Roman Coppola (born 22 April 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) is an American film director and music video director. He attended New York University's film school.
He is the son of 5-time Academy Award winning director, producer, and writer Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola, brother of Academy Award winning film director Sofia Coppola and the late Gian-Carlo Coppola, first cousin to actor Nicolas Cage. He is the nephew of Talia Shire and cousin to her sons Jason Schwartzman and Robert Carmine.
Roman was born in the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine while his father was in Paris writing on the screenplay of Paris brûle-t-il?.
Coppola's feature-film debut, a love letter to cinema, CQ (2001) (starring Jeremy Davies and Angela Lindvall) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He directed all the music videos for songs of The Strokes' albums Is This It and "12:51" for Room on Fire.
Coppola has also directed clips for artists including Green Day, Fatboy Slim, The Strokes, Phoenix, Daft Punk, The Vines, God Lives Underwater, and Wyclef Jean. His music video for Phoenix's "Funky Squaredance" was invited into permanent collection at the New York Museum of Modern Art. He is an accomplished television commercial director as well.
He appeared in The Conversation as a nine-year old child walking out of a confessional. Another small role was one of the sons of Tom Hagen during the funeral scene in The Godfather. He also played Santino Corleone as a young boy in the 1974 film The Godfather Part II. Francis said he frequently gave his son cameo appearances in his films in the director's commentary to The Conversation.
He has also had a great deal of work in other production realms, including second unit direction for such films as Bram Stoker's Dracula, Jack, The Rainmaker (all three directed by his father), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides & Marie Antoinette.