Sarah Pillsbury

Producer
Producer Sarah Pillsbury was most prolific as part of the Sanford/Pillsbury production team, working alongside Midge Sanford in a pairing well-known for their acclaimed and popular character-driven independents. Before ... Read more »
Born: in New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (17)

The Color of Water 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Quid Pro Quo 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nailed 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Tic Code 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Joyriders 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Love Letter 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love Field 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Eight Men Out 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home Again 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

River's Edge 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Producer

Letter to My Killer (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Seeds of Tragedy (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Counterfeit Contessa (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Producer Sarah Pillsbury was most prolific as part of the Sanford/Pillsbury production team, working alongside Midge Sanford in a pairing well-known for their acclaimed and popular character-driven independents. Before the beginning of her association with Sanford, Pillsbury worked on documentaries, starting her career as associate producer of the 1976 Oscar-nominated white supremacist documentary "The California Reich". She produced the Ron Ellis live action Academy Award-winning short "Board and Care" (1979) before meeting up with Midge Sanford in 1980. After raising capital, they formed Sanford/Pillsbury Productions in 1982, a company that has consistently released high-caliber independent films, working with directors including John Sayles, Susan Seidelman and Jonathan Kaplan. In 1995, the producing team signed a first look development deal with DreamWorks SKG, leading to their involvement in the 1999 releases "The Love Letter" and "The Joyriders".

Relationships

Richard Kletter

Husband

Nora Kletter

Daughter
born c. 1984

William Kletter

Son
born c. 1988

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1974

Concord Academy

Massachusetts 1969
graduated

Milestones

1999

Was producer of "The Joyriders" a drama about a depressed man kidnapped by joyriding teens, marking the production team's DreamWorks SKG debut

1999

Produced the charming romantic comedy "The Love Letter" for DreamWorks SKG

1998

Produced "The Tic Code", a drama starring Gregory Hines as a jazz musician with Tourette's Syndrome who meets a young jazz enthusiast with the same ailment

1995

Sanford/Pillsbury Productions signed two-year, first look agreement with DreamWorks SKG

1994

Produced the light and entertaining Fox TV movie "The Counterfeit Contessa", starring Tea Leoni as a Brooklyn woman mistaken for an Italian countess

1993

With Midge Sanford, produced the star-studded HBO original film "And the Band Played On", an historical and emotional look at the AIDS epidemic in the United States

1991

Produced the acclaimed Fox television docudrama "Seeds of Tragedy", following the life of a coca bean from its harvest to its life on Los Angeles' streets as cocaine

1989

Produced the engaging "Immediate Family", an infertility drama starring Mary Stuart Masterson and Glenn Close

1988

"Eight Men Out", Sanford and Pillsbury's first optioned script is finally completed and released, eight years after first optioning

1987

Was producer of the troubling teen drama "River's Edge"

1985

Produced first feature film (with Sanford), "Desperately Seeking Susan"

1982

Official inauguration of Sanford/Pillsbury Productions

1980

Formed partnership with Midge Sanford

1979

Produced the Academy Award-winning short subject "Board and Care"

1976

Began career as associate producer of documentary, "The California Reich"

Raised in Wayzata, Minnesota

Worked as assistant to Martin Ransohoff and Arnold Kopelson

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