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. After that, he went to film school at AFI. 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. Estes turned Mean Creek into a screenplay, which he became his feature film debut as writer and director in 2004. 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. His second film as writer/director came with the 2011 film The Details, 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.
Estes is married to the musician Gretchen Lieberum.
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