KIMBERLY PEIRCE (Director) staked her place as a writer and director of singular vision and craft with her unflinching debut feature, Boys Don't Cry, which became one of the most acclaimed and talked about films of the year, earning numerous honors including the Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe for the film's star, Hilary Swank. Chloe Sevigny was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and along with Swank won the Independent Spirit, National Board of Review, CFCA, BSFC, NSFC, Boston, Chicago and LA Critics Awards for acting.
The film received the Independent Spirit Award, the International Critics prizes for Best Film at the London and Stockholm film fests, the Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival, and was named "Best American Feature" by Janet Maslin. Peirce won honors as Best Debut Director from the National Board of Review and Best New Filmmaker from the Boston Society of Film Critics.
The next film Peirce directed and co-wrote, Stop-Loss, starred Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Abbie Cornish and Ryan Phillippe, and was a topical and emotionally penetrating drama inspired by real-life stories of American soldiers, including her own brother, fighting in Iraq and coming home. Peirce was honored with the Hamilton Behind the Camera True-Grit as well as the Andrew Sarris Directing Awards.
An advocate on a broad spectrum of social issues, Peirce received the People for the American Way, the GLAAD Media, the Lambda Legal Defense, and the Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project Awards for Boys Don't Cry. She was recently the featured speaker at Yale Transgender Awareness Week and the University of Iowa's Pride Week. In conjunction with Stop-Loss, Peirce spoke before the National Press Club and along with Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH), before members of Congress on behalf of Soldiers and the Stop-Loss Compensation Act, which subsequently passed.
Peirce can be seen featured on the DVD and BLU RAY re-releases of The Godfather trilogy, Chinatown and Raging Bull as well in the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated. She was featured along with Steven Soderbergh, the Duplass Brothers and James Mangold as part of the Directors Guild of America's 75th Anniversary tribute to "GAME CHANGERS IN INDEPENDENT FILM."
Peirce received her BA from the University of Chicago, her MFA from the Columbia University Graduate Film Program, and is a graduate of Sundance Institute's Writing and Directing Film Labs. She served on the 2011 Sundance Film Festival US Dramatic Jury. She is a member of the WGA, the Academy of Motion Pictures, and serves on the Directors Guild of America Independent Film Committee and the Academy Directors Branch Executive Committee.
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