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CHRIS WEITZ & PAUL WEITZ
(Directors/Screenwriters) co-directed the block buster hit "American Pie." The filmmaking broth ers previously collaborated on several screenplays, including "Antz" and "Madeline," based on the
popular children's book. They recently made their acting debut in the Sundance Film Festival hit, "Chuck and Buck."
Born in New York, the brothers are third- generation Hollywood pedigree. Their grandfather was the fabled agent Paul Kohner, who represented such legendary filmmakers as John Huston, Billy Wilder, and Ingmar Bergman, and their parents are fashion designer/writer John Wertz and Academy Award-nominated actress Susan Kohner.
Paul Weitz graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in film, and in his last year there, his play "Mango Tea," starring Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow, was produced off-Broadway by New York's Ensemble Theatre. The Ensemble Studio Theatre also produced his next works, "Captive" and "All for One."
Chris Weitz earned his bachelor's and mas ter's degrees in English literature from England's Cambridge University. He went on to work as a freelance journalist for various newspapers, includ ing The Independent and The Sunday Times.
He subsequently gave up journalism to join the diplomatic corps. After passing the rigorous Foreign Service examinations, the State Department accepted him, but required he wait a year before actually beginning his tenure. During that year, Chris and Paul, who had always collabo rated creatively as youths, wrote their first screen play together.
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