PATTY JENKINS (Director) is a writer/director known for her debut feature, “Monster,” based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, and for helming the pilot and finale episode of AMC’s hit show “The Killing.”
Patty began her career as a painter at The Cooper Union in New York City. Upon transitioning to filmmaking, she spent eight years as a First Assistant Camera Person/Focus Puller. After attending the AFI in Los Angeles, she wrote and directed “Monster.”
Roger Ebert named “Monster” the Best Film of the Year and Third Best Film of the Decade. AFI named it one the Ten Best Films of the Year. Charlize Theron went on to sweep the awards circuit for her performance in the film, winning the Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, and numerous critics’ awards in the Best Actress category. Jenkins also garnered a number of awards and nominations, including winning Best First Feature at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards.
Jenkins went on to direct many commercials and TV programs including AMC’s “The Killing,” for which she received an Emmy nomination and won the DGA award for Best Dramatic Directing for the series pilot. She directed several other television episodes, for such popular series as Fox’s “Arrested Development” and HBO’s “Entourage.” She was nominated for a Directors Guild Award for “Five,” a series of short films about breast cancer for Lifetime; she shared the nomination with fellow directors Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore and Penelope Spheeris.