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All Quotes by author - Lisa Cholodenko
" Along my path, I've realized that this comedy/drama balance is something that's really interesting to me, and I feel, like, authentic to my voice. "
" At the base of it, my gut instinct tells me that there's a kind of fundamental misogyny in the culture. There just is. You know, there's just a weird anxiety around women. "
" Boundaries get blurry and identities can get lost easily. It's easy to take your partner for granted. "
" Everyone on the planet has a dark and a light. That's a multi-dimensional character. "
" Great actors help. Every project is different. Sometimes it's completely open, and I've been able to cast who I've wanted. And then sometimes people want a certain kind of actor. "
" I don't feel like my films are about gender; they are about identity - but a different slant on identity. "
" I don't know if my films are about women in a kind of frolicking - here's a grab bag of women's issues. They are about women of substance with very particular stories. "
" I feel like if you feel good about a script, and you feel confident about your ability to direct and just capture it right, it's all just, really, really in your favor there. "
" I feel like I've been observed as an individual more than a gay person, or as a filmmaker with a certain point of view rather than a lesbian filmmaker with a gay point of view. "
" If you write something that's personal, there's going to be elements of yourself in it. "
" I get asked why there aren't more female directors all the time. I'm kind of reluctant to talk about it. That's not because I think the question is irrelevant or stupid. It's just that there are so many mitigating factors. "
" I got exposed to art-house cinema and foreign films. I was from L.A., so it was a film culture that I didn't know about. "
" I had a great love affair in high school and let myself have that love affair and tried to keep it to myself. "
" I had a nutty career. I was living in New York. Then I got to an age where my friends and sister were having children, and I started to think I needed to orient myself towards a world where it could happen. "
" I had pretty cool parents. Still do. "
" I have a deal with HBO to develop television, and I am also developing a movie called 'The Abstinence Teacher,' which is based on a book by Tom Perrotta. "
" I have enjoyed writing my own stuff, and it's been a privilege to be able to scrap some money together to be able to make films from my own scripts. "
" I just think self-satisfied people ignore certain signs about other people. "
" I'm in my mid-40s now, and I came out in 11th grade, so I must have been 17. So that's quite a long time ago, and the temperature and the culture was different. "
" In June 2002, I had just finished 'Laurel Canyon' and decided to move back to Los Angeles after nearly a decade in New York. Post-9/11 New York felt different. "
" In May 2006, I had our son, Calder. I spent the next couple of years learning how to be a mom. "
" I tend not to be so attracted to films that force me into an intellectual place over an emotional one. "
" I think for any artist, your voice is always evolving. For me, the constant is finding a tension or balance between drama and comedy. "
" I think I'm interested in these kinds of character dramas, psychological dramas, domestic dramas, whatever you want to call them - comedy dramas. "
" I think invariably when you are dealing with relationships, the films really center on that, and the plot is really born out of that. That's the most core part of a relationship: intimacy, I think, whether it's expressed or not. "
" I think when you're writing films that just come fresh out of your own imagination - I think probably anyone who's done that, there are certain themes or styles. "
" I've done episodic television and some other things that have been written by other people. "
" I was a student at SF State, and I honestly didn't know where I was headed. I thought maybe something in the social sciences. But I happened to be living with a group of people, and one person was a film student. I was always keen on and aware of what she was doing. "
" I was going through some stressful stuff, and I lost feeling in my face and in my tongue. So I went to a doctor. He said he didn't think I had MS or a brain tumor. He said, 'I think you're just stressed out.' "
" I was very influenced by the films of the '70s. "
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