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JODY HILL (Writer/Director) grew up in North Carolina and attended film school at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After working several jobs in television in Los Angeles, he moved back to North Carolina, where he and fellow NCSA classmates Danny McBride and Ben Best created the feature film "The Foot Fist Way,” which Hill co-wrote, acted in, directed, and produced.

"The Foot Fist Way” followed the life of Tae Kwon Do strip-mall instructor Fred Simmons, played by McBride, an insolent black belt dealing with his personal insecurities and his unfaithful wife. Co-writer Best appeared as Fred's martial arts Blist movie idol, Chuck "The Truck” Wallace, and Hill made an extended cameo as Fred's longtime friend and fellow Tae Kwon Do guru, the bleached-blonde Mike McAlister.

Premiering at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, "The Foot Fist Way” made a splash in the comedy world and caught the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who co-released the movie under their new shingle, Gary Sanchez Productions.

Hill most recently teamed with Gary Sanchez Productions on his new HBO series, "East Bound and Down.” Hill co-created and co-writes the series with McBride and Best, and is also directing and serving as an executive producer alongside Ferrell and McKay. The show follows a washed-up major league baseball player, portrayed by McBride, who returns to his North Carolina hometown to teach physical education.

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