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Chris Hegedus

Chris Hegedus most recently completed Startup.com, for which she won the 2002 Directors Guild Award for documentaries. Produced by D.A. Pennebaker and co-directed with Jehane Noujaim, the film is an inside look at the recent dot-com mania. Last year, Hegedus also co-directed, Down From The Mountain, produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a celebration of the bluegrass musicians featured in the Coen Brothers' film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Chris Hegedus began co-directing with D.A. Pennebaker in the mid-70s. She has since partnered with him on numerous films including, Moon Over Broadway and The War Room, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary and won the National Board of Review's D.W. Griffith Award for Best Documentary. Hegedus began her career as a cameraperson for the University of Michigan Hospital. In 1975, she moved to New York City and was director of photography for Lizzie Borden's controversial feminist feature Born In Flames. In 1977, she began her collaboration with D.A. Pennebaker editing what was to become Town Bloody Hall.

The team has since filmed DeLorean, Rockaby and The Energy War. Pennebaker and Hegedus have also made numerous rock videos. Randy Newman, John Hiatt, Suzanne Vega, Victoria Williams and Soul Asylum are a few of the artists they have worked with. Their feature-length films Depeche Mode 101, The Music Tells You, with Branford Marsalis, Keine Zeit, with Marius Westernhagen, and Searching For Jimi Hendrix have also met with success.

Hegedus and Pennebaker have made three programs for HBO/Cinemax that draw upon unreleased footage from Pennebaker's archives: Jimi Plays Monterey, Shake, Sweet Toronto and Mojo Working.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

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