Hedges Pictures was established by Travis Hedges Williams in 2000. He named the company for his family, who immigrated to the USA from Peterborough, England in the 1960s. The founding members of HP were actors, dancers, and stagehands heavily involved with the performing arts scene in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The first HP movies were all short parodies of productions this group was involved with. HP received it's first formal recognition in 2002, when they earned the award for "Best Comedy Film" at the LSU Outhouse Film Festival for their first feature-length project, Ballet For Children-Unauthorized 3. Moving forward, HP would continue to utilize digital technologies and an all-volunteer cast and crew to create ambitious and quirky movies on a micro-budget. These films include Nutshells - A Brat From the Bayou, which was named one of Pointe Magazine's Must-Own DVDs in 2003; The Lady Is A Doll (starring Wes Brown, who went on to roles on NCIS, Criminal Minds, Once Upon A Time, and HBO's True Blood); the hilarious Taylor Swift Stalker movies (some of the most-viewed HP movies of all time); and the romantic comedy Must Love Board Games, which was featured in numerous board gaming media outlets.
With each project, HP strives to break new artistic ground while working within a "micro" budget. HP believes in providing a collaborative creative environment for talented individuals, building a community of artists from all disciplines, and establishing an audience for independent cinema. The company is passionate about storytelling and aims to touch your heart, mind, and funny bone. Since its inception, HP has produced 5 feature-length projects, over a dozen shorts, worked with over 250 actors (from age three to sixty three), won numerous awards, screened at film festivals in five states, and shot at locations including: Louisiana's Old State Capitol, the barrier islands of Mississippi, Lake Fausse Point State Park, Grand Isle, downtown Nashville, Austin's 6th Street, The Mall of Louisiana, and historic Baton Rouge High School. For various clients, HP has produced pieces that include a children's series, fitness videos, and projections for theatrical events.
About Hedges Pictures' Founder:
HP Founder Travis H. Williams with HP Mascot, F.F.
Travis Hedges Williams has been working professionally in film, television, and theatre for over twenty years. By the age of fourteen he had already begun writing for the stage and screen, served as the lead host on Fox 44 TV's Kid's Club, and been seen as a principal actor in a music video for the band Deadeye Dick (who have a song on the Dumb & Dumber soundtrack). In his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Travis has played numerous roles on stage, including "Captain Hook", "Willy Wonka", "Jack" in The Importance of Being Earnest, and "Septimus Hodge" in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. Additional performances have included The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged], The Woman In Black, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. He also directed Theatre Baton Rouge's 2017 production of The Foreigner. With the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Travis authored the scripts to a number of educational programs and appeared on stage as "Uncle Drosselmeyer" in The Nutcracker and as one of the stepsisters in Cinderella. Travis has also worked for EA Sports (the makers of the Madden series) and for the Red Stick International Animation Festival (which was, at the time, the largest event of its kind in the United States). In addition, he completed an internship at Louisiana Public Broadcasting and worked as a background artist on the films Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Miley Cyrus's So Undercover. Through Hedges Pictures he has served as producer, writer, director, and/or editor of over twenty eight films. Travis graduated cum laude from Louisiana State University, with a degree in General Studies with a concentration in Theatre, Film/Media Arts, and English, and minors in History and Sociology. He also holds a master's degree in Library and Information Science, which he puts to use serving as the archivist for a university law library.
The Hedges Pictures Hall of Fame:
Members of the HP Hall of Fame at the 10th Anniversary Gala
These individuals have volunteered countless hours of their time and talent to help make Hedges Pictures what it is today: Al Brown, Christine Brouillette, Crystal Brown, Sam Bryan, Ronald Coats, The Dufrene Family, Tyler Grezaffi, Kurt Hauschild, Jeffrey Johnson, The Killer, Rachel Lazar, David Perlis, Rachel Perlis, Jourdan Puyau, David Randall, Jesse Seidule, Elliot Westphal, Hayley Westphal, Michael A. Westphal, & Travis H. Williams
Navigating the Maze:
To celebrate their tenth anniversary, Hedges Pictures produced Navigating the Maze: an hour-long documentary which chronicles the company's founding and early adventures in filmmaking.
I. Ballet For Children-Unauthorized (short, 2000) II. Oklahoma! A State of Confusion! (short, 2000) III. Ballet For Children-Unauthorized 2 (short, 2000) IV. It's Just A Little Pizza! (short, 2001) V. Ballet For Children-Unauthorized 3 (feature, 2001) VI. Nutshells, a Brat from the Bayou (feature, 2002) VII. Petrouchka (short, 2003) VIII. The Lady is a Doll (feature, 2004) IX. Darth Apprentice (short, 2004) X. The Lost Island of Laveau (short, 2007) XI. Dance World Revelations (feature, 2008) XII. Dangerous Games (short, 2008) XIII. No Mutual Friends (short, 2010) XIV. Prescription Strength Abstinence (short, 2011) XV. Pitching Twilight (short, 2011)
XVI. The Taylor Swift Stalker (short, 2011) XVII. T.S. Eliot (short, 2012) XVIII. Spirits (short, 2012) XIX. The Incident with The Magician (feature, 2013) XX. The Return of The Taylor Swift Stalker (short, 2013)
XXI. A Requiem for the Soul (short, 2014)
XXII. A Requiem for the Queen (short, 2014)
XXIII. A Requiem for the Ferryman (short, 2014)
XXIV. A Requiem for an Hourglass(short, 2014)
XXV. A Requiem for a Nightingale (short, 2014)
XXVI. A Requiem for Fallen Angels (short, 2014) XXVII. The Day of the Hedges (short, 2015) XXVIII. Must Love Board Games (short, 2016) XXIX. It Came From Somewhere! (short, 2017)