Louis and Auguste Lumiere, inventors of the cinema as we know it today, around 1894. One funny thing is "Lumiere" means light in french. A funnier thing is what their father told the boys when they showed their invention to him : "This invention will ruin you, because it has no commercial future". Yeah. Note that although the Lumieres' movies were already real pieces of popular art, the first real film director was near-genius Georges Méliès.