Catherine Hardwicke

2016 INDUSTRY JURY

Catherine Hardwicke
Film director and Screenwriter
Catherine Hardwicke’s first film as a director was the critically-acclaimed Thirteen, which won the Director’s Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, Golden Globe nominations for Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Holly Hunter, an Independent Spirit Award for Nikki Reed, and awards at numerous international film festivals including Deauville and Locarno. She has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga. Twilight landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records for the female director with the biggest box office opening weekend. Her book, "The Twilight Director’s Notebook," was an international best seller, translated into 20 languages. Other credits include Red Riding Hood and Lords of Dogtown. Hardwicke previously worked as a Production Designer on films directed by Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Cameron Crowe, Lisa Cholodenko, and Costa Gavras. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin, and did graduate work in animation at UCLA Film School. She frequently works as a mentor at labs for the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, and the Ghetto Film School. In the last two years, Hardwicke has dived into the world of television, directing episodes for AMC and pilots for CBS and MTV, both of which went to series. Her most recent film, Miss You Already, stars Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper and Jacqueline Bisset, and is an intimate look at the lives of two dynamic best friends and their families as they go through very challenging times. She has just finished a new pilot, “Eyewitness,” for USA Network
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