Susan Seidelman

Director
A leading figure in both independent and women's filmmaking since the early 1980s, director Susan Seidelman leapt to prominence with her smart, angsty drama "Smithereens" (1982), which paved the way for her greatest ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1952 in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (22)

Deficit 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Yours Truly, Andrea G. Stern 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hot Flashes 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Musical Chairs 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Boynton Beach Club 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Early Edition 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Now and Again 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Stella 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Gaudi Afternoon 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dutch Master 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Sex and the City 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

The Barefoot Executive 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

Confessions of a Suburban Girl 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

She-Devil 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Making Mr. Right 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Smithereens 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

And You Act Like One Too 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

A Cooler Climate (TV Show)

Director

Power and Beauty (TV Show)

Director

The Ranch (TV Show)

Director
Actor (8)

Film School 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Confessions of a Suburban Girl 1993 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Calling the Shots 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Chambre 666 1983 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)
Producer (8)

The Hot Flashes 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Musical Chairs 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Boynton Beach Club 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gaudi Afternoon 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

She-Devil 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Making Mr. Right 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Smithereens 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (4)

The Boynton Beach Club 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dutch Master 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Confessions of a Suburban Girl 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Smithereens 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

A leading figure in both independent and women's filmmaking since the early 1980s, director Susan Seidelman leapt to prominence with her smart, angsty drama "Smithereens" (1982), which paved the way for her greatest screen success, "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), featuring Madonna on the cusp of superstardom. Both films hinged around women confronting society's requirements to conform to traditional female roles by pursuing their own dreams, no matter how offbeat or impossible the goal might seem. This central thesis also informed most, if not all of Seidelmen's subsequent work, including the comedies "Making Mr. Right" (1987) and "She-Devil" (1989), as well as the pilot for "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) and "Boynton Beach Club," which honed its focus to the lives of women in their senior years. Though she never quite reclaimed the success of "Susan" with another feature, Seidelman worked steadily throughout her two-decade-long career in a variety of genres while applying her own aesthetic to each of her projects. In doing so, she transcended the typical Hollywood model of "hits" and "flops" to present instead a body of work regarded more for its quality and integrity than its box-office returns.

Relationships

Sibling
has two older

Michael Seidelman

Father

Florence Seidelman

Mother

Jonathan Brett

Companion

Oscar Brett

Son
born December 16, 1989 father Jonathan Brett

EDUCATION

Institute of Film and TV, New York University

New York, New York
made directing debut with 28-minute student film, "And You Act Like One Too" (won Student Academy Award and was featured in Whitney Museum's "New Directors" series)

Drexel Institute of Technology

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Milestones

1985

Breakthrough feature, "Desperately Seeking Susan"

1982

Directed first feature, "Smithereens" (first independent American feature to be accepted into competition at Cannes Film Festival

Made several short films, including the documentary "Confessions of a Suburban Girl" (1992) and the fantasy "The Dutch Master", both of which she also wrote

Worked at UHF TV station in Philadelphia

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