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Guy Ferland is an American film and television director.
Ferland was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, and attended Hollis Brookline High School in Hollis, New Hampshire. His father is Rod Ferland, a high-school band teacher who also performs with Massachusetts' Boston Pops Orchestra. After Alfred Hitchcock's 1946 film Notorious inspired him to become a filmmaker, Ferland went on to study cinema production at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema and Television, graduating in 1988, later receiving an internship working as a researcher at the Creative Artists Agency. He later landed a job as film director Joel Schumacher's assistant three days after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree. In five years, until 1994, he worked with Schumacher on Cousins, Flatliners, If Looks Could Kill, Dying Young, Falling Down, and The Client, receiving an associate producer credit in the last film.
Ferland then moved on to write and direct his first own film, The Babysitter, in 1995. Two years later, he directed Telling Lies in America, which was commended for Excellence in Filmmaking by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. After directing and producing Delivered, he began to direct for television as well, starting with Our Guys: Outrage at Glen Ridge, an ABC-produced made-for-TV movie. Ferland also directed the award-winning TV movies After the Storm and Bang, Bang, You're Dead in 2001 and 2002, respectively. After the Storm was later named Best Feature Film at the 2000 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, with Ferland being commended on the realism he brought to the film with underwater photography. He was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special and a Directors Guild of America Award in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for Bang Bang You're Dead.
After directing the 2004 sequel to the 1987 Dirty Dancing film, titled Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Ferland proceeded to work primarily with TV series and has picked up credits directing for the series Ed, Medical Investigation, House, M.D., Blind Justice, Nip/Tuck, The Unit, Prison Break, Sleeper Cell, Raines, Traveler, Damages, Saving Grace, The Riches, Eleventh Hour, and most notably The Shield, for which he has directed thirteen episodes. He also became a regular director for the FX-produced series Sons of Anarchy, directing episodes of all six seasons of the show to date. He also directed the sixth episode of the zombie television series The Walking Dead.