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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, elementary school teacher

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Best known for her work alongside Sarah Pillsbury as the production team of Sanford/Pillsbury, Midge Sanford has proven a successful producer of independents, seeking out and developing films with both critical and popular appeal. A former elementary school teacher, she joined New American Cinema in 1978 as a story analyst. After moving up to story editor, and eventually associate producer, Sanford met up with Sarah Pillsbury and the two became partners in 1980, with an option on "Eight Men Out" (a film that would not be completed and released for eight years). In 1982 they formed their production company and over the years have emerged as one of the leading independent production teams, working on compelling character-driven projects. In 1995 they secured a first look deal with DreamWorks SKG that led to the 1999 releases "The Love Letter" and "The Joyriders".

Best known for her work alongside Sarah Pillsbury as the production team of Sanford/Pillsbury, Midge Sanford has proven a successful producer of independents, seeking out and developing films with both critical and popular appeal. A former elementary school teacher, she joined New American Cinema in 1978 as a story analyst. After moving up to story editor, and eventually associate producer, Sanford met up with Sarah Pillsbury and the two became partners in 1980, with an option on "Eight Men Out" (a film that would not be completed and released for eight years). In 1982 they formed their production company and over the years have emerged as one of the leading independent production teams, working on compelling character-driven projects. In 1995 they secured a first look deal with DreamWorks SKG that led to the 1999 releases "The Love Letter" and "The Joyriders".

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Taught elementary school for five years
1978:
Became story analyst with New American Cinema (later story editor, director of development, associate producer)
1982:
Formed Sanford/Pillsbury Productions
1985:
First film as producer, "Desperately Seeking Susan"
1987:
Produced the acclaimed feature "River's Edge"
1988:
"Eight Men Out", the first script optioned by Sanford and Pillsbury back in 1980 was released to critical acclaim and moderate box office success
1989:
Produced the sensitive infertility drama "Immediate Family"
1991:
Was executive producer for the acclaimed docudrama "Seeds of Tragedy", a Fox TV-movie tracing the path of a coca bean used to make cocaine
1993:
Was a producer of the remarkable HBO original film "And the Band Played On", a docudrama tracing the history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States
1995:
Produced the well-acted independent "How to Make An American Quilt"
1994:
Served, with Pillsbury, as an executive producer for "The Counterfeit Contessa", a Fox TV-movie comedy starring Tea Leoni as a Brooklyn girl mistaken for an Italian countess
1995:
Sanford/Pillsbury Productions signed two-year agreement with DreamWorks SKG
1998:
With Pillsbury, produced "The Tic Code", a drama starring Gregory Hines about a jazz musician with Tourette's Syndrome
1999:
Made her DreamWorks SKG debut, producing along with Pillsbury "The Joyriders", a drama about a depressed man kidnapped by joyriding teens
1999:
Produced the charming romantic comedy "The Love Letter" for DreamWorks SKG
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Education

Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville , New York -
California State University, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Sanford on the Sanford/Pillsbury approach to dealing with directors, as a producer: "We will let our views be known, especially if something vothers one or both of us, but we have never given a director an ultimatum; we have never said, 'If you don't change it, we'll get the studio to change it'. I mean, our feeling is, if we're going to choose a director for his or her talents, then we are going to try as hard as we can to stand behind that director and be a team, giving our input along the way, obviously. There are a lot of producers who do it differently." --quoted in AMERICAN FILM, October 1989

"I think things have changed since we started out as producers. There seem to be a lot more women producers working now. As far as the power of makiing decisions about what movies are greenlighted, I don't see any indication that it will get better. I mean, why would men want to give up control to women? And they haven't had to for the most part." --Sanford quoted in AMERICAN FILM, October 1989

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husband:
Geoffrey Sanford. Literary agent. Divorced.
husband:
Peter Broderick. Executive. President of Next Wave Films; married on December 31, 2000 in Santa Monica, California.

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daughter:
Kate Lockhart. Assistant film editor. Born c. 1964.
son:
Jonathan Sanford. Born c. 1969.

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