Cholodenko grew up in a Jewish family (immigrants from Ukraine), in the San Fernando Valley. She got her start in the film industry in New York in the early 1990s. She landed positions as assistant editor on Boyz n the Hood and Used People. She then enrolled at Columbia University School of the Arts, earning an MFA in screenwriting and directing, where James Schamus was one of her professors at Columbia, who would later become the CEO of Focus Features.
After writing and directing several acclaimed short films including Dinner Party, Cholodenko made her feature film debut with High Art. High Art won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the National Society of Film Critics award for Ally Sheedy's performance. Both High Art and her next film, Laurel Canyon, premiered at Cannes Director's Fortnight.
After completing Laurel Canyon, Cholodenko decided to move to LA permanently. While in the process of trying to conceive a child via anonymous sperm donor, she met with screenwriter Stuart Blumberg, who was a sperm donor in college. Together, they decided to write a screenplay, which would eventually become The Kids Are All Right. However, the project took five years to get to production. Filmed in 23 days, Cholodenko directed the film on a 3 million dollar budget, a much smaller amount than her fellow 2011 Oscar nominees. The Kids Are All Right garnered an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nomination, a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay nomination, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay nomination. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film was also named best screenplay by the New York Film Critics Circle and won the Independent Spirit Award for best screenplay.
Lisa Cholodenko, Wendy Melvoin and their son Calder
Lisa Cholodenko is an American film and television writer/director. She is best known for her highly acclaimed 2010 comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right which was nominated for a number of awards including four Academy Awards, Best Picture among them. Cholodenko is from a "liberal Jewish" family. Her grandparents emigrated from Ukraine. She is in a relationship with musician Wendy Melvoin, met in 2002. Cholodenko gave birth to their son, Calder, by way of an anonymous sperm donor.
Lisa Cholodenko & Wendy Melvoin
In 2010, she was awarded the Women in Film Dorothy Arzner Directors Award.
Cholodenko has also worked in television, with her adaptation of the novel Cavedweller for Showtime earning Independent Spirit Award nominations for Kyra Sedgwick and Aidan Quinn. She also directed episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, Six Feet Under, The L Word and "Hung."
Cholodenko has written all of three of her films, and there are some thematic similarities as a result. Each of them are psychological character studies, revolving around a small cast of characters, and as the films progress the audience observes how the characters interact amongst each other. Her films address the fluidity of human sexuality and desire, and Cholodenko's work has helped give the LGBTQ community visibility in mainstream culture.
Wendy Melvoin (born January 26, 1964) is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Prince as part of his backing band The Revolution, and for her collaboration with Lisa Coleman as one half of the duo Wendy & Lisa. In April 2009, Melvoin gave an interview with Out magazine declaring that she was a lesbian and had a past relationship with Lisa Coleman. Currently, her partner is writer/film director Lisa Cholodenko. (P: Wendy Melvoin and former partner Lisa Coleman)
Shortly after the completion of Prince and The Revolution's Parade project, Coleman and Melvoin left The Revolution, and started their own musical duo, Wendy & Lisa (also known as Girl Bros).
Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman composed music for the first season of TV series Heroes. In September 2008, they announced that they would be releasing an album consisting entirely of the score from Heroes, entitled Heroes: Original Score. The duo are currently working on the American TV series Touch.
Melvoin also contributed guitars to Madonna's 2008 album Hard Candy on the song "She's Not Me" and is mentioned by name during the song. She contributed heavily to Neil Finn's second solo album One Nil, co-writing many tracks and playing drums and bass on several. She is credited for guitar work on most of the tracks on Rob Thomas' first solo album, ...Something to Be.
Melvoin is listed in the credits of Glen Campbell's 2011 final studio album "Ghost on the Canvas".
Wendy Melvoin is the daughter of late jazz pianist (and former NARAS president) Mike Melvoin who in the 1960s was part of the Los Angeles session musician collective The Wrecking Crew. Her brother, Jonathan Melvoin, was the Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardist, and her twin sister is singer and composer Susannah Melvoin.
In 2007, the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards gave Melvoin and Coleman the "Top Television Series" award for their work on Heroes.
Melvoin and Coleman were awarded with an Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title in 2010 for their theme to Nurse Jackie.
The Kids are All Right: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script) by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Newmarket Press (February 22, 2011)
Amazon: The Kids are All Right: The Shooting Script
The most talked-about movie at the 2010 SundanceFilm Festival, and the winner of the Teddy Award forBest Feature Film at the 2010 Berlin International FilmFestival, The Kids Are All Right was directed by LisaCholodenko (High Art, Laurel Canyon) from an originalscreenplay that she wrote with Stuart Blumberg(Keeping the Faith). The movie combines comedic surprisewith poignant emotional truth in a funny, vibrant,and richly drawn portrait of a modern family.
Nic and Jules (three-time Academy Award® nomineeAnnette Bening and four-time Academy Award®nominee Julianne Moore) are married and share acozy suburban Southern California home with theirteenage children, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska andJosh Hutcherson). Nic and Jules—or, when referredto jointly by Joni,"Moms"—gave birth to and raisedtheir children, and built a family life for the four ofthem.As Joni prepares to leave for college, 15-year-oldLaser presses her for a big favor. He wants Joni, now18, to help him find their biological father; the twoteenagers were conceived by donor insemination.
Against her better judgment, Joni honors herbrother's request and manages to make contact with"bio-dad" Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an easygoing restaurateur.The kids find themselves drawn to the confirmedbachelor's footloose style—especially in contrastto Nic, a principled doctor who has long establishedtheir house rules. Jules, who has been lookingto start a new career in landscaping, also strikes up arapport with Paul.As Paul comes into the lives of theforthright four, an unexpected new chapter begins forthem as family ties are defined, re-defined, and thenre-re-defined.
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