Jay Russell (born January 10, 1960 in North Little Rock, Arkansas), is a film director and also executive producer and director of the film My Dog Skip. His other directing credits include Tuck Everlasting, Ladder 49 and The Water Horse. He has also written and directed End of the Line. Russell graduated from Columbia University in 1984 with a MFA in screenwriting and directing, having studied with producer Michael Hausman and director Milos Forman. His first film, End of the Line (1988), was a Sundance Institute project and was released by Orion Classics. He has since written projects for Imagine Entertainment and TriStar Pictures and has directed numerous documentaries for PBS, Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, CBS, Fox, USA Network and NBC. He is currently working on film projects such as Duncan, Whole Lotta Sole and Wake the Dead.