Sian Heder
Heder in March 2022
Born (1977-06-23) June 23, 1977 (age 46)
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BFA)
Occupation(s)Writer, Director, Producer
Years active2006–present
Notable workTallulah
CODA
Little America
SpouseDavid Newsom
Children2
ParentMags Harries and Lajos Héder
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Siân Heder (/ˈʃɑːn ˈhdər/; born June 23, 1977) is an American filmmaker who is best known for writing and directing the films Tallulah and CODA. CODA earned Heder an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur.

Early life

Heder was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 23, 1977, the daughter of Welsh artist Mags Harries and Hungarian artist Lajos Héder.[1] Her sister, Thyra Heder, is also an artist.[2] Heder graduated with a BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.[3]

Career

After graduation, Heder moved to Los Angeles to become an actress and screenwriter while working for a nanny agency.[4] At the agency, she worked for guests with children staying at four-star hotels and her experiences inspired Mother, her first short film as writer and director.[5] In early 2005, the script for Mother was one of eight chosen to be awarded a fellowship for the prestigious American Film Institute's DWW (Directing Workshop for Women).[6] Mother won the Grand Jury Award for "Best Narrative Short" at the Florida Film Festival, and also received honors at the Cinéfondation Competition of the Cannes Film Festival[7] and the Seattle International Film Festival. The film was then 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.[8] In 2011 she wrote and directed a short comedy, Dog Eat Dog (A Short Tale) starring Zachary Quinto[9] to raise awareness for pet adoption. She wrote for seasons 1-3 of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black and wrote and executive produced seasons 1-2 of the Apple series Little America.

In 2015, Heder directed Tallulah, starring Elliot Page and Allison Janney.[10] Tallulah was backed by Route One Entertainment, Maiden Voyages Pictures and Ocean Blue Entertainment and premiered as one of 65 films selected for Sundance Film Festival January 21–31 in Utah.[11] The film received positive reviews from critics,[12] and was released on Netflix on July 29, 2016.[13][14]

In 2021, Heder's film CODA premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Apple bought the rights to the film for $25 million.[15] It was released globally on Apple TV+ and in theaters on August 13, 2021.[16] Heder won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for her work on the film.

Personal life

Heder is married to actor and producer David Newsom, with whom she has two children.[17]

Filmography

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2016 Men of a Certain Age No Yes No

Peabody Award

2016 Tallulah Yes Yes No
2020-2022 Little America Yes Yes Yes
2021 CODA Yes Yes No
2023 Barry No No No

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Thyra Heder". Thyra Heder. Archived from the original on May 30, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
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  5. ^ Welkos, Robert W. (May 26, 2006). "A nanny's insight". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "AFI and Lifetime Team Up to Employ Female Filmmakers". American Film. Archived from the original on January 24, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  7. ^ "Mother". Festival de Cannes. Archived from the original on May 19, 2022. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  8. ^ "Peabody Award surprises: 'Men of a Certain Age,' 'Justified'". LA Times Blogs - Awards Tracker. March 31, 2011. Archived from the original on January 27, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "Zachary Quinto debuts rescue film 'Dog Eat Dog'". MNN - Mother Nature Network. Archived from the original on January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  10. ^ "Ellen Page, Allison Janney to star in Route One's 'Tallulah'". www.screendaily.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "Sundance: James Franco's 'Goat,' Ellen Page's 'Tallulah' Highlight Dramatic Competition". TheWrap. December 2, 2015. Archived from the original on January 6, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  12. ^ "Tallulah". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on April 12, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  13. ^ Sharf, Zack (January 13, 2016). "Netflix Kicks Off Sundance Early By Acquiring Ellen Page-Starring 'Tallulah'". Indiewire. Archived from the original on January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  14. ^ Van-Syckle, Katie (April 27, 2016). "Movies About Women Nearly Impossible to Finance, Say Indie Producers". Variety. Archived from the original on December 31, 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  15. ^ Lindahl, Chris (March 6, 2021). "Apple Paid $25 Million for Worldwide Rights to 'CODA.' Here's Why That's a Problem". IndieWire. Archived from the original on March 30, 2022. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  16. ^ "Apple Sets August Day-and-Date Release for Record-Breaking Sundance Winner 'CODA'". April 21, 2021.
  17. ^ Harman, Justine (January 25, 2016). "7 Unexpected, Unruly, Utterly Incovenient Women Coming To A Screen Near You". Elle. Archived from the original on May 11, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016.