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Lisa Cholodenko

Born in Los Angeles to a liberal Jewish family, Lisa Cholodenko was  inspired to pursue film after serving as assistant editor on John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood. She graduated with an M.F.A. in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University, and was mentored by the renowned film director Milos Forman. After several acclaimed shorts, Cholodenko’s first feature film came with High Art (1998), starring Ally Sheedy. It debuted at Sundance to critical acclaim. Cholodenko finally broke into the mainstream with the The Kids Are All Right (2010), the story of a lesbian couple whose children discover the identity of their sperm donor and attempt to integrate him into their lives. The film received four Oscar nominations, including for best picture. Like her other films, Kids is driven by sexual attraction and steamy sex that is never gratuitous but rather essential to the dramatic force of the story line. Cholodenko continues to work and live in Los Angeles with her partner Wendy Melvoin and their son Calder.