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Susan Seidelman began her filmmaking career in 1982 as the director and co-writer of the independently produced SMITHEREENS which became the first American Independent Film accepted into the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival. In 1985, Susan directed DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, starring Madonna and Rosanna Arquette which was nominated for a French Oscar for Best Foreign Film and is included in the BBC’s list of Top 100 films of all time. Susan went on to direct several other feature films including MAKING MR. RIGHT, COOKIE, SHE DEVIL (for which she recevied a Golden Globe nomination ) and GAUDI AFTERNOON. In 2011 Susan directed MUSICAL CHAIRS, a movie about a wheelchair ballroom dance competition that premiered at Lincoln Center’s “Dance on Camera” festival and was recently nominated for an “Astaire Award” for best narrative dance film. Her latest film “THE HOT FLASHES” (2012) stars Brooke Shields and Daryl Hannah and is scheduled for release in the summer of 2013. Susan has also directed television series and films for ABC, CBS, HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and PBS. Among the highlights of her TV career was directing the pilot and early episodes of SEX AND THE CITY.
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