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TANYA WEXLER (Director) developed HYSTERIA with Producer Tracey Becker from a fledgling two-page treatment. She knew that she had to make the story of the birth of the vibrator if she never did anything else with her life. She was born and raised in Chicago, and received her BA in Psychology from Yale University. She attended the Columbia University School of the Arts and received her MFA in Film Direction, where she made two short films: THE DANCE (Telluride Intl. Film Festival, Seattle Intl. Film Festival) and COOL SHOES (Huston Intl. Film Fest Award Winner). Her two feature films are: BALL IN THE HOUSE (a.k.a. RELATIVE EVIL), starring Jennifer Tilly, David Straithairn, Jonathan Tucker and Ethan Embry, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; and FINDING NORTH (Palm Springs Intl Film Festival, NY Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, LA Outfest, SF Gay and Lesbian Film Festival) starring Wendy Makkena and John Benjamin Hickey. Her films have been seen internationally in theatrical release and at film festivals. Her upcoming projects include one she is co-writing called THE NEW ME and PAPER CUTS with Paula Patton (MI4, PRECIOUS). Tanya lives in New York with her partner and four children. As far as we know, she has never been diagnosed with hysteria.


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