With years spent in TV directing episodes of such shows as “The Wire,” “CSI: NY,” “True Blood” and “Treme,” Anthony Hemingway made his directorial debut with Red Tails in 2012. While the film did not exactly make history at the box office, it was a major step for Hemingway as George Lucas and Lucasfilm produced it. This marks the first Lucasfilm production since 1994, as Hemingway worked with both Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard, after working on The Manchurian Candidate, Changing Lanes and Neil Young: Heart of Gold as an assistant director. Hemingway is a talent that is paying his dues and honing his craft each step up the ladder. He is a perfect example that there are no such things as short cuts, just hard work and taking full advantage of opportunities earned.