Little Miss Sunshine Directors, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton

Jonathan Dayton, Director; Producer
Valerie Faris, Director; Producer; Writer

In conversation with Peter Crooks, Senior Editor/Senior Writer, Diablo magazine

Husband-and-wife team Dayton and Faris made their directorial debut with Oscar-winning film Little Miss Sunshine, in which a dysfunctional family embarks on an 800-mile road trip in a Volkswagon microbus. Their delightful, screwball comedy also took home the Independent Spirit Award for best feature. After a six-year break, Dayton and Faris re-emerged on the film scene in 2012 with Ruby Sparks, which Dayton calls a "romantic tragic comedy." Both raised in Walnut Creek, the couple returns to the Bay Area for a conversation about their much anticipated future projects and an inside look at their creative process, one that combines humor and pathos to create some of the most touching and imaginative stories on the screen today.

Location: Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Cost: $22 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: Photo by KÂï