Cholodenko's feature-film debut, High Art (1998), picked up a screenwriting award at Sundance and established her style as a director deeply rooted in character study. Her thoughtful follow-up, Laurel Canyon (2003), continued the pattern, but Cholodenko's work was largely relegated to the indie world, aside from one-off directing gigs on TV shows such as "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Six Feet Under."
In 2009, Cholodenko expanded her reach with The Kids Are All Right, which racked up Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture (Comedy) and Best Screenplay, along with acting nods for leading ladies Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.
Joni and Laser, the children of same-sex parents Nic and Jules, become curious about their sperm-donor dad and set out to make him part of their family unit. But his arrival complicates the household dynamics.