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Holy Innocents Episcopal School's Hollywood ties

Who knew Holy Innocents Episcopal School in Sandy Springs boasted so many Hollywood ties?

The school’s alum roster includes Brian Baumgartner, known for his role on Kevin on the long-runing television comedy “The Office.”

Brian Baumgartner during a visit to his alma mater. Photos: courtesy of Holy Innocents Episcopal School

Colin Ford, who attended primary school and part of his Lower School years at HIES, made his acting debut in “Sweet Home Alabama” and appeared in “We Bought a Zoo,” starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. He's known more recently for his role as young Sam Winchester in the TV series “Supernatural.”

Gene Wilder, whose step-grandson is HIES student, has visited to discuss all things Willy Wonka.

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Gene Wilder visits HIES.

Alum Freedom Wright worked with actress Keisha Knight-Pulliam, the founder of Kamp Kizzy in Atlanta, a non-profit that works with young girls, during her time there.

Film-broadcast teacher Joe Conway's movie “Things People Do” debuted last year at the Berlin International Film Festival. He co-wrote the film with Saar Klein, who also directed and is known for work on films including “The Bourne Identity” and “Almost Famous.” Sarah Green, known for work on “The Tree of Life” and “Mud,” served as a producer.

Film teacher and filmmaker Joe Conway.

These days the HIES family is excited to look for third grader Owen Vaccaro in "Daddy's Home," a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. It's due out this summer.

Read our interview with Owen here.

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