Jacob Aaron Estes

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Jacob Aaron Estes
BornSeptember 6, 1972 (1972-09-06) (age 48)
Occupationscreenwriter, film director
Spouse(s)Gretchen Lieberum

Jacob Aaron Estes (born September 6, 1972) is an American screenwriter and film director.


Estes was a theatre major at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[1] After that, he went to film school at AFI.[1] Estes also attended the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, which produced two of his plays, Free Lessons and Mean Creek.[1][2] Estes turned Mean Creek into a screenplay, which he became his feature film debut as writer and director in 2004.[3] In his first offering as writer-director, he gained critical acclaim, receiving nominations at various film festivals and winning the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award.[4] His second film as writer/director came with the 2011 film The Details,[5] starring Tobey Maguire, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Kerry Washington, and Elizabeth Banks. Estes co-wrote the script of the horror sequel Rings, along with Akiva Goldsman and David Loucka.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Estes is married to the musician Gretchen Lieberum.[1]


Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
2001 Summoning Yes Yes Short film
2004 Mean Creek Yes Yes
2005 Nearing Grace Yes
2011 The Details Yes Yes
2014 7 Minutes Yes
2015 Bromance Special thanks
2017 Rings Yes Co-write with David Loucka and Akiva Goldsman
2019 Don't Let Go Yes Yes


  1. ^ a b c d Kushner, Zach (September 24, 2012). "GET THE DETAILS FROM DIRECTOR JACOB AARON ESTES: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW & TRAILER". Stand By for Mind Control. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Jacob Aaron Estes". doollee.com. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Armstrong, Derek. "Review: Mean Creek". AllMovie. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  4. ^ "Awards: Mean Creek". Allmovie. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Relentless Raccoons and Other Suburban Problems Money Can't Always Fix". NY Times. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  6. ^ "Gutierrez is directing from a script written by Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka, and Jacob Aaron Estes". Dread Central. Retrieved November 1, 2012.

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