Directed the hit indie comedy Napoleon Dynamite with directing partner and husband Jared Hess.
She met Hess while attending Brigham Young University's film school.
Her film Napoleon Dynamite started out as the short film Peluca, which featured much of the same cast that ended up starring in the feature-length film.
She and Hess had a son named Eliott and a daughter named Greta.
Her second film, 2006's Nacho Libre, starred Jack Black in the lead role.