Tag Archives: female directors

REVIEW: In A World…

***This week’s guest post is from Frank Cavillo, our go-to guy for all things film appreciation.***

As an intern at Austin Film Society, there were very few events I was looking forward to more than our advance screening of “In A World…”. Not only did the film star Lake Bell in her feature writing and directing debut, but it also promised to be an interesting look into a side of the film industry so often overlooked by the public.
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Where Are The Brown Women Filmmakers?


Lena Waithe
First thing’s first. If you have not seen the trailer for DEAR WHITE PEOPLE — watch THIS please. Clearly a student of the #stayworking generation of media makers, Lena Waithe’s latest project TWENTIES hit the web on Monday. My guess is that her team’s “pilot presentation” strategy is to bring as many eyes to the 4-part episode now available on Youtube before the show makes its way to a TV near you. Plus Queen Latifah is part of the producing team. I am all in!
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Where Are The Brown Women Filmmakers?

A weekly spotlight on inspiring female directors of color and their latest projects.  

photo_1323880449608-1-0Susan Youssef

Susan Youssef is another festival award-winning filmmaker that I follow on Twitter. Her tale of forbidden love in Gaza, “Habibi” is touring this month as part of Human Rights Film Festival, screening in Israel (April 13), London (April 19) and across Switzerland. You can purchase the film on DVD as well. Her next feature, “Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf” has received support from the Doha Institute. The story follows an Arab-American girl who must come to terms with her sexuality (originally a short that played at Sundance).
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APPLY: Women In Film Wants Your Rough Cuts (4/29 deadline)


Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund

Deadlines: April 15 (Early) and April 29 (Final)
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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Deepa Mehta

“I don’t see myself as carrying a placard with a message in my films. What motivates me are the stories. But those stories are usually issue-oriented. It has to be something I’m passionate about, because making a film is too much time and energy.”
– Deepa Mehta, Director (MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN)


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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Kathryn Bigelow

“I’m drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there.”
– Kathryn Bigelow, Director (HURT LOCKER, ZERO DARK THIRTY)

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Andrea Arnold

“My films don’t give you an easy ride. I can see that. The sense I get is that people have quite a physical experience with them. They feel afterwards that they’ve really been through something.”

– Andrea Arnold, Director (FISH TANK, WUTHERING HEIGHTS)

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The Chosen Ones: Thoughts about the lack of Female Directors at Cannes

It’s no secret we live in a digital age. One of the benefits is that if one group feels they have been done an injustice, you better believe the entire world (okay, internet) will hear about it immediately. While I am not fortunate enough to attend the Cannes Film Festival, I have been keeping an eye on the blogosphere rumblings. There were many complaints over the lack of female directors in festival competition for the Palme d’Or for Best Picture (the number went from 4 in 2011 to ZERO this year). Fun fact: Only one woman has won this top prize. Jane Campion was a tied winner with THE PIANO in 1993. This is of course a familiar observation. Yet another platform to showcase exemplary filmmaking looks a lot like an old fashioned boys club. It’s the Oscar’s Best Director debate all over again. History always repeats itself, I guess.

I’m always torn in taking a side in this long-standing debate, especially a female filmmaker. I truly see the whole picture as a “nature vs. nurture”  scenario when it comes to balancing the playing field for female filmmakers.

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