Jeff Hare's dream of being a film director was forged many years ago, when he would sneak into his neighborhood Philadelphia theatre to see movies. At ten-years-old, Jeff found himself watching "The Deer Hunter", and that was it. Walking home afterwards, Jeff knew that he had to become a director.
After graduating from Penn State, Jeff went to work for ABC Television as an on-air news reporter based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Shortly after becoming an award-winning journalist, Jeff discovered he hated the profession, and did not want to spend one more day of his life doing it. In fact, the only part of the job Jeff really enjoyed was taking out a camera and shooting. Once again, the dream of being behind the camera was reborn.
Jeff moved to Hollywood in 1989 and began his career inauspiciously, schlepping coffees and making copies as a production assistant. But, he kept his eyes open, and learned all that he could, working his way from production assistant to producer in four short years. In that time Jeff worked on such films as "The Grifters", "Heart Condition", "AKA", "Roommates", and the NBC Series, "Hardball".
In 1994, Jeff was given his first opportunity to direct, and he has been directing since then. His work is extremely diverse. Jeff has directed television shows that have aired on Fox, American Movie Classics, SPEED-TV and BET, and television commercials for Bally's Health and Fitness, Toyota, E-Trade, Jenny Craig, Schlage Locks, Petco, and Jobtrak.com, to name just a few.
In 1999, Jeff completed his first narrative film, "A Perfect Little Man" which he wrote and directed. "A Perfect Little Man" won "Best Director" and "Best Actor" at the Atlantic City Film Festival, and the prestigious "Dramatic Award" at The Worldfest Film Festival, the same award won by both Steven Speilberg and George Lucas for their first films.
In 2002-03, Jeff directed the world premiere of the critically acclaimed play "Blockage", which captured "Best Director" and "Best Comedy" awards at the 2003 ADA Awards. "Blockage" was held over due to popular demand for a remarkable eight months!
In 2004, Jeff directed the film "Checking Out", starring Peter Falk, Laura San Giacomo, David Paymer and Judge Reinhold. The film won "Best Picture" and "Best Screenplay" at the Phoenix Film Festival, "Best Director" and "Best Actress" at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and "Best Comedy Feature" at Worldfest. The film played to packed, cheering houses in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Palm Beach and Houston. In fact, demand for tickets was so great in Palm Beach that festival organizers had to screen the film simultaneously on two screens. Even with that, over 200 people had to be turned away at the box office! The film is a popular rental at both Blockbuster and Netflix.
In 2008, Jeff helmed "Bitter/Sweet", a romantic comedy starring Kip Pardue, James Brolin and an international cast. "Bitter/Sweet" won "Best Film" and "Best Director" at Worldfest Houston, while also taking down the award for "Best International Film" at the Mammoth Film Festival. The film played over a dozen festivals in 2009 and has been nominated for "Best Film", "Best Director", "Best Actor", "Best Supporting Actor", and "Best Cinematography". Jeff also won the "Rising Star Award" at the 2009 Naples International Film Festival.
Currently, Jeff has been hired by Al Pacino's CHAL PRODUCTIONS to write "The Long Run", a script that will star the Academy Award winning acting legend. Jeff will also be heading abroad in 2011 to shoot "Arrows", a character-driven action picture set in Thailand, Japan, and England and will shoot the horror/thriller "Dark Desert Highway" and the medical drama "Bad Medicine" in 2012.