Hal Hartley is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and composer who became a key figure in the American independent film movement of the 1980s and ’90s. He is best known for his films The Unbelievable Truth, Trust, Simple Men, Amateur and Henry Fool, which are notable for deadpan humour and offbeat characters quoting philosophical dialogue. Hartley frequently scores his own films using his pseudonym Ned Rifle. He has written, produced, and directed 14 feature films since 1988, all of which have been distributed internationally. In addition to having won a variety of awards at international film festivals around the world, he has also staged theater and opera projects and currently runs his own company, Possible Films.