Don't Say a Word - About the Filmmakers - Gary Fleder


Last Update: 24 September 2001

GARY FLEDER (Director) made his feature film directing debut with "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead." Part crime drama, part black comedy, "Things to Do In Denver When You're Dead" had its international premiere at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. The film and its leads - Andy Garcia, Christopher Walken, and Treat Williams - garnered critical praise in Cannes and, subsequently, at the Toronto, Montreal, Aspen and Telluride Film Festivals.

Fleder's second feature, Paramount's box-office hit "Kiss the Girls," was based on James Patterson's best-selling book and starred Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd; Judd's star surged after this movie's success and led to her being cast in, among other films, Bruce Beresford's highly successful "Double Jeopardy."

Only weeks before starting pre-production on DON'T SAY A WORD, Fleder was busy putting the finishing touches on his third feature, "Impostor," which stars Gary Sinise, Vincent D'Onofrio, Madeleine Stowe, and Mekhi Phifer, in an adaptation of the science-fiction short-story by Philip K. Dick. "Impostor" was a technical departure for Fleder as it required the creation of society set in the year 2079. Fleder and long-time collaborator, production designer Nelson Coates, worked closely with Industrial Light & Magic to create such a world. "Impostor" is also due in theaters this Fall.

Fleder has also worked extensively in television. His episode of "Homicide: Life On the Street," entitled "Subway" (starring guest-star Vincent D'Onofrio), is regarded as one of the series' finest; it went on to win a Peabody Award for excellence and was the focus of a subsequent PBS documentary on its making, "Anatomy of a Homicide." That same year, Fleder directed an episode of the Emmy® Award-winning HBO series "From the Earth To the Moon" for producer Tom Hanks. His first directing job, an episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt" garnered him a Cable Ace Award in 1993.

Also in 1993, Fleder's documentary on light-heavyweight boxer Phil Paolina, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. As a member of the Directors Guild Special Projects Committee, Fleder is currently producing and directing a documentary called "Trust Me On This," a look at the technical challenges faced by actors working in film.



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