Lisa Cholodenko

Director, Screenwriter, Assistant editor
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 journalist or a ... Read more »
Born: 06/05/1964 in Los AngelesUSA

Filmography

Director (12)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Olive Kitteridge 2001 - 2002, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Slap 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Hung 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Kids Are All Right 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The L Word 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Laurel Canyon 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Six Feet Under 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

High Art 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Souvenir 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

dinner party 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Cavedweller (TV Show)

Director
Writer (5)

The Kids Are All Right 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Laurel Canyon 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High Art 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Souvenir 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

dinner party 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Souvenir 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tipped 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crawl 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (3)

dinner party 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Lawnmower Man 1992 (Movie)

(Assistant Editor)

Used People 1992 (Movie)

(Los Angeles) (Assistant Editor)
Actor (1)

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)
Production Management (1)

Some of These Days 1993 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Biography

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 journalist or a lesbian couple dealing with a sperm donor who has suddenly come into their children's lives. Cholodenko's body of work often featured a strong female lead, from Ally Sheedy's riveting portrayal of a heroin junkie in "High Art" (1998) to Annette Bening playing a mother of two confronted with her family's complicated history in "The Kids Are All Right" (2010). Steering clear of sappy and apologetic Hollywood endings, Cholodenko never played it safe when it came to telling stories of flawed, hilarious, and affecting characters whose lives mirrored those of her audience, and in doing so, was regarded as one of the most exciting and poignant filmmakers of her time.

Relationships

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

Wendy Melvoin

Companion

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

San Francisco State University

San Francisco , California

Milestones

2014

Directed four-part HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge," starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins

2010

Co-wrote and directed "The Kids Are All Right," starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening

2005

Directed an episode of Showtime's "The L Word"

2002

Wrote and directed second feature, "Laurel Canyon"

2001

Directed an episode of the HBO series, "Six Feet Under"

1999

Made TV directing debut with an episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1998

Made feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "High Art"

1996

Wrote, edited, produced and directed second short film, "Dinner Party"

1994

Produced, wrote and directed the short film, "Souvenir"; premiered at the London Film Festival

1992

Moved to NYC to attend Columbia University

1992

Was assistant editor on "The Lawnmower Man" and "Used People"

1991

Served as post-production assitant on John Singleton's "Boys N the Hood"

Bonus Trivia

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Lisa Cholodenko came out as a lesbian in the 11th grade.

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Cholodenko met musician and composer Wendy Melvoin in 2002 when scouting for a composer for her film "Laurel Canyon." The pair began dating several months later.

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Cholodenko's commercial breakthrough "The Kids Are Alright" was inspired by her decision to have a child with partner Wendy Melvoin through an anonymous sperm donor.

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