Year: 2020

Edith Head

Clothes Make the (Wo)man: Three Incredible Costume Designers and Their Mark on Film

By Claire Graman Whenever I teach a film class, I make sure to question students’ ideas of what a filmmaker is. We’re all familiar with auteur theory – the idea that the director controls what the film looks like. And there’s an element of truth to that. Directors oversee everything, and they have the final …

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Takuzo Sakane, Japanese woman filmmaker

Japanese Filmmaker Tazuko Sakane

  A Profile of Japanese Filmmaker Tazuko Sakane By Claire Graman I love Japanese film, from Akira Kurosawa’s samurai dramas to Satoshi Kon’s mind-bending anime. One of the earliest Japanese films, A Page of Madness (1926), a silent film with no intertitles, blew my mind when I saw it in college. Even cult classics like …

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Maya Deren

A Lesson from Maya Deren

By Claire Graman The quarantine has affected filmmaking. For aspiring filmmakers, as well as established ones, times are bleak. With stalled productions and delayed releases, cinema seems the most fragile it’s ever been. Particularly when you’re stuck at home, the idea of making a film is daunting. Yet constraints can often spark creativity. One of …

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Feminist media

Teaching Feminist Media: A Perspective

Teaching Feminist Media: A Perspective By Claire Graman, Girls’ Voices Matter instructor Bertie the Brain, Video Games and Ada Lovelace: Teaching Feminist Media I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began teaching a class about feminist media and video games. The gaming industry has been notoriously hostile to women and girls at all levels, …

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