Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lisa Cholodhttp: She's alright

Lisa Cholodenko is a present day film director/writer, whose most recent film "The kids are alright", starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo, is nominated for four Oscars. Cholodenko studdied at Columbia University Film School, where she recieved her MFA. while there she created her first award winning short film "Dinner Party". Cholodenko then went on to create "High Art" and "Laurel Canyon"; "High Art" one the National Society of Film Critics award for Ally Sheedy's performance and The Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at Sundance. Both these films premiered at Cannes Director's Fortnight.

In "The kids Are Alright" Cholodenko shares the story of two children who are conceived by artificial insemination, who go looking for their birth father and then bring him into their family life.
Cholodenko and her longtime girlfriend Wendy have a son by a sperm donor, the situation a springboard for the movie, which is dedicated 'to Wendy and Calder', Calder, the son of the two women in real life.

In this particular movie Cholodenko's role as Auteur is extremely apparent, she looks at this movie as a extension of her life. Having said that, being in the film industry is no piece of cake, and to have a woman who is also a lesbian, making great movies is radical, if we want to change the way that women should be represented in and out of film. “Changing how we see images [and changing how we make images] is clearly one way to change the world” (Hooks, 6). linked are interviews with the cast about Cholodenko herself, and about the movie.

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1 comment:

  1. I saw this film and thought it was a good beginning in terms of normalizing representations of families with gay parents. Sadly it was disappointing that it still managed to follow the 'it's not a mainstream film unless the straight guy gets laid' formula & by one of the wives, so lame!