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PETER HEDGES (Director/Co-Writer) is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director. He made his feature film directorial debut with "Pieces of April” starring Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt and Derek Luke. The acclaimed film garnered numerous awards including an Academy Award® nomination for Clarkson. Following the film, Variety named Hedges as one of the 10 Directors to Watch in 2003.

Hedges' novel What's Eating Gilbert Grape was the basis for the 1993 film, which he also wrote. His second novel, An Ocean in Iowa, was published in 1998 by Hyperion Press. His novels have been published in 15 languages. Hedges' screenplay adaptations include Jane Hamilton's "A Map of the World” and Nick Hornby's "About a Boy,” which received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar® nomination.

A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Hedges 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. Hedges' other plays include "Baby Anger” (Playwrights Horizons), "Good as New” (Manhattan Class Company), and "Imagining Brad” (Circle Repertory Theater), all of which have been published by Dramatists Play Service.

Hedges has taught at Yale University, Bennington College and at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has served as a Creative Advisor to the Sundance Screenwriters' Lab and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony. Hedges grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Susan Bruce, and their two children, Simon and Lucas.

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