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Filmmaker, Novelist & Playwright Peter Hedges Talk and Q&A

Thursday, April 17, 2014
4:00 AM
Chem Building Room 1300

Peter Hedges is novelist, playwright and filmmaker.  Peter's first novel, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, was the basis for the 1992 film, which he also wrote. It starred Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for an Academy Award. 

Peter was co-writer for the screenplay adaptation of Jane Hamilton's A Map of the World, starring Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore, and for his work on Nick Hornby's About a Boy, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

He made his feature directorial debut with Pieces of April starring Katie Holmes and Patricia Clarkson. The acclaimed film garnered numerous awards including an Academy Award nomination for Clarkson. Following the film, Variety named Peter one of the "10 Director's to Watch." In 2007, he directed and co-wrote Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche. In 2012, he directed and wrote the screenplay for The Odd Life of Timothy Green starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton.  

A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, Peter founded the Edge Theatre in 1985 along with Mary-Louise Parker and Joe Mantello. Over a three-year period, he wrote and directed 12 works for the company. His most recent plays include "Baby Anger" (Playwrights Horizons), "Good as New" (Manhattan Class Company), and "Imagining Brad" (Circle Rep), all of which have been published by Dramatists Play Service.

Current projects include the developing of a TV series for Showtime.