SJ Chiro is an American screenwriter and film director.[1][2] She made her feature film directing debut with Lane 1974 in 2017 and later directed East of the Mountains in 2021.

SJ Chiro
BornSeattle, Washington
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter

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SJ Chiro was born and raised in Seattle, Washington[3] She graduated in theater and French literature from the Bennington College.[4]

Chiro started her career with short films Little Red Riding Hood (2006), Third Days Child (2008), A Water Tale (2009), The Epiphany (2011), and Howard from Ohio (2011).[4]

Chiro adapted "The Hypocrisy of Disco: A Memoir" by Clane Hayward as Lane 1974, her award-winning and debut feature film. The film was produced by Chiro, and Jennessa West, and its cast include Sophia Mitri Schloss, Katherine Moennig, Sara Coates, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Linas Phillips. It premiered at the 2017 SXSW, received positive reviews and was distributed worldwide by The Orchard.[5][6] Chiro used her own childhood experiences and spent nine years in making the 1970s-Northern California-set film.[3][7]

Chiro directed East of the Mountains, starring Tom Skerritt, Mira Sorvino and Annie Gonzales.[8] The film was released in 2021[9] and was nominated for 2 Satellite Awards, the film for Motion Picture, Drama and Tom Skerritt for Actor, Motion Picture Drama.[10]

Filmography edit

Year Title Director Writer Producer Actress Notes
2006 Little Red Riding Hood Yes Yes Yes No Short film
2008 Third Days Child Yes Yes Yes No Short film
2009 A Water Tale Yes Yes Yes No Short film
2011 The Epiphany Yes Yes No No Short film
2011 Howard from Ohio Yes Yes Yes No Short film
2013 Lucky Them No No No Yes
2013 Nothing Against Life No No No Yes
2017 Lane 1974 Yes Yes Yes No Debut feature film, executive producer
2021 East of the Mountains Yes No No No

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References edit

  1. ^ Moore, Roe (April 24, 2017). "INTERVIEW: S.J. Chiro on Her SXSW Film Lane 1974". Script. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  2. ^ Malone, Stefanie (April 30, 2018). "SJ Chiro". Women in Film Seattle. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b Raban, Julia (May 31, 2017). "SJ Chiro Captures Another Side of Hippiedom in Lane 1974". The Stranger. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Lane 1974". Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (July 26, 2017). "SXSW Drama 'Lane 1974' Acquired by the Orchard (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  6. ^ Halligan, Fionnuala (March 12, 2017). "'Lane 1974': SXSW Review". Screen International. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  7. ^ Giansanti, Raelyn (September 13, 2017). "'Lane 1974' Trailer: SJ Chiro's Festival Favorite Captures Life Growing Up Inside A Commune — Exclusive". IndieWire. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  8. ^ Chiro, S. J. (2021-09-24), East of the Mountains (Action, Drama), Tom Skerritt, Mira Sorvino, Annie Gonzalez, Phantom Rock Films, retrieved 2023-08-31
  9. ^ Kennedy, Lisa (September 23, 2021). "'East of the Mountains' Review: Heart Doctor Is a Lonely Hunter". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  10. ^ "2021 Winners | International Press Academy". Retrieved 2023-08-31.
  11. ^ "Yale alums, students honored at Yale in Hollywood Fest 2021 | Yale Alumni Association". Retrieved 2023-08-31.

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