Chris Hegedus

Chris Hegedus ("Opiate Addiction: A New Medication," "Opiate Addiction: Understanding Replacement Therapy") was awarded the prestigious 2002 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for "" (produced by D.A. Pennebaker and co-directed with Jehane Noujaim). The film was also awarded the International Documentary Association Award for Distinguished Feature Film. Hegedus began co-directing with D.A. Pennebaker in the mid-'70s. She has since partnered with him on a host of acclaimed films, including 1998's "Moon Over Broadway" and 1994's "The War Room," which received an Academy Award(r) nomination for Best Documentary and won the National Board of Review's D.W. Griffith Award. 2003's "Only The Strong Survive," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Miramax, is about some of the legends that made r'n'b music famous, including Isaac Hayes, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Wilson Pickett and Sam Moore. Their film "Elaine Stritch at Liberty," which premiered on HBO in May 2004, was nominated for three Emmy(r) Awards, including Outstanding Direction for a Music, Variety, or Comedy Program. Most recently Hegedus completed a film about political satirist Al Franken, which premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Tex.