BEN IS BACK
PETER HEDGES (Director, Writer, Producer) is a novelist,
and film director. In 2003 Hedges made his feature-film directorial debut with
Pieces of April, starring
Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson and Oliver Platt. The acclaimed film garnered
including an Oscar nomination for Clarkson, and Variety named Hedges to its 2003
list of "10
Directors to Watch."
In 2007 Hedges directed and co-wrote Dan in Real Life, starring Steve Carell
Binoche, and in 2012 he wrote and directed The Odd Life of Timothy Green, with
Jennifer Garner and
Hedges' first novel was the basis for the 1993 film What's Eating Gilbert
Grape, which he also
wrote. His other novels are An Ocean in Iowa (1998) and The Heights (2010). The
three books have
been published in 22 languages. Hedges' screenplay adaptations include Jane
Hamilton's A Map of the
World and Nick Hornby's About a Boy, for which he received an Academy Award
nomination for Best
A 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts,
the Edge Theatre in 1985, in collaboration with Mary-Louise Parker and Joe
Mantello. Over a three year
period, he wrote 12 works for the company. His other plays include "Baby Anger"
Horizons), "Good as New" (Manhattan Class Company/South Coast Repertory),
(Circle Repertory) and "The Girl in Pink" (Atlantic Theater Company).
Hedges has taught at Yale University, Bennington College and the University
Carolina School of the Arts. He has served as a creative advisor to the Sundance
and had residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony.
Hedges grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. He currently lives in Brooklyn with
his wife, the
poet Susan Bruce. They have two sons, Simon and Lucas, and two dogs, Willy and
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