Kimberly Peirce ‘96 to Helm Film for Amazon Studios

BY Ijaaz Noohu , December 22, 2017

Alumna Kimberly Peirce ‘96 is set to direct the film adaption of The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service, the true story of a secret feminist group who provided abortions before it was legalized written by Laura Kaplan.


This is Jane tells the story of Chicago activist Heather Booth who founded underground abortion service “The Jane Collective,” where women taught themselves how to perform abortions to help women in need. The group provided health education, counseling and safe but illegal abortions to women denied the procedure by their doctors. The group helped over 11,000 women from 1968-1973 until abortion was legalized via Roe V. Wade. Kaplan, a member of “The Jane Collective,” put together the histories of the anonymous women, identifying them only by pseudonyms for the sake of privacy.


Peirce made her film debut with the much-lauded Boys Don’t Cry, which was co-written by alumnus and film faculty Andy Bienen '96. The film which starred Hilary Swank, Chloe Sevigny, and Peter Sarsgaard was nominated for numerous awards; it won for Best Actress at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for Hilary Swank and Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for Chloe Sevigny.

Peirce’s celebrated work since graduating has spanned platforms and genres, including television shows such as I Love Dick and Halt and Catch Fire, and the film Stop-Loss.