Cult filmmaker specialized in low-budget, stylized comedies marked
by long and surrealistic conversations and absurd story lines.
In his movies Hartley used new talents (most of them close friends)
like Martin Donovan, Karen Silas, Robert Burke, Elina Lowensohn
and Adrienne Shelly. Most of his films are accompanied with music
from Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and recently PJ Harvey.
After seeing Trust, French star Isabelle Huppert was rewarded her
request to star in one of his movies, Amateur.
In addition to writing, directing, and producing, Hartley frequently
writes soundtrack music under the name Ned Rifle.