Date: Wed 11/03/2021
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PST (GMT -7)
Wednesday, November 3
5:00 PM PT, 7:00 PM CT, 8:00 PM ET
Women On The Net is honored to present an exciting evening with award-winning Director/Producer, Donna Deitch.
Join us on Zoom for this comprehensive one-on-one interview with director of DESERT HEARTS!
A brief Q&A with our audience will follow.
Donna Deitch is a Director/Producer with more than 30 years of directing in television. Her landmark lesbian love story ‘Desert Hearts’ (1986) was a hit at the Telluride, Toronto, Sundance, and Berlin film festivals. Now a classic, it has been in constant distribution since it was released by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. In 2017 ‘Desert Hearts’ became part of the Criterion Collection.
‘Desert Hearts’ made an impression on Oprah Winfrey, too, and she subsequently hired Deitch to direct her first TV movie, the Emmy-nominated ABC miniseries ‘The Women of Brewster Place.’ Many other TV directing credits followed, including five network pilots and numerous cable and network films such as ‘HBO’s Prison Stories: Women on the Inside;’ ABC’s sexual harassment-themed ‘Sexual Advances;’ and Showtime’s gay/lesbian-themed ‘Common Ground’ and Holocaust-themed ‘The Devil’s Arithmetic,’ for which Deitch received an Emmy for Direction.
She has directed many hours of episodic television drama including numerous episodes of NYPD Blue, ER, Heroes, Law and Order: SVU, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, Judging Amy, and Oprah’s ‘Greenleaf’ among many others.
Deitch began her career as a painter and still photographer, winning first place in a photo contest judged by renowned photographer Diane Arbus. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, she obtained her political education on the battlefields of People’s Park and Sproul Plaza. She received an M.F.A. for her thesis film, ‘Woman to Woman: A Documentary About Hookers, Housewives and Other Mothers,’ at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
Deitch occasionally goes back to her documentary roots, as she did with her 1998 film ‘Angel on My Shoulder,’ which intimately chronicles the death of her best friend, actress Gwen Welles (Nashville). Angel on My Shoulder toured the festival circuit and won the Chicago International Film Festival’s Gold Hugo award.
She is currently working on a Limited Series of Terri Jentz’ award-winning true-crime memoir ‘Strange Piece of Paradise’, in which a Yale student returns to the American West to investigate a famous unsolved crime: an attempted ax murder against her; ‘The Catcher, based on Peter Wyden’s book ‘Stella: One Woman’s True Tale of Evil Betrayal, and Survival in Hitler’s Germany,’ which chronicles the true story of a beautiful young Jewish woman, Stella, who delivered Jews to the Gestapo in order to save her own life; and a sequel to ‘Desert Hearts.’
Deitch is a co-founder of SPARC: The Social and Public Art Resource Center in Venice CA.; a UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Executive Board Member; and a Donor Direct Action Board member. She originated and is the trustee of the first two full-ride scholarships for a woman graduate directing student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Directors Guild of Canada and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
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