Louisiana native Mark Duplass paid his dues both behind and in front of the camera, writing, producing, directing, and starring in a number of films throughout the early 2000s, like The New Brad and This Is John. Duplass' efforts began capturing wider attention with 2008's The Puffy Chair and 2009's Baghead, which garnered some critical buzz on the festival circuit. The filmmaker's star climbed even higher in 2010, when he received critical acclaim for his next project, an uncomfortable comedy called Cyrus, starring Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, and John C. Reilly. Simultaneously, Duplass made a successful six-episode run as an actor on the comedy series The League, as well as in fellow indie filmmaker Noah Baumbach's 2010 dramedy Greenberg.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Prior to becoming a professional filmmaker and actor, he was the keyboardist and lead singer in the three-piece rock band Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!
- Known as one of the forefathers of Mumblecore, a genre of independent films characterized by its use of small budgets, improv-style acting and true-to-life dialogue.
- Frequently collaborates with his older brother, Jay, who is a renowned screenwriter and film director in his own right.
- Cowrote (with his brother, Jay) and starred in his feature-film debut, The Puffy Chair, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005 and went on to win a Feature Films Audience Award at the 2005 SXSW Film Festival.