GUEST OF HONOR

Kimberly Peirce

Kimberly Peirce staked her place as a director of singular vision with her unflinching debut, BOYS DON'T CRY (1999), which earned numerous honors including the Best Actress Oscar® for Hilary Swank, the Golden Globe®, Independent Spirit, and other awards for Swank and Chloe Sevigny, and the National Board of Review, FIPRESCI, and Satyajit Ray Directing Awards for Peirce.

Peirce's next film, STOP-LOSS (2008), starring Abbie Cornish, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Phillipe and Channing Tatum, 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 received the Andrew Sarris Directing Award for the film.

For her latest film, Peirce directed a modern version of Stephen King's classic CARRIE (2013). Starring Judy Greer, Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz, CARRIE is an American Cinderella horror tale of desire, sexuality, bullying, super powers and revenge.

Peirce received her BA from the University of Chicago and her MFA from Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Sundance Institute's Writing and Directing Film Labs and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.