Baumbach, Noah: Director Career; Filmography

Noah Baumbach, the third of four siblings, was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 3, 1969. He is the son of  the Jewish academic, novelist and critic Jonathan Baumbach, and Protestant mother Georgia Brown, at one time a Village Voice film critic.

He graduated from Brooklyn’s Midwood High School in 1987 and received his BA in English from Vassar College in 1991.  He briefly worked as a messenger at the New Yorker magazine, in which he later published some essays.

Baumback made his debut, Kicking and Screaming in 1995, at the age of 26.

Of the filmmakers of his generation, he has been one of the most reliable consistent and prolific, directing a dozen features (including one weak documentary) in 24 years.

His most fully realized feature to date is The Squid and the Whale, which world premiered to great acclaim at the 2005 Sundance Film Fest, and was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay.


Kicking and Screaming (1995)

Mr. Jealousy (1997)

Highball (1997)

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Margot at the Wedding (2007)

Greenberg (2010)

Frances Ha (2012)

While We’re Young (2014)

Mistress America (2015)

De Palma (2015) (documentary)

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

Marriage Story (2019)