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JARED HESS (Director) most recently directed and wrote, with his wife Jerusha Hess, Don Verdean, starring Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan and Jemaine Clement. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Hesses' filmmaking collaboration began with the monster hit Napoleon Dynamite (2004), and has continued with Nacho Libre (2006) and Gentlemen Broncos (2009). Their next collaboration will be an animated film, Nicktoons.

Napoleon Dynamite premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it sparked a bidding war and was eventually acquired and released by Fox Searchlight. A box-office hit that eventually spawned an animated TV series, the film was recently honored with a Napoleon Dynamite statue on the 20th Century Fox lot and a 10th anniversary screening at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Hess' second film, the comedy Nacho Libre, starred Jack Black as a Mexican monk who lives a secret life as a masked wrestler. It was released by Paramount and grossed over $80 million.

On the small screen, Hess recently directed an episode of the Fox series "The Last Man on Earth," starring Will Forte.


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