Boys Don't Cry 20th Anniversary Screening

Kimberly Peirce in conversation with Lauren Berlant, C. Riley Snorton, and Kris Trujillo
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Director Kimberly Peirce (AB’90) returns to her alma mater to present a twentieth-anniversary screening of her breakthrough film, Boys Don’t Cry. The tragic story of Brandon Teena, a transgender man navigating life and love in rural Nebraska, the film is credited as being among the first sympathetic depictions of transgender people. The critical and box-office surprise launched the careers of Chloë Sevigny and Hilary Swank, and netted Swank her first Oscar. Peirce joins her mentor Lauren Berlant, the George M. Pullman Professor of English Language and Literature, along with C. Riley Snorton, Professor of English Literature, and Kris Trujillo, Assistant Professor of Comparitive Literature, for a conversation about the film, its legacy, and her career since her breakout hit. 

(Kimberly Peirce, USA, 1999, 118 min., 35mm)

Kimberly Peirce is the award-winning director of several films and television series. After her breakout hit Boys Don’t Cry (1999), she directed Stop-Loss (2008), Carrie (2013), and episodes of American Crime, Halt and Catch Fire, I Love Dick, Dear White People, and more. In addition to her film work, she is a tireless activist for human and civil rights, including co-founding Reframe, an industry-wide effort to end discrimination in the film industry, and chairing the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ diversity committee. She has received the GLAAD Media, Lambda Legal Defense, and OUTFEST Career Achievement Awards, among many others. She is currently working on Jane, the story of Chicago’s underground abortion providers, and Untitled, a butch femme romantic sex comedy.

Co-sponsored by the Logan Center for the Arts, Lauren Berlant, and the Roven Fund.