Kimberly Peirce staked her place as a writer and director of singular vision and craft with her unflinching debut feature, Boys Don’t Cry, which earned numerous honors including Oscar nominations for Hilary Swank and co-star Chloë Sevigny, and an Oscar win for Swank. Peirce subsequently co-wrote and directed Stop-Loss, an emotionally penetrating drama inspired by her brother’s military service in Iraq. In 2013 she directed a masterful remake of Carrie that won the People’s Choice Award. In television, Kimberly has directed acclaimed episodes of American Crime, Turn, Halt and Catch Fire, Manhattan, Six, I Love Dick, Dear White People, P-Valley, and Kidding. She is Executive Producer and Director of Impact at A&E.
She is next directing two films in a trilogy – Untitled butch femme romantic, sex comedy – a classic love story that is heartbreakingly funny, boldly sexual and achingly real and Untitled Father story. A tireless activist for human and civil rights, Kimberly a proud Governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures and head of the Diversity Committee, an Executive Board member of the DGA, and a founding member of ReFrame, an industry-wide effort to end discrimination against women and people of color. She is a member of Time’s Up and the WGA.
In 2020, Boys Don’t Cry was inducted into the Library of Congress and named “a National Treasure.” Peirce screened the movie and lectured throughout the country and the world.