Xan Cassavetes

Xan Cassavetes



Xan Cassavetes is an American director and screenwriter known for her bold and innovative independent films. She was born on August 17, 1965 in New York City. Her father, John Cassavetes, was a legendary independent filmmaker, and her mother, Gena Rowlands, was an iconic actress. Growing up in a family of filmmakers, Xan was always surrounded by creativity and the art of storytelling.

Xan attended Yale University, where she studied film and philosophy. Her studies were further enriched by her travels throughout Europe and North Africa. She later attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her master’s degree in film. In 2000, Xan wrote and directed her first feature film, Unhook the Stars. The film starred her mother and focused on a single mother who rediscovers her passion for life.

Xan’s next film, the critically acclaimed The Zodiac, was released in 2003. The film starred Ryan Gosling and Robert Downey Jr. and was based on the true story of the Zodiac Killer. Xan’s following film, Broken English, was released in 2007 and starred Parker Posey. The film focused on a woman struggling to find romance and purpose in her life.

Xan’s other notable films include Kiss of the Damned (2012), Zipper (2015), and She’s Lost Control (2015). In addition to directing, Xan has also written and produced several films. She is also a successful musician, having released two albums of her own music.

Xan’s films have been praised for their bold and unique approach to storytelling. Her films have won numerous awards, including an Independent Spirit Award, a Gotham Award, and a Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to her filmmaking career, Xan is also an advocate for female filmmakers. She is a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement and has given numerous talks and lectures on the importance of equality and diversity in the film industry.

Xan is a pioneering filmmaker who has pushed the boundaries of independent film. Her work has been critically acclaimed and has earned her numerous awards and accolades. She continues to be a champion for female filmmakers and is an outspoken advocate for the #MeToo movement. Her unique and innovative films have made her one of the most respected directors in the industry.


Sept. 21, 1965

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