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KIMBERLY PEIRCE's film "The Last Good Breath," a 16-mm experimental short about two lovers who take turns sacrificing themselves to survive a world war, ran in the Leopard of Tomorrow Program at the 1994 Locarno International Film Festival. The film won several awards including second place at the Canada International, a Golden Award in the Experimental Division at the Chicago International and first place at the Suffolk Film Festival.

Her non-fiction film and theater articles have appeared in Kansai Time Out, Grey City Journal and Chicago's Screen Magazine. She lived in Kobe, Japan for two years where she photographed sumo wrestlers, geisha and yakuza, which were later exhibited at the Chicago Festival for the Arts.

Inspired by the life and death of Brandon Teena, Peirce co-wrote the script for the film as a graduate thesis. As a short, it was nominated by the Columbia Faculty for the Princess Grace Award and received a 1995 Astrea Production Grant.

Peirce also edited Shawn Atkins' 16-mm experimental animated film "Anastasia and the Queen of Hearts," which screened at the New York Film Festival and assistant edited Cheryl Dunye's 16-mm short, "Greetings from Africa," which screened at the Berlin, Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals among others.

She received a B.A. in English and Japanese Literature from the University of Chicago and an MFA in film from the Columbia University.

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