Stacy Cochran

Director, Screenwriter
This up-and-coming screenwriter-director helmed two off-beat films in the mid-1990s. After deciding against a political science degree, Cochran took a job writing for a children's TV magazine. While earning her MFA in ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1958 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Director (7)

Cocktails at Six 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Drop Back Ten 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Richard Lester! 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Boys 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

My New Gun 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Another Damaging Day 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Same Difference (TV Show)

Director
Writer (5)

Cocktails at Six 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Drop Back Ten 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boys 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My New Gun 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Another Damaging Day 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Drop Back Ten 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Richard Lester! 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

The Glades 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor
Music (1)

My New Gun 1992 (Movie)

("Picture of You") (Song)

Biography

This up-and-coming screenwriter-director helmed two off-beat films in the mid-1990s. After deciding against a political science degree, Cochran took a job writing for a children's TV magazine. While earning her MFA in film from New York's Columbia University, she wrote and directed short films, including the well-received festival hits "Cocktails at Six" (1987) and "Another Damaging Day" (1990). Producer Michael Flynn was impressed enough to request a feature script from Cochran, who presented him with "My New Gun" (1992).

Although it was a fairly small-scale film, "My New Gun" got terrific press at the Cannes Film Festival and was acclaimed one of the year's best by ROLLING STONE, THE NEW YORKER and others. Cochran directed her own script, about a gift gun which induces trauma, dark humor and even romance in the life of its suburban housewife owner (Diane Lane).

She also wrote and directed her second film, "Boys" (1996). Not as big a critical success, "Boys" starred Winona Ryder as a mysterious young woman who is hidden by a boarding school boy (Lukas Haas) and his classmates. Dismissed as somewhat vague and unfocused, "Boys" did not linger in theaters.

Cochran made her TV debut in 1994, with the CBS TV-movie "Same Difference", about the culturally rocky friendship of two teenagers.

Relationships

Eric

Husband

EDUCATION

School of the Arts, Columbia University

New York , New York

Williams College

Williamstown , Massachusetts

Milestones

2000

Wrote, produced and directed "Drop Back Ten", featuring James Le Gros and Tate Donovan; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

1998

Produced and directed "Richard Lester!", a documentary portrait of the American filmmaker

1996

Helmed "Boys"

1994

TV-movie directing debut, "Same Difference" (CBS)

1992

Wrote and directed first feature film, "My New Gun"

1990

Directed well-received short film "Another Damaging Day"

1987

Wrote and directed short film "Cocktails at Six"

1985

Began making short films

Bonus Trivia

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"My writing is passive-aggressive. It's a casual writing style, but it's actually hard to improvise from. So the film is, for the most part, verbatim from the script. As a director, I was like, 'do whatever you want, but do it exactly the way I want you to'."--Stacy Cochran on "My New Gun" in THE NEW YORK TIMES, 10/25/92

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