Jerusha Elizabeth Hess (Demke) MP

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Birthdate: (33)
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
Occupation: Writer and Director
Managed by: Leslie Ann
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About Jerusha Elizabeth Hess (Demke)

Jerusha was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and went to BYU film school. It was there where she met her future husband and collaborator, Jared Hess.

Jerusha was the producer of her husband's short film "Cardboard Only" (2000). Writer/director of the short film "Streamers," which competed in BYU's Final Cut competition in 2002 and in the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002. "Streamers" was selected for inclusion in the LDS Film Festival's touring "Best of 2002" program. First assistant camera for the award-winning short film "Peluca," directed by Jared Hess. Second assistant camera for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature films "The Singles Ward" (2002), "Handcart" (2002) and "The R.M." (2003).

She has worked with her husband on Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos. Directed film adaptation of the book Austenland, which was released in 2013. She and her husband also directed The Postal Service’s third single “We Will Become Silhouettes” and The Killers’ Christmas Charity single “Boots”.


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Jerusha Hess's Timeline

July 12, 1980
Omaha, Nebraska