Kimberly Peirce staked her place as a director of singular vision and craft with her unflinching debut feature, BOYS DON'T CRY, a powerful, fact-based drama about the life and tragic death of Brandon Teena, a Nebraska transgender who was brutally raped and murdered.
The year of its release, BOYS DON’T CRY became one of the most acclaimed films, earning honors, including Best Actress Oscar for star, Hilary Swank, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, NY, LA Critics, and National Board of Review Awards. Chloë Sevigny was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Peirce won the National Board of Review and Boston Society of Film Critics Best Debut Director awards. The film received the FPRISCI London & Stockholm and Satyajit Ray Awards and was named “Best American Feature” by Janet Maslin.
In 2008, Peirce co-wrote, directed and produced STOP-LOSS (Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish). Peirce won the Hamilton Behind the Camera True-Grit and Andrew Sarris Directing Awards.
In 2014 Peirce adapted and directed Stephen King’s CARRIE, (Julianne Moore, Chloë Moretz, Ansel Elgort). The film was nominated for a Saturn Best Horror Film, won for Best Young Actor and received the 2014 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Horror Movie.
Recently, Peirce directed episodes of acclaimed TV shows, including John Ridley’s AMERICAN CRIME (Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Tim Hutton), HALT AND CATCH FIRE (Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis), MANHATTAN (John Benjamin Hickey, Rachel Bresnahan), Bill Broyle’s SIX (Walton Goggins) and Jill Soloway’s I LOVE DICK (Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn), which premiered at Sundance January 2017. Peirce is an Executive Producer of A&E’s IMPACT.
A tireless civil rights activist, Peirce gave keynotes for Yale Transgender Awareness Week, AFI women directors and spoke at the 2017 Women's March in Park City. She received the GLAAD Media, Lambda Legal Defense, People for the American Way, Lesbian AVP and the 2013 OUTFEST Career Achievement Awards. Peirce serves on the Executive and Negotiating Committees of the DGA and AMPAS and is a founding member of REFRAME, an industrywide effort to end discrimination against women.
Peirce received a University of Chicago BA, a Columbia University MFA and is a graduate of the Sundance Institute's Writing, Directing and Producing Film Labs.