Jared Hess

Director, Writer, Actor
As a first time writer and director, Jared Hess earned considerable success right out of the gate with his debut film, "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004), which he made on a shoestring budget, only to see the quirky comedy ... Read more »
Born: 07/18/1979 in Preston, Idaho, USA

Filmography

Director (9)

Making History 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Director

Masterminds 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Man On Earth 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Don Verdean 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Gentlemen Broncos 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Nacho Libre 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Napoleon Dynamite 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Peluca 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Son of Zorn (Tv Show)

Director
Writer (6)

Don Verdean 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Napoleon Dynamite 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Writer

Gentlemen Broncos 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nacho Libre 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Napoleon Dynamite 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Peluca 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

Don Verdean 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Austenland 2013 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Napoleon Dynamite 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gentlemen Broncos 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

Napoleon Dynamite 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Peluca 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Biography

As a first time writer and director, Jared Hess earned considerable success right out of the gate with his debut film, "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004), which he made on a shoestring budget, only to see the quirky comedy become a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and in theaters after its wide release. Having created a near-cultural phenomenon, which included celebrities wearing iconic "Vote for Pedro" tee-shirts, Hess became a darling of the Gen-X crowd and Hollywood at large, despite some crustier critics declaring his film cruel and sophomoric. But Hess had the last laugh when "Napoleon Dynamite" earned a king's ransom at the box office - at least in relation to its budget - and opened the doors for making movies within the studio system. He followed up his successful debut with another hit, "Nacho Libre" (2006), a medium-budgeted comedy that capitalized on the rising popularity of its star, Jack Black. Though he hit a speed bump with his third feature, the little-seen and critically maligned comedy "Gentlemen Broncos" (2009), Hess returned to the character that launched his career with an animated version of "Napoleon Dynamite" (Fox, 2011- ), reminding critics and audiences why he became a noteworthy filmmaker to begin with.

Relationships

Jerusha Hess Screenplay

Wife
met while attending BYU together

EDUCATION

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

Milestones

2006

Directed Jack Black in the comedy "Nacho Libre" about a mexican cook who hits the wrestling circuit; also co-wrote and produced

2004

Helmed the critically acclaimed comedy "Napoleon Dynamite"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature

2003

Wrote and directed the short comedy "Peluca" while still a film student at BYU; screened at the Slamdance Film Festival

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