Helen Catherine Hardwicke (born October 21, 1955) is an American film director, production designer, and screenwriter. Her directorial work includes Thirteen (2003), which she co-wrote with Nikki Reed, the film's co-star, Lords of Dogtown (2005), The Nativity Story (2006), Twilight (2008), Red Riding Hood (2011), Plush (2013), Miss You Already (2015), and Miss Bala (2019).
Hardwicke was born in Cameron, Texas on October 21, 1955, the daughter of Jamee Elberta (née Bennett) and John Benjamin Hardwicke. She has a brother, Jack, and a sister, Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, who became an artist. She grew up in McAllen on the U.S.–Mexico border, where her family owned and operated a farm along the Rio Grande, and was raised as a Presbyterian. She said the border area was wild: in high school, "her principal was stabbed three times. A friend's father was shot in the back, and another friend was murdered. And yet life could be wonderful at the same time. 'It was a Huck Finn life, too,' she said." Growing up in McAllen, Hardwicke describes it as "wild". As a child she did not attend many movies and explains, "I didn’t go to many movies. Let's be honest: It was a cultural wasteland. At the time, you could not go to a significant museum unless you drove three hours to Corpus Christi or four to San Antonio". However, there were other ways to have fun such as sneaking over to the bars and nightclubs of Mexico before she was even a legal adult. Speaking on her early life Hardwicke says, "It was a wonderful childhood. I'm dying to make a movie about it".She graduated from McAllen High School and went to the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a degree in architecture. Among her post-graduation projects was designing the solar townhouse complex built around a man-made lake on the 20-acre site, complete with waterfalls and swimming pools. The property was owned by her father.
Movies & TV shows
Investigates the politics of cinematic shot design, and how this meta-level of filmmaking intersects with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse/ assault and employment discrimination against women, with ...
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Don't Look Deeper
In the future, a high school senior learns a dark secret. She ran for her life after her dreams of graduation and college were dashed.
The average student at the high school is Leo Borlock. He gets decent grades, is a member of the school's marching band, and has always been content flying under the radar. Stargirl Caraway, a confide...
This Changes Everything
An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry.
Gloria was drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime and found a new power. She will need all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength to survive.
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
The life story of Alice Guy- Blaché, the first person to make a narrative fiction film, is not included in history books. Ignored and forgotten. At last remembered.
Half the Picture
Successful women directors tell the stories of their lives and careers at a pivotal moment for gender equality in Hollywood. Women filmmakers may be getting the first glimpse of a future that values t...
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An under-appreciated intern with a million dollar necklace races to find out which of his money hungry room-mates betrayed him as he battles a desperate criminal duo bent on stealing.
This Is Us
The lives and families of three adults living and growing up in the United States of America are followed. Several of them share the same birthday, and so much more, as their paths cross and their lif...
The 4%: Film's Gender Problem
The gender gap in Hollywood is a hot-button issue. Both women and men in the entertainment industry share first-person insights, questions, and anecdotes about the place of women in Hollywood.
Two teenage boys secretly meet up in a cabin and witness a shooting. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrators, they remain silent but soon learn tha...
51 percent of the US is made up of women. Only 4% of movies are directed by women. Only 14 percent of TV shows were directed by women. The various forms of sexism and discrimination faced by female di...
Miss You Already
The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.
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We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss
Everyone’s talking about it, but who can explain it? Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan have partnered to produce WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss....
As a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city of Charleston, S.C. apart, a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a charming southern attorney must hide their intense mutual attraction.
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Despite being married, a young singer/songwriter becomes involved with her new guitarist, who she discovers has a dark past and may be a danger to her and those close to her.
Low Winter Sun
Seemingly the perfect crime, the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective awakens forces that will forever alter the detective's life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit Underworld.
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According to the film MISS REPRESENTATION, American youth are being sold the idea that women and girls' value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality. The film challenges the under-representation of...
Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels tells the story of a Confederate soldier who avenges the death of his wife by killing the Union soldiers who killed her. Hell on Wheels is a dangerous, chaotic, lawless melting pot of a...
Red Riding Hood
Valerie is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry another man who is wealthy. When they learn that Peter's sister has been killed by a werewolf, they w...
Joseph Campbell taught at Sarah Lawrence College for 38 years. His seminal work, "A Hero with a Thousand Faces", was published in 1949 and greatly influenced generations of artists and writers. FINDIN...
There is a love story between a vampire and a girl in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. It's a fatal move that endangers her own life because she can't stay away from him.
There is a conflict between the artist and the observer in cinema. Kléber Mendona Filho recorded testimonies about this relationship in Brazil, the United States and Europe, based on his experience as...
The Nativity Story
Mary and Joseph make a hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event. This visually lush and meticulously researched adaptation of the biblical tale follows the pair on their torturous path to their a...
Lords of Dogtown
The story of three teenage surfers from Venice Beach, California, who took skateboarding to the extreme and changed the world of sports forever is told in "Lords of Dogtown". The Z-Boys are a bunch of...
The Making of 'Lords of Dogtown'
A short documentary showing the making of the movie 'Lords of Dogtown'.
Sam and Alex are upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who move to Los Angeles. Jane, Sam's mother, a successful record producer, is willing to put the couple up in her lavish digs. Sam and...
Tracy is trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. It isn't ...
David Aames has a lot of things: wealth, good looks, and beautiful women on his arm. His face was mangled in a car accident as he fell in love with her. The lines between illusion and reality, between...
A computer programmer's dream job at a hot Portland-based firm has turned into a nightmare when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless way of dealing with anti-trust problems.
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A group of American soldiers stationed in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War find a map they believe will lead them to a huge cache of stolen Kuwaiti gold hidden near their base, and they embark on a sec...
Teen Choice Awards
Fox presents the Teen Choice Awards. The first awards were held in 1999. As voted on by teens, the program honors the year's biggest achievements in music, movies, sports, television, fashion and more...
The Newton Boys
Four brothers were poor farmers in the 1920s. One day, the oldest of them, Willis, realized that there was no future in the fields and offered his brothers to become bank robbers. Soon the family agre...
As they grow up, a group of teenagers try to support each other.
2 Days in the Valley
In a sleepy bedroom community of LA's San Fernando Valley, the murder of a professional athlete by two hit men sets into motion a chain of events that puts the mundane lives of a dozen residents on a ...
Car 54, Where Are You?
Brash NYC policeman Officer Gunther Toody is partnered with stiff, by-the-book Officer Francis Muldoon to protect an important mafia witness prior to testifying against orgainzed crime in Brooklyn, al...
A vain actor, his best friend, and an activist end up at a freak farm.
A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. Their leader searches for the men who killed his father.
In the thriving mining town of Tombstone, legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune. Earp is forced to wear a Badge ...
They are more interested in having fun on their boards than in getting into trouble. The Daggers, led by Tommy Hook, get their kicks at the locals at Venice Beach. Tommy's brother-in-law is dating Tom...