Kimberly Peirce

Director, Screenwriter, Photographer
A prominent indie director of strongly feminist films, Kimberly Peirce broke through with her first feature, "Boys Don't Cry" (1999), a searing look at the life and tragic death of transman Brendon Teena that earned ... Read more »
Born: 09/08/1967 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (9)

American Crime 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Game of Silence 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Halt & Catch Fire 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Manhattan 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Turn 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Carrie 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Stop-Loss 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The L Word 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Boys Don't Cry 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

This Film is Not Yet Rated 2006 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The Life and Death of Teena Brandon 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Ruby's House 1993 (Movie)

Movie Patron (Actor)
Writer (2)

Stop-Loss 2008 (Movie)

(spec) (Screenplay)

Boys Don't Cry 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Stop-Loss 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (1)

Greetings From Africa 1996 (Movie)

(Assistant Editor)

Biography

A prominent indie director of strongly feminist films, Kimberly Peirce broke through with her first feature, "Boys Don't Cry" (1999), a searing look at the life and tragic death of transman Brendon Teena that earned widespread critical acclaim and earned a Best Actress Oscar for the then-unknown Hilary Swank. Openly lesbian in her own life, Peirce moved on to direct an episode of the popular series "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-09), but expanded her horizons by directing the Iraq War-themed "Stop-Loss" (2008), which was inspired, in part, by her own brother's experiences in the war. From there, she ventured into the horror realm by directing the third adaptation of Stephen King's notorious novel, "Carrie" (2013). Though she directed only a handful of projects for a good portion of her career, Peirce remained a prominent voice for feminist issues and beyond.

EDUCATION

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois

Columbia University

New York , New York
Made a short film on the rape and murder of Brandon Teena, which became her thesis

Miami Sunset High School

Miami , Florida

Milestones

2008

Co-wrote (also directed) the war drama, "Stop-Loss"

2006

Directed an episode of the Showtime television series "The L Word"

1999

Feature directorial debut, "Boys Don't Cry"; also co-wrote with Andy Bienen

1997

Participated in the Filmmaker's Lab at the Sundance Institute to work on "Boys Don't Cry" (then titled "Take It Like a Man")

1995

Directed a short film based on the rape and murder of Brandon Teena, "Take It Like a Man"

1995

Edited Shawn Atkins' experimental 16mm animated film "Anastasia and the Queen of Hearts"

1994

Assistant editor of Cheryl Dunye's short "Greetings From Africa"

1993

Helmed the experimental 16-minute short "The Last Good Breath"; screened on the festival circuit

Worked in Japan as an English teacher and a model to fund her undergraduate education

Moved around frequently while growing up, lived in Pennsylvania, Florida, Puerto Rico and Chicago

Bonus Trivia

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Peirce on necessarily toning down the violence in "Boys Don't Cry": "By its nature, the film reduced the reality Brandon faced. The real story is a kind of horror that I think few people will ever know" - From The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 12, 1999

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