In her unflinching debut feature film, the acclaimed Boys Don’t Cry, Kimberly Peirce staked her place as a director of singular vision and craft, while shining a light on the shifting landscape of gender, identity and assimilation. A powerful, fact-based drama about the life and tragic death of Brandon Teena—a Nebraska transgender who was brutally raped and murdered after his double life was exposed—Boys Don’t Cry plunged into a world few people know and emerged with a tale of universal resonance, and illuminating vision of our shared humanity.
Peirce heard about Brandon Teena’s story while attending Columbia University as a graduate film student. Inspired by Brandon’s life and death, Peirce switched her thesis project to this compelling story. She traveled to Falls City, Nebraska, where the events occurred, did extensive research and attended the trial of the two men accused of Brandon’s murder. In 1995 Peirce made a short film on the subject, which the Columbia faculty nominated for the Princess Grace Award. It also received an Astrea Production Grant, which helped fund the cost of developing it into a feature film.
Upon its release, Boys Don’t Cry became one of the most acclaimed and talked-about films of the year, earning many honors, including the Oscar for Best Actress for the film’s star Hilary Swank as well as the Golden, Globe, the Independent Spirit, the NY and LA Critics, and the National Board of Review Awards. Chloe Sevigny was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and she won the Independent Spirit, CFCA, BSFC, NSFC, Boston, Chicago and LA Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
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