Sian Heder

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Sian Heder
Born (1977-06-23) June 23, 1977 (age 43)
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BFA)
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)David Newsom

Sian Heder /ˈʃɑːn ˈhdər/ (born June 23, 1977) is an American writer and filmmaker.[1]

Early life[edit]

Heder was born on June 23, 1977 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. She graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.[2]


After graduation, Heder moved to Hollywood to become an actress and screenwriter while working for a nanny agency. At the agency, she worked for guests with children staying at four-star hotels and her experiences inspired her first short film.[3]

In early 2005, the script for Mother was 1 of 8 chosen to be awarded a fellowship for the prestigious American Film Institute's DWW (Directing Workshop for Women).[4] Mother, Heder's first short film as writer and director, won the Grand Jury Award for "Best Narrative Short" at the Florida Film Festival. Mother also received honors at the Cinéfondation Competition of the Cannes Film Festival[5] and the Seattle International Film Festival. Since then the film has been further selected to appear in competition at Palm Springs International Festival of Shorts and the British Film Institute's London Film Festival.

In 2010 Heder won a Peabody Award, along with her fellow writers, for her work on the acclaimed U.S. television series, Men of a Certain Age.[6] In 2011 she wrote and directed a short comedy, Dog Eat Dog (A Short Tale) starring Zachary Quinto[7] to raise awareness for pet adoption, and that short film can be watched for free on YouTube. She wrote for seasons 1-3 of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black before taking time off from that job to direct the film Tallulah.

In 2015, Sian Heder directed Tallulah, starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney.[8] Tallulah was backed by Route One Entertainment, Maiden Voyages Pictures and Ocean Blue Entertainment. The film was set to premier as one of 65 films selected for Sundance Film Festival January 21–31 in Utah.[9] Netflix obtained worldwide rights to stream Tallulah in January 2016. The film received positive reviews from critics,[10] and was released on July 29, 2016.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Heder is married to actor and producer David Newsom, with whom she has two children.[13] She is the daughter of artists Mags Harries & Lajos Héder, both of them immigrants, Mags Harries being from Wales and Lajos Héder being from Hungary.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sundance 2016: Fiction collides with reality for 'Tallulah' creator Sian Heder". Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  2. ^ "Sian Heder's 'Tallulah' Pulls From 'Surreal Experiences With Bad Moms'". Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  3. ^ Welkos, Robert W. (2006-05-26). "A nanny's insight". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  4. ^ "AFI and Lifetime Team Up to Employ Female Filmmakers". American Film. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  5. ^ "Juries". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  6. ^ "Peabody Award surprises: 'Men of a Certain Age,' 'Justified'". LA Times Blogs - Awards Tracker. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  7. ^ "Zachary Quinto debuts rescue film 'Dog Eat Dog'". MNN - Mother Nature Network. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  8. ^ "Ellen Page, Allison Janney to star in Route One's 'Tallulah'". Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  9. ^ "Sundance: James Franco's 'Goat,' Ellen Page's 'Tallulah' Highlight Dramatic Competition". TheWrap. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  10. ^ "Tallulah". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  11. ^ Sharf, Zack. "Netflix Kicks Off Sundance Early By Acquiring Ellen Page-Starring 'Tallulah'". Indiewire. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  12. ^ Van-Syckle, Katie (April 27, 2016). "Movies About Women Nearly Impossible to Finance, Say Indie Producers". Variety. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  13. ^ Harman, Justine (January 25, 2016). "7 Unexpected, Unruly, Utterly Incovenient Women Coming To A Screen Near You". Elle. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  14. ^ Meek, Tom (July 26, 2016). "Sian Heder's 'Tallulah' Pulls From 'Surreal Experiences With Bad Moms'". WBUR. Retrieved July 29, 2016.

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