Donna Deitch segued from documentary filmmaker to Producing and Directing ‘Desert Hearts’, the landmark lesbian love story and hit of the 1986 Sundance, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. Shortly after seeing the film, Oprah Winfrey hired Donna to direct the Emmy nominated 4 hour mini series ‘The Women of Brewster Place’. This was the beginning of an unanticipated 25 years and counting directing in television — ranging from network pilots to HBO’s ‘Prison Stories, Women on the Inside’; ABC’s sexual harassment themed ‘Sexual Advances’, Showtime’s gay/lesbian themed ‘Common Ground’ then holocaust themed ‘Devil’s Arithmetic’ for Producer Dustin Hoffman for which she won an Emmy. She has directed many hours of television drama including numerous episodes of NYPD Blue, ER, Heroes, Law and Order: SVU, Private Practice, Gray’s Anatomy, Judging Amy and many others. She’s currently working on a sequel to ‘Desert Hearts’; plus a film from her partner Terri Jentz’ true crime memoir Strange Piece of Paradise and the WW11 epic film: ‘The Catcher’ the true story of the most infamous catcher in Berlin during the war.
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