Born: July 18, 1979
Date of Birth: July 18, 1979
Raised in Preston, Idaho, Jared Hess worked as a camera assistant during his teens on feature films in Utah and California, beginning as a camera intern in 1996 with The Clubhouse Detectives. He studied film at Brigham Young University, where he met his wife, Jerusha. While at university, Jared made the award-winning short film Peluca, which was chosen as one of 12 shorts to compete at the 2003 Slamdance Film festival.
With Jerusha, he co-wrote the script for his feature film directorial debut -- the comedy Napoleon Dynamite, which was nominated for Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. The quirky film made a star of the lead actor, Jon Heder, and won much critical acclaim, including the Film Discovery Jury Award at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.