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Peter Werner

Director Peter Werner and his films have received numerous accolades. Admitted to the American Film Institute, Werner wrote and directed a short film called In the Region of Ice, based on a story by Joyce Carol Oates. The short was selected and shown at the New York Film Festival in 1977 and won an Academy Award.

Additionally, Werner won an ACE Award for The Image, starring Albert Finney and then unknown Brad Pitt. He earned Emmy nominations for LBJ: The Early Years, starring Randy Quaid and Patti LuPone, the black and white episode of Moonlighting, which was recently named as one of the best episodes of all time by TV Guide, and Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, starring Sela Ward. He received DGA nominations for Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes, starring Max Von Sydow, as well as for Moonlighting and Almost Golden. Recently, he won a GLAAD award for Two Mothers for Zachary, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Valerie Bertinelli, and directed the Emmy Award-winning mini-series Mama Flora's Family, starring Cecily Tyson, Blair Underwood and Queen Latifah. Additionally, Werner directed Hefner: Unauthorized. Other honors have gone to Aunt Mary, The Substitute Wife and The Four Diamonds.

Werner directed the feature film No Man's Land, starring Charlie Sheen, and won a Christopher Award for his direction of the film Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder, which starred Dennis Christopher.

Werner grew up in New York City where his first job was as an usher at the Walter Reade Theaters. He attended Dartmouth College where he was head of the Film Society, shot and edited the football films and reviewed for the Daily D.

After graduating, he spent a year as a V.I.S.T.A. Volunteer in Detroit, then received a Masters in Teaching from Antioch College before helping to start a free high school in Deerfield, Mass. Werner directed his first film, a documentary about his neighbor, 87-year-old Frances Flaherty. Hidden and Seeking was shown on PBS and received numerous awards. Werner hired his younger brother to produce and record sound. Tom is now head of Carsey-Werner.

Werner recently directed the upcoming holiday telefilm entitled Call Me Claus, starring Whoopi Goldberg.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Peter Werner Facts

BirthdayJanuary 17, 1947 (75)
BirthplaceNew Jersey, USA

Selected Filmography

I of the Storm
The Man Behind the Curtain
Good to the Bone
Eyes of the Beholder
The Son Also Rises
Judge, Jury &Executioner
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