Gary Fleder

Director, Screenwriter
Gary Fleder made a smooth transition first from student films to television and then to features. His student short "Terminal Round", a 8-minute look into boxing, appeared at the Mill Valley (California) Film Festival ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1965 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Director (30)

Turn 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Kingdom 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Scorpion 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Star-Crossed 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Homefront 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Beauty and the Beast 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

The River 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Vegas 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Life Unexpected 1997 - 2000, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Life on Mars 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

October Road 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

The Express 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Evidence 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Blind Justice 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Runaway Jury 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shield 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Don't Say A Word 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Falcone 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Homicide: Life on the Street 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Companion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Forever Ambergris 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Seance 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Air Time 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Animal Instinct 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Terminal Round 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Talk Talk (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Kristy 2014 (Movie)

(current draft) (Screenplay)

Air Time 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (2)

Runaway Jury 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (1)

Warball 1989 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Actor (1)

Biography

Gary Fleder made a smooth transition first from student films to television and then to features. His student short "Terminal Round", a 8-minute look into boxing, appeared at the Mill Valley (California) Film Festival in 1988 and his USC thesis project "Air Time" (1991) opened eyes to his talent at the 1992 Sundance Festival. A 48-minute thriller written by pal Scott Rosenberg, "Air Time" related the story of an ex-con threatening a late-night radio-talk-show psychologist. He returned to the world of boxing when he helmed "Animal Instinct" (1992), a 30-minute documentary detailing three years in the life of Brooklyn boxer Philip Paolina. Fleder cut his commercial teeth directing two episodes of HBO's popular "Tales From the Crypt" series ("Seance" 1992; "Forever Ambergris" 1993), both written by Rosenberg.

EDUCATION

College of Communications, Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1985
graduated summa cum laude

School of Cinema and Television, University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1991
won the prestigious John Huston Directing Scholarship; made thesis film "Air Time"

Milestones

2002

Produced (with star Gary Sinise) and directed the sci-fi film "Impostor"; originally made as a 40-minute short in 1998 to be included in an anthology film called "Light Years", the footage so impressed the executives at Dimension Films that Fleder was giv

2001

Directed the thriller "Don't Say a Word", with Brittany Murphy in a co-starring role

1998

Helmed pilot for the CBS drama series "L.A. Doctors"

1997

Breakthrough feature, "Kiss the Girls", a dark and moody thriller that reflected the visual influence of 70s films like "The Exorcist" and "Klute"

1997

Directed the impressive "The Subway" episode of the NBC drama series "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1995

Directed feature "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"; scripted by Rosenberg

1994

TV-movie directing debut, USA Network's "The Companion"

1992

Short film "Air Time" debuted at Sundance Festival; first collaboration with writer Scott Rosenberg

1992

Returned to boxing (subject of "Terminal Round"), directing "Animal Instinct", a 30-minute documentary about Brooklyn boxer Philip Paolina (shown at 1993 Sundance Festival)

1992

TV directing debut, the "Seance" episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"; written by Scott Rosenberg

1988

Directorial debut, "Terminal Round", 8-minute short shown at Mill Valley (CA) Film Festival

Attached as director of a biopic of Janis Joplin with Brittany Murphy set to play the singer; project abandoned

Helmed "The Runaway Jury" (lensed 2002), based on John Grisham's best-seller

Founded Mojo Films to develop projects for him to produce and direct; in 1997 signed two-year, first-look development deal with New Line

Worked as commercial director in both Chicago and Minneapolis

Bonus Trivia

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Asked if he would work again in anamorphic, which leaves less room for flexibility in terms of both focus and lighting: "Anamorphic is certainly a challenge in terms of focus, especially when you're using longer lenses moving to and from objects, off-axis and on-axis. The jury is still out for me. I love the way 'Kiss the Girls' looks, and I think it's a better film because of the format. But I never quite felt safe with anamorphic." --Fleder in American Cinematography, September 1997.

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"Anyone who thinks it [a movie] doesn't start with words is insane. We wouldn't be sitting here talking if there was no Scott Rosenberg [writer of 'Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead'] writing the screenplay. It's impossible to make a great film from a mediocre screenplay--but a great screenplay doesn't automatically make a great film." --Gary Fleder to Empire, June 1996.

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About making "Kiss the Girls": "'Seven' was an incredible film, but every frame of it semed to express the inevitability of doom and decay. I wanted to make a film that was dark and moody, but which felt inherently hopeful, as if there was a chance of redemption for humanity." --Gary Fleder to American Cinematographer, September 1997.

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