Tonight's Movie: ON THE BASIS OF SEX, directed by Mimi Leder.
Mimi cut her creative teeth in television as an Emmy award-winning producer/director before she got the chance to take on big-budget feature films in the late '90s. Leder was inspired by her father, independent director Paul Leder, to study at the American Film Institute. She went on to be the first female cinematographer to graduate from the AFI and began her career in TV as a script supervisor. Leder moved to the director's chair with an episode of L.A. Law in 1986, branching out into TV movies with the student nurse drama Nightingales in 1988. Balancing TV features and series, Leder worked on the Emmy-friendly drama series China Beach during the early '90s and directed several telefilms. Leder's ability as an action director convinced Steven Spielberg to hire her to helm THE PEACEMAKER (1997), featuring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. Spielberg then tapped Leder for an even larger project, DEEP IMPACT (1998). Leder proved she could handle large-scale, effects-driven action, even receiving the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Award from the AFI in 1999. Leder went on to direct countless episodes of TV and most recently directed ON THE BASIS OF SEX, staring Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Watch the ON THE BASIS OF SEX trailer here!