Anthony M. Hemingway was recently tapped by George Lucas to direct his long-awaited WWII action adventure 'Red Tails,' which will release in 2010. Based on a story by Lucas (an EP on the project), 'Red Tails' revolves around the young pilots who overcame racism in the military to form the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African- American fighter pilots in U.S. military history.
In 2006, Hemingway made his directorial debut on HBO's 'The Wire,' having served as First Assistant Director on the award-winning series since it began filming in 2001. Since his directorial debut, Hemingway has directed episodes of some of the hottest shows on network and cable television, including 'Heroes,' 'The Closer,' 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Criminal Minds,' HBO's 'Tell Me You Love Me,' 'CSI Miami,' 'Shark,' 'The Black Donnellys,' HBO's 'The Wire,' 'ER,' and 'CSI NY.'
During his seven-year tenure as a First A.D., Hemingway worked under producers including Tom Fontana and Scott Rudin, and with acclaimed directors including Jonathan Demme, Barry Levinson and Agnieszka Holland. Hemingway's credits have included 'The Manchurian Candidate,' 'Neil Young: Heart of Gold,' 'Taxi,' 'The Forgotten,' 'Changing Lanes,' 'Juwanna Mann' and HBO's critically acclaimed series, 'The Corner' and 'OZ.'
Hemingway received an AFI Award for his creative contribution on 'The Wire.' He also earned two NAACP Image Award nominations: for 'Heroes' in 2009, and for 'Close to Home' in 2006. In 2005, Hemingway was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the North Carolina Cine Noir Film Festival. Prior to becoming a First A.D., he was executive producer of two independent short films, 'Rawfish' and 'Alyson's Closet,' the former of which won the Morte Rosenfeld Award for Best Short at the Utah Film and Video Festival in 1999.