Writer and director Lisa Cholodenko had the innate talent to draw out deft and touching performances from her actors, whether it was as a drug-addicted photographer in an explosive relationship with a...
Los Angeles, CA
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|The Kids Are All Right||Director||n/a||2|
|The Letter of the Law||Director||n/a||2|
|The Kids Are All Right||Screenplay||n/a||4000005|
|Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day||Screenplay||(current draft)||4000006|
|Some of These Days||Assistant Director||n/a||5000005|
|The Lawnmower Man||Assistant Editor||n/a||7000007|
|Used People||Assistant Editor||(Los Angeles)||7000014|
|Boyz N The Hood||Post-Production Assistant||n/a||25000017|
|Co-wrote and directed, "The Kids Are All Right," starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening|
|Produced, wrote and directed the short film, "Souvenir"; premiered at the London Film Festival|
|Was assistant editor on "The Lawnmower Man" and "Used People"|
|Moved to NYC to attend Columbia University|
|Raised in California|
|Served as post-production assitant on John Singleton's "Boys N the Hood"|
|Wrote and directed second feature, "Laurel Canyon"|
|Directed an episode of the HBO series, "Six Feet Under"|
|Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director|
|Wrote, edited, produced and directed second short film, "Dinner Party"|
|Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "High Art"|
|Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture ("The Kids Are All Right")|
|Directed an episode of Showtime's "The L Word"|
|Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay ("The Kids Are All Right")|
|Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director ("The Kids Are All Right")|
|TV directing debut, an episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street"|
Lisa Cholodenko was born in Los Angeles on June 5, 1964. She began her filmmaking career as a production assistant, working with John Singleton in his urban drama "Boyz n the Hood" (1991), which led to assistant editor positions for the features "The Lawnmower Man" (1992) and "Used People" (1992). Cholodenko earned her MFA at Columbia University Film School in New York, where she met Milos Forman, the influential director of films such as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996). Forman mentored Cholodenko while she wrote, produced and directed two short films that dealt with female sexuality, "Souvenir" (1994) and "Dinner Party" (1997). The year following the release of "Dinner Party," Cholodenko wrote and directed her first full-length feature, "High Art." The film followed the passionate and exploitative relationship between an ambitious magazine intern (Radha Mitchell) and a heroin-addicted photographer (Ally Sheedy). Critics raved about Cholodenko's feature film debut, honoring her with multiple awards on the festival circuit, including a screenwriting award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and multiple nominations at the 1999 Independent Spirit Awards.
While "High Art" turned Cholodenko into a darling of the independent film community, she showcased her range by taking on small screen projects. She directed episodes for some of the most provocative television series, from the gothic drama "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05) to the sexually charged "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-09). In 2002, Cholodenko wrote and directed her sophomore feature, "Laurel Canyon." Christian Bale starred in the film as a newly engaged man who moves to Los Angeles with his fiancée (Kate Beckinsale). The couple ends up living with his free-spirited mother (Frances McDormand). The film premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival to much acclaim and went on to win several acting awards for McDormand's nuanced portrayal of a bohemian rocker ironing out the strained relationship with her straight-laced son.
In 2010, Cholodenko received the highest praise of her career with "The Kids Are All Right," a suburban comedy-drama about a lesbian couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) whose teen children track down the sperm donor who fathered them (Mark Ruffalo). In "The Kids Are All Right," Cholodenko sought out to make a slice-of-life film driven by the complicated dynamics between parents and children, and what happens when an unexpected member of the family disrupts that cycle. Anchored by Bening and Moore's multilayered performances, the film touched on issues that any family - gay or straight - could relate to. The project was also deeply personal for Cholodenko, who welcomed a son with her partner, musician Wendy Melvoin, from an anonymous sperm donor four years prior. Reportedly filmed on a $4.5 million budget, "The Kids Are All Right" grossed over $20 million just two months after its release. The film also received rave reviews from critics, who showered Cholodenko with multiple award nominations including Best Director and Best Screenplay nods from the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, a Golden Globe nod for Best Screenplay, and two Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
|Calder||Son||Born to Lisa Cholodenko and Wendy Melvoin by way of an anonymous sperm donor|
|Karen Cholodenko||Sister||Born in 1962|
|Laura Cholodenko||Sister||Born in 1969|
|San Francisco State University|
|Lisa Cholodenko came out as a lesbian in the 11th grade.|
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