Sundance 2013 Video: Jerusha Hess on Austenland

[Video]: The co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite talks about her directorial debut and working with Stephenie Meyer.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

"Jon Heder really stank 'em up."

Jerusha Hess is Sundance royalty. She and her husband Jared Hess broke out in a big way with 2004's indie comedy Napoleon Dynamite, which went on to become a pop culture sensation and inspire an animated television series of the same name. This year, Jerusha is attending Sundance with her directorial debut, Austenland, a new comedy starring Keri Russell as a Jane Austen fan who attends a fantasy camp promising love and period piece accuracy.

CraveOnline sat down with the director to talk about how she made Austenland her own, why Bret McKenzie didn't write a song for the film, working with Stephenie Meyer on a movie about obsessed fandom and whatever happened to those moon boots from Napoleon Dynamite (pro tip: don't try to smell them).

And make sure to check out all of Crave Online's coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival here!