Catherine Hardwicke receives Visionary Award at Santa Fe International Film Festival

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Catherine Hardwicke [Courtesy photo]

Award-winning director Catherine Hardwicke will receive the Santa Fe International Film Festival’s Visionary Award Oct. 23 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

With her 2003 directorial debut, “Thirteen,” Hardwicke won the directing award at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. The drama earned also earned a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for Holly Hunter.

In 2008, Hardwicke set a record with her movie “Twilight,” which earned $69.6 million its opening weekend, the biggest opening take ever for a film directed by a woman. Her adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel went on to gross about $400 million worldwide and launched a franchise of four other hit films.

Hardwicke’s additional directing credits include the films “Lords of Dogtown,” “The Nativity Story,” “Red Riding Hood” and “Miss Bala,” along with episodes of the television series “This Is Us” “Eyewitness” and “Hell on Wheels.”

In September, the director premiered her latest movie, “The Prisoner’s Daughter,” at the Toronto International Film Festival. Granted a compassionate release, a dying convict (Brian Cox) tries to reconnect with his daughter (Kate Beckinsale) and the grandson he’s never known — but his violent past comes back to haunt them all.

As part of the Santa Fe International Film Festival, Hardwicke also will participate in a workshop for actors and directors Oct. 22 at the Santa Fe Playhouse. The Texas native will write short scripts based on the works of three local painters, and the scripts will be performed by local actors who will have the chance to be directed by Hardwicke.

The Santa Fe International Film Festival is set for Oct. 19-23. For more information, go to


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