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|Born||Chad Alexander Hartigan
31 August 1982
|Occupation||Film director, Writer, Actor|
In 2005 he beat hundreds of other contestants to win the title of "Ultimate Film Fanatic" on the IFC game show of the same name.
Chad Hartigan was born on the island of Cyprus in August 1982. His father, Gerard, is a businessman from Limerick, Ireland, and his mother, Gayle, is a teacher from Sparks, Nevada. He currently resides in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
He attended Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach from 1996-2000 and became heavily involved in theater and video production. He graduated and was accepted to the one and only college he applied for, the North Carolina School of the Arts. Chad attended the filmmaking program there and graduated in 2004 with a BFA in directing. He spent three years living with classmates Brendan McFadden, Aaron Katz and Marc Ripper, whom he continues to work with professionally today.
In 2006, he appeared in Katz's first film, Dance Party USA, as Sam. He also appeared in the 2013 film "Burnout", directed by friend Lydia Hyslop.
His first feature as director, Luke and Brie Are on a First Date, premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2008 and went on to play all over the world and spawn a Latin American remake in 2013 called "Luna en Leo."
His second feature, This is Martin Bonner, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 where it won the Best of Next Audience Award. It was also screened at the 2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, and Torino Film Festival. In 2014, it was awarded the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
He is currently in pre-production on his third feature, "Morris From America."