From the tick-tock anxiousness of a
courtroom drama to the taut suspense of a psychological thriller, GARY FLEDER
(Director/Producer)is consistently able to keep audiences on the edge of their
seats. Fleder has made his mark in Hollywood as a craftsman of thrillers, and
his expertise ranges from crime and action dramas to science fiction and dark
Before the lawyers in RUNAWAY JURY,
Fleder was dealing with cops. In 2002, he was at the helm of an episode of the
FX show "The Shield." The breakout hit helped redefine FX and garnered
three Emmy and two Golden Globe awards, including best television series. The
same year, Fleder helmed the futuristic sci-fi thriller "Impostor" for
Dimension Films. Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick, the film starred
Gary Sinise as a man suspected of being an alien android during a war between
humans and aliens.
In 2001, Fleder teamed up with Academy
Award winner Michael Douglas and then-rising starlet Brittany Murphy for the
Regency Enterprises action thriller "Don't Say a Word." The story of
a psychologist, a kidnapper and a disturbed young woman who harbors a secret
that can solve the case, "Don't Say aWord" offered Fleder a unique
challenge because its action unfolds over the course of a single day.
In 1997, another young actress saw her
career skyrocket as the result of her work with Fleder. With Fleder in the
director's chair, Ashley Judd starred along with Morgan Freeman in the screen
adaptation of the James Patterson novel "Kiss the Girls." The film
launched Judd to stardom and was the first of her two successful pairings with
The same year saw Fleder at the helm of
two television projects. First, he directed the memorable episode of
"Homicide: Life on the Street" entitled "The Subway." Guest
star Vincent D'Onofrio won a Peabody award for his portrayal of a commuter who
is pushed into a moving subway train and is mortally wounded when he becomes
trapped between the train and the platform. The episode also inspired a PBS
documentary on the making of the series. Fleder also worked with producer Tom
Hanks in 1997 to direct an episode of the Emmy-award-winning mini-series
"From the Earth to the Moon."
Fleder's first foray into feature films
was the Miramax dark comedy "Things To Do In Denver When You're
Dead." Andy Garcia starred as one of five criminals who botch a job and end
up with contracts on their heads. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
in 1995 and garnered Fleder two awards from the police drama film festival
Cognac Festival du Film Policier.
In 1993, Fleder's work on the small
screen brought him accolades. His episode of the HBO series "Tales from the
Crypt" earned him a Cable Ace Award. Also in 1993, Fleder made his second
appearance at the Sundance Film Festival with a 30-minute documentary showcasing
three years in the life of Brooklyn boxer Philip Paolina. One year prior, his
USC thesis project "Air Time," a thriller about an ex-con threatening
a late-night radio talk show psychologist, also made it to Sundance, and in 1988
his short film "Terminal Round" debuted at the Mill Valley Film
Festival in California.
A graduate of USC School of Cinema and
Television, Fleder is a member of the Directors Guild's Special Projects
Committee. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia.
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