Choosing material that is thought-provoking and controversial, CATHERINE
HARDWICKE's (Director / Executive Producer) films have helped to redefine
popular culture, showcase notable figures from the past, and raise light on
important social issues. At the helm, Hardwicke's passion for storytelling and
attention to detail help create films rich in visual texture and narrative
Hardwicke's first film as a director was the critically-acclaimed Thirteen,
which garnered numerous awards and nominations including 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 and an Independent Spirit Award for Nikki Reed.
Hardwicke has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which
launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga and earned
nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office. Her book, The Twilight
Director's Notebook, was an international best seller, translated into 20
Hardwicke's other credits include the classic skateboard film with Heath Ledger
and Emile Hirsch, Lords of Dogtown, Red Riding Hood with Amanda Seyfried and
Gary Oldman, The Nativity Story with Oscar Isaac and Keisha Castle-Hughes, and
Plush with Emily Browning. Her previous film, Miss You Already, was an intimate
look at the lives of two dynamic best friends as they go through very
challenging times. Starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper and
Jacqueline Bisset, the film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film
Festival. Also in 2015, Hardwicke directed the video for the Oscar nominated
song by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren: "Til It Happens to You." The video
highlighted the rape crisis on college campuses as exposed in the documentary
The Hunting Ground.
Hardwicke has ventured into television, directing episodes of This is Us, Hell
on Wheels, Low Winter Sun and the pilots of Reckless and EyeWitness, as well as
developing original series at multiple studios.
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
and teaches workshops at film schools and film festivals around the world.
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