An Evening with Lisa Cholodenko (writer/director "The Kids Are All Right")

Presented by the Film Program as part of the Cinema Visionaries series
April 11, 2014 6:30 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the public
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The CCA Film Program presents Cinema Visionaries: An Evening with Lisa Cholodenko, writer and director of The Kids Are All Right and High Art (1998). She will join in conversation with Film co-chair Rob Epstein.

Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right (2010), starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo, was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and won two Golden Globes including Best Picture (comedy) and Best Actress (comedy) for Bening.

Other honors include an Independent Spirit Award for Best Original Screenplay, The New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay, The Berlin Film Festival’s Teddy Award for Best Feature, a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and inclusion in The American Film Institute’s list of best films of 2010.

Cholodenko grew up in Los Angeles and began working in the film industry as an assistant editor on such films as Boyz n the Hood and Used People. She moved to New York in the early 90s and earned an MFA in screenwriting and directing at Columbia University School of the Arts where she made an award-winning short film, Dinner Party, winner of the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 TX prize.

Cholodenko’s debut feature, High Art (1998), starring Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the National Society of Film Critics award for Sheedy’s performance, The Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at Sundance, and the Jury Prize at the Deauville, among other honors.

Her second feature, Laurel Canyon (2002), starring Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, and Kate Beckinsale, also premiered at Cannes and was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for Frances McDormand and Alessandro Nivola’s performances.

Other directing projects include: Showtime’s feature, Cavedweller (2004), which garnered Spirit Award nominations for Kyra Sedgwick and Aidan Quinn as well as episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, Six Feet Under, The L Word, and Hung.

Cholodenko is currently in post-production on Olive Kitteridge, the four-part miniseries she recently directed for HBO and Playtone, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The series stars Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr., and Zoe Kazan, among others.

Cholodenko has served as an adjunct professor of Film at Columbia University, an advisor for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Labs in Park City, Utah, and Oaxaca, Mexico, and is currently on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

She lives in Los Angeles with her partner, Wendy Melvoin, and their son, Calder.

About Cinema Visionaries

Cinema Visionaries is a unique lecture series designed to bring film industry luminaries to CCA for public lectures and exclusive Film Program master classes.

The Cinema Visionaries series is made possible through the generous support of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.