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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

L And M: Twofer Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Today is the second of my twofer days since I lost power and internet last week. I'm slowly, but surely making my way through to those who have commented on my posts. You guys are the best and I love you all for sticking. You've made my month.

And now onto the show...

L Is For Mimi Leder

Mimi is the first female accepted into the American Film Institute and consequently, its first woman graduate. She is a four time Emmy winner, whose television directing credits include the landmark Vietnam series China Beach, ER, The West Wing, and the current hits Smash and Nashville. Leder is one of a handful of women who have directed big budget action films. In 1997 she directed The Peacemaker, produced by Steven Spielberg and went on to direct Deep Impact.

Her silver screen credit also includes the popular Kevin Spacey film Pay It Forward. In the near future she will be tackling the First World War in a big screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front.

M Is For Maryse Alberti

Maryse is that rare bird, a female cinematographer. She has over 70 titles to her credit including Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler and Martin Scorsese's Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home. She also shot When We Were Kings, about the 1974 Muhammad Ali , George Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" fight. For her work on Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine, she was the first woman to be featured on the cover of American Cinematographer.

She has been nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, winning twice for The Wrestler and Velvet Goldmine. Her work has also garnered her two Sundance Awards and a Prime Time Emmy nomination. Her upcoming projects include We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks and The Boys Club, a film about Julie Krone, the only woman to ever win a Triple Crown race.


  1. True - usually the cinematographer is a man, Good for Maryse!

  2. Wow! Another bogglingly great duo! Mimi Leder got started thanks to her producer/director father Paul Leder, who was also a landlord of several apartment buildings in Los Angeles. He lived off money he made in other business dealings and put all the apartment rents aside. When that money built up enough he would finance a movie with it! He would pit together credible casts - a lot of the actors lived in his apartments - but the movies weren't great. Probably his most notorious movie ,was A*P*E - a terrible cash-in on the 1976 King Kong. It featured a threadbare ape suit and visuals so bad they legally had to be called ordinary effects - but for some reason it was also in 3-D (!) Wild then to see his daughter go on to a much more successful and viable film career! And while I'm not familiar with her, huzzah Maryse!

  3. I love The West Wing, and Pay It Forward makes me cry every time I see it.

    I've, sadly, never heard of Maryse Alberti, but I'll be sure to keep a watch out for her in the future.

  4. Maryse rocks! Truly an exceptional eye for capturing life. The Wrestler and We Were Kings are visually fantastic--like living with the people you're watching.

  5. A female cinematographer would sen like a natural fit since women usually have a more artistic eye. Another gem Melissa.

  6. More powerful women I never knew about! Thanks Melissa.

  7. I never thought of how often only men are mentioned in the film industtry.

  8. I loved Deep Impact, it showed much more respect for the real world possibilities of an impact than Armageddon did.

    And the Wrestler was just a great movie, period. It was shot beautifully.

  9. Amazing! I love how they both have broken ground with their talents :D
    Hope you are doing well!


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