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Lisa Cholodenko


Born: 5 June 1964
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Best known as:

The director of Laurel Canyon and The Kids Are All Right


Lisa Cholodenko is a filmmaker whose 2010 drama, The Kids Are All Right, won her an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. A 1987 graduate of San Francisco State University, Cholodenko fell into the film business in 1990, as an intern through a summer program at Stanford University. She apprenticed on John Singleton's Boyz in the Hood (1991), then went on to a graduate degree in film from Columbia University School of the Arts in 1997. She's since been a director of TV shows and a filmmaker whose first two features, High Art (1998) and Laurel Canyon (2003), got high marks for being well-crafted relationship dramas. The Kids Are All Right had art house credibility and an A-list cast of Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo and young stars Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson, and Cholodenko's Oscar nomination (shared with Stuart Blumberg) put her in the big leagues.

Extra credit:


The Kids Are All Right was inspired by Lisa Cholodenko's own experience of having a child with her partner Wendy Melvoin (of the musical duo Wendy & Lisa).

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More on Lisa Cholodenko from Infoplease:

  • Lisa Cholodenko - Biography of Lisa Cholodenko, The director of Laurel Canyon and The Kids Are All Right
  • High Art - Starring Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Sage, Tammy Grimes
  • The Kids Are All Right - Starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson
  • 2010 New York Film Critics Circle Awards - 2010 New York Film Critics Circle Awards The winners of the 76th New York Film Critics Circle ...
  • Laurel Canyon - Starring Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale, Nick Kiriazis, Alessandro Nivola

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