motion pictures in 1985 when he was cast by Woody Allen in "Radio Days". He went on to work with some of America's greatest film makers including Stanley Kubrick, Victor Nuñez, and Carl Franklin. It was Franklin and Nunez (both AFI alumnists) who encouraged Field to enroll as a Directing Fellow at the AFI, which he did in the fall of 1992. Since that time he has received the Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award from the AFI, the Satyajit Ray Award from the British Film Institute, a Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival, and his short films have been exhibited at various venues overseas and domestically at the Museum of Modern Art.

"In the Bedroom"

Field became one of Hollywood's hottest new writer/directors with the release of "In the Bedroom", a film based on the short story "Killings" by author Andre Dubus. (Both Kubrick and Dubus were among Field's mentors; tragically, both died right before the production of "In the Bedroom".) "In the Bedroom" was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Tom Wilkinson, his first nomination), Best Actress (Sissy Spacek, her sixth nomination), Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei, her second nomination), and Best Screenplay (Adapted).

The film was made in a small town in New England in which Field resides– the house where he, his wife (Serena Rathbun), and their four children live was even used as the setting for one sequence. Rathbun and Sissy Spacek did a portion of the set designing and Field handled the camera himself on many of the shots. The result, most critics said, was stunning.

David AnsenNewsweek

"Todd Field exhibits a mastery of his craft many filmmakers never acquire in a lifetime. With one film he’s guaranteed his future as a director. He has the magnificent obsession of the natural-born filmmaker"."cite news|author= Ansen, David|title= Their House Torn Asunder|work= "Newsweek"|date= December 3, 2001] Bergman, but that he fully understands their processes. Consequently, this is a film that lives beyond its two hours. Field's achievement is such a perfectly consummated marriage of intent and execution that he need never make another movie. I would not be alone, I think, in hoping he will make many more"." [cite news|author= Norman, Neil|title= A fatal summer affair|work= The Evening Standard|date= January 24, 2002]

Stephen HoldenThe New York Times

"It feels almost miraculous, a shimmering piece of art. In the Bedroom belongs to a handful of films that stand the best chance of one day being regarded as classics"." [Holden, Stephen. When Grief Becomes A Member of the Family. "The New York Times", November 23, 2001.]

For his work on In the Bedroom, Field was named Director of the Year by the National Board of Review, and his script was awarded Best Original Screenplay. The film went on to win Best Picture of the Year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the New York Film Critics Circle awarded Best First Film to Field. "In the Bedroom" received six AFI nominations including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, three Golden Globe nominations, and five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, and two individually for Field both as Screenwriter and Producer. The American Film Institute honored Field with the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. With the exception of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, the Schaffner Award is the highest honor an individual can achieve.

"Little Children"

Field followed "In the Bedroom" with "Little Children", which was nominated for three Academy Awards including two for his actors: Kate Winslet (her fifth nomination, and with it a record for the youngest actor to be nominated for five Academy Awards) and Jackie Earle Haley (his first nomination, and first leading role in over fifteen years). After having written, directed and produced just two feature films, Field had garnered five Academy Award nominations for his actors, and three for himself, personally.

The film, based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, premiered at the 2006 New York Film Festival to similar accolades:

A. O. ScottThe New York Times

"Superb. Mr. Field proves to be among the most literary of American filmmakers. The result is a movie that is challenging, accessible and hard to stop thinking about"." [Scott, A.O.. Playground Rules: No Hitting, No Sex. "The New York Times", September 29, 2006.]

David DenbyThe New Yorker

"Extraordinary. Field works with such fluid grace and perception that the movie goes right to the top"." [Denby, David. Small Worlds. "The New Yorker", October 16, 2006.]

Peter TraversRolling Stone

"Field shows his mastery. He performs a high-wire act that balances hard truth and hard-won tenderness. The film rides its dramatic challenges in perfect pitch. Most movies fade from memory. This one sticks. The film pulls you in like a magnetic force"." [Travers, Peter. Todd Field's Little Children. "Rolling Stone", October 5, 2006.]

"Little Children" was named Best Picture of the Year by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, received three Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture of the Year, went on to be nominated for two Screen Actors Guild awards, the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and three Academy Awards, including one for Field that he shared with Tom Perrotta for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Future Work

According to the Los Angeles Times, Field is currently in the process of film-adapting Cormac McCarthy's novel "Blood Meridian", and is expected to be released in 2009.cite news |author= Medina, Jeremy|title= Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian film changes directors |publisher= The Los Angeles Times|date= August 28, 2008 |accessdate= 2008-09-06]

Filmography (as an actor)

*"Radio Days" (1987)
*"The Allnighter" (1987)
*"Student Exchange" (1987)
*"" (1988)
*"Back to Back" (1988)
*"The End of Innocence" (1988)
*"Fat Man and Little Boy" (1989)
*"Gross Anatomy" (1989)
*"Full Fathom Five" (1990)
*"Queens Logic" (1991)
*"The Dog" (1992)
*"Ruby in Paradise" (1993)
*"Frank & Jesse" (1994)
*"Sleep With Me" (1994)
*"Farmer & Chase" (1994)
*"Walking and Talking" (1996)
*"Twister" (1996)
*"Broken Vessels" (1999)
*"The Haunting" (1999)
*"Eyes Wide Shut" (1999)
*"Net Worth" (2000)
*"Stranger Than Fiction" (2000)
*"New Port South" (2001)
*"Beyond the City Limits" (2001)
*"The Second Front" (2005)

Filmography (as a writer/director/producer)

*"Little Children" (2006)
*"Carnivàle" (2004 TV series, one episode)
*"In the Bedroom" (2001)
*"Once and Again" (1999 TV series, one episode)
*"Nonnie & Alex" (1995)
*"Delivering" (1993)
*"The Tree" (1993)
*"Too Romantic" (1992)
*"When I Was a Boy" (1992)
*"The Dog" (1992)

Academy Awards and other distinctions"'

* "In the Bedroom" nominated for five Academy Awards:

Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Adapted Screenplay

*"In the Bedroom" nominated for three Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

* Todd Field named by the National Board of Review: Best Writer and Director of the Year - "In the Bedroom"

* "In the Bedroom" winner of two Sundance Film Festival Jury Prizes:

Best Actor and Best Actress

* "In the Bedroom" winner of four Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best First Film

*"Little Children" nominated for three Academy Awards:

Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay

*"Little Children" nominated for three Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Screenplay of the Year

"Little Children" nominated by the Writers Guild of America:

Best Adapted Screenplay of the Year

*"Ruby in Paradise" - Independent Spirit Award:

Best Supporting Actor (Todd Field)
*"Nonnie & Alex" winner Sundance Film Festival


* [ Field on Bergman] – 1 August 2007, Los Angeles Times
* [ In the Bedroom: A Screenplay]
* [ Little Children: The Shooting Script]
* [ In the Bedroom] , preface by Todd Field
* [ Acting all grown up in a land of `Children’] – 21 January 2007, Los Angeles Times

ound Links

* [ Warren Olney Interview KCRW 15 March 2002]
* [ Chicago Public Radio's Film Spotting Interview (mp3) 28 October 2006]
* [ Elvis Mitchell's The Treatment KCRW 11 October 2006]


External links

*imdb name|id=0276062|name=Todd Field
*tvtome person|id=1488|name=Todd Field

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