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Birth Place: Norfolk, Virginia, USA Profession: screenwriter, director

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Gary Fleder made a smooth transition first from student films to television and then to features. His student short "Terminal Round", a 8-minute look into boxing, appeared at the Mill Valley (California) Film Festival in 1988 and his USC thesis project "Air Time" (1991) opened eyes to his talent at the 1992 Sundance Festival. A 48-minute thriller written by pal Scott Rosenberg, "Air Time" related the story of an ex-con threatening a late-night radio-talk-show psychologist. He returned to the world of boxing when he helmed "Animal Instinct" (1992), a 30-minute documentary detailing three years in the life of Brooklyn boxer Philip Paolina. Fleder cut his commercial teeth directing two episodes of HBO's popular "Tales From the Crypt" series ("Seance" 1992; "Forever Ambergris" 1993), both written by Rosenberg.

Gary Fleder made a smooth transition first from student films to television and then to features. His student short "Terminal Round", a 8-minute look into boxing, appeared at the Mill Valley (California) Film Festival in 1988 and his USC thesis project "Air Time" (1991) opened eyes to his talent at the 1992 Sundance Festival. A 48-minute thriller written by pal Scott Rosenberg, "Air Time" related the story of an ex-con threatening a late-night radio-talk-show psychologist. He returned to the world of boxing when he helmed "Animal Instinct" (1992), a 30-minute documentary detailing three years in the life of Brooklyn boxer Philip Paolina. Fleder cut his commercial teeth directing two episodes of HBO's popular "Tales From the Crypt" series ("Seance" 1992; "Forever Ambergris" 1993), both written by Rosenberg.

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  Homefront (2013)
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  Runaway Jury (2003) Director
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  Impostor (2002) Director
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  Don't Say A Word (2001) Director
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  Kiss the Girls (1997) Director
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  Companion, The (1994) Director
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  Animal Instinct (1992) Director
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  Air Time (1991) Director

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1988:
Directorial debut, "Terminal Round", 8-minute short shown at Mill Valley (CA) Film Festival
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Worked as commercial director in both Chicago and Minneapolis
1992:
Short film "Air Time" debuted at Sundance Festival; first collaboration with writer Scott Rosenberg
1992:
TV directing debut, the "Seance" episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"; written by Scott Rosenberg
1992:
Returned to boxing (subject of "Terminal Round"), directing "Animal Instinct", a 30-minute documentary about Brooklyn boxer Philip Paolina (shown at 1993 Sundance Festival)
1994:
TV-movie directing debut, USA Network's "The Companion"
1995:
Directed feature "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead"; scripted by Rosenberg
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Founded Mojo Films to develop projects for him to produce and direct; in 1997 signed two-year, first-look development deal with New Line
1997:
Breakthrough feature, "Kiss the Girls", a dark and moody thriller that reflected the visual influence of 70s films like "The Exorcist" and "Klute"
1997:
Directed the impressive "The Subway" episode of the NBC drama series "Homicide: Life on the Street"
1998:
Helmed pilot for the CBS drama series "L.A. Doctors"
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Attached as director of a biopic of Janis Joplin with Brittany Murphy set to play the singer; project abandoned
2001:
Directed the thriller "Don't Say a Word", with Brittany Murphy in a co-starring role
2002:
Produced (with star Gary Sinise) and directed the sci-fi film "Impostor"; originally made as a 40-minute short in 1998 to be included in an anthology film called "Light Years", the footage so impressed the executives at Dimension Films that Fleder was given the go-ahead to make a feature-length version
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Helmed "The Runaway Jury" (lensed 2002), based on John Grisham's best-seller
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Education

College of Communications, Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts - 1985
School of Cinema and Television, University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1991

Notes

About making "Kiss the Girls": "'Seven' was an incredible film, but every frame of it semed to express the inevitability of doom and decay. I wanted to make a film that was dark and moody, but which felt inherently hopeful, as if there was a chance of redemption for humanity." --Gary Fleder to American Cinematographer, September 1997.

Asked if he would work again in anamorphic, which leaves less room for flexibility in terms of both focus and lighting: "Anamorphic is certainly a challenge in terms of focus, especially when you're using longer lenses moving to and from objects, off-axis and on-axis. The jury is still out for me. I love the way 'Kiss the Girls' looks, and I think it's a better film because of the format. But I never quite felt safe with anamorphic." --Fleder in American Cinematography, September 1997.

"Anyone who thinks it [a movie] doesn't start with words is insane. We wouldn't be sitting here talking if there was no Scott Rosenberg [writer of 'Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead'] writing the screenplay. It's impossible to make a great film from a mediocre screenplay--but a great screenplay doesn't automatically make a great film." --Gary Fleder to Empire, June 1996.

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