Catherine Hardwicke

2024 HONORED GUEST EVENT

WHAT: An Evening With Catherine Hardwicke
WHEN: 7 PM Friday, April 26, 2024
WHERE: Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham

TICKETS: $40 for entire evening. $20 for film and discussion only.*

*Admission to Honored Guest event is included in All-Access Festival Passes purchased before April 19.

Catherine Hardwicke, the trailblazing filmmaker behind acclaimed works such as Thirteen, Twilight, and Miss You Already, will share her insights, inspiration, and cinematic magic at the CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival as this year’s Honored Guest. 

7 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Mount Baker Theatre

CASCADIA presents “An Evening with Director Catherine Hardwicke” at the Mount Baker Theatre, Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

Hardwicke’s career has been nothing short of extraordinary. From her groundbreaking debut with Thirteen to the global phenomenon of Twilight, she has consistently pushed boundaries. Her verité lens captures raw emotions, teenage angst, and powerful narratives that resonate with audiences worldwide. Twilight’s opening day shattered box office records for women-directed films.

During “An Evening with Director Catherine Hardwicke,” audiences will learn about her creative process, the art of storytelling, and the delicate balance between passion and pragmatism.  

Ticketed Meet & Greet Dessert Reception. 

A ticketed meet and greet dessert reception for Hardwicke, with cash bar, will take place immediately after the film in Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room. Admission to the entire evening is included in this year’s Festival All Access Pass. General admission tickets for the presentation only or for the combined live presentation and reception can be purchased directly through the Mount Baker Theatre box office beginning Friday, March 29.

Saturday, April 27 at Pickford Film Center.
FILMS: “Miss You Already” & “Twilight”

On  Saturday, April 27, the festival will present Hardwicke’s Miss You Already, a British romantic comedy-drama film written by Morwenna Banks. The film stars Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore and Dominic Cooper. A Q&A will follow Hardwicke. 

In addition, the Pickford Film Center and CASCADIA will co-present a special screening of Twilight on Saturday, April 27, at the PIckford Film Center. Tickets are required; no festival passes will be accepted. Ticket info here.

More About Catherine Hardwicke

Hardwicke’s first film as a director (and co-writer) was the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age Thirteen, which won numerous awards in global film festivals, including the Director’s Award at Sundance, Golden Globe nominations for Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, and an Academy Award nomination for Holly Hunter. Hardwicke has since then become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the blockbuster franchise and earned nearly $400 million at the global box office.  

Hardwicke’s other credits include: Lords of Dogtown (Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch), Miss You Already (Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette), Red Riding Hood (Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman), Miss Bala (Gina Rodriguez) and The Nativity Story (Oscar Isaac).  For television, she has directed episodes of This Is Us, Eye Witness, Low Winter Sun, Hell on Wheels, Reckless and the 14 part Quibi series Don’t Look Deeper (Don Cheadle, Emily Mortimer). 

Hardwicke previously worked as a Production Designer on films including Vanilla Sky, Three Kings, Tank Girl, and the classic western Tombstone. She holds an Architecture degree from UT Austin and did graduate work in animation at UCLA Film School. 

Hardwicke’s latest work includes the wild action/comedy Mafia Mamma, filmed in Rome (Toni Collette, Monica Bellucci), a gritty family drama Prisoner’s Daughter (Kate Beckinsale, Brian Cox), which premiered at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival, Dreams in the Witchhouse (Rupert Grint, Ismael Cruz Cordova), inspired by a J.P. Lovecraft novella for the Netflix anthology series Guillermo del Toro’s “Cabinet of Curiosities.” She recently worked on the upcoming Hulu series, Under the Bridge, starring Riley Keough and Lily Gladstone.

Catherine Hardwicke on the set of “Twilight.”
Hardwicke on the set of Miss Bala.