TAKE THE LEAD
Highly regarded in the music industry as one of the finest music video directors,
LIZ FRIEDLANDER is making her move to the silver screen with her first feature film from New Line Cinema, Take the Lead, hitting theaters April 7th. Starring Antonio Banderas, the drama is inspired by the true story of Pierre Dulaine, a Manhattan dance teacher who volunteers his time to New York inner-city high school students.
It is no mystery why Friedlander was chosen for Take the Lead. Having directed over 80 music videos for artists such as U2, Celine Dion, REM, and most recently such emerging talent as Joss Stone and New Found Glory, her resume definitely fit the bill. Many of Friedlander's videos have received honors from both Billboard and MTV Video Awards alike, taking home the MTV Viewer's Choice Award for Best Video of 2002 for her work with Michelle Branch. Prior to working as a music video director, Liz worked as both a producer and editor, teaming up with The Red Hot Chili Peppers among others.
Originally from New York, Liz attended the Drama Conservatory school at Carnegie Mellon in Pennsylvania. She then attended the University of California Santa Cruz followed by the UCLA Film School, where she graduated as the valedictorian of her class, and won the prestigious Frank S. Glicksman Award for her short film "Eleven-Twenty.ā€¯
Liz now resides in Los Angeles.
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