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|Born||Chad Alexander Hartigan
31 August 1982
|Occupation||Film director, Writer, Actor|
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. He attended the filmmaking program there and graduated in 2004 with a BFA in directing and was roommates with Aaron Katz.
In 2006, he appeared in Katz's first film, Dance Party USA, as Sam. As an actor, he has also appeared in the 2013 film "Burnout", directed by friend Lydia Hyslop and "Hunky Dory" in 2016, which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival.
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 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.
In 2015, he returned to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to serve on the Independent Camera jury.
His third feature, Morris from America, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition where Hartigan was awarded the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and was picked up by A24 Films for a late summer release.