Claire Graman

Female Filmmakers of Africa

As part of our ongoing effort to celebrate diversity and women filmmakers, today’s post looks at Africa and its impact on cinema. You can find a wealth of amazing female filmmakers of Africa (editors, actors, writers, etc.) spanning the continent, so to make today’s list manageable, I’ll just be looking at five directors, from different …

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Women Filmmakers of the Pacific Northwest

We tend to think of cinema as a globalized industry that’s, at least in the U.S., centered in Hollywood. But regional film-making thrives, particularly in independent cinema. Independent film also allows for more women to succeed as directors, writers, etc. Today, I’ll highlight some amazing women filmmakers who are from or work in my home …

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Art by Women for International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, I wanted to make a brief post about various art by women that inspire me. “Your Best American Girl” (2016) by Mitski This song is a jam, with rocking guitar crescendos and soulful vocals. But look deeper, and you’ll find a powerful story of reckoning with cross-cultural identity and …

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Black History Month: Five Women Filmmakers

Black History Month is a perfect time to expand your horizons and explore work by black filmmakers. So today, we’ll look at the contributions to cinema by incredible African-American women. However, these women are just the tip of the iceberg. Whether you want a fun blockbuster, feel-good romance, or artsy indie, you’ll find a film …

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Self-Care: Five Creative Activities for Teens

With a global pandemic and political strife, stress seems to be an unavoidable part of daily life, making self-care more important than ever before. This holds true even for young people, as anxiety and depression become increasingly common among teenagers. Fortunately, creativity (while not a cure-all) can help one’s mental and physical well-being. It can …

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Six Amazing Female Indian Directors You Should Know

By Claire Graman Today, we’re celebrating the work of six amazing female Indian directors. Indian cinema, often called Bollywood, although the country contains more “‘woods”, is incredibly prolific, profitable, and popular around the world… except in the U.S., where it we don’t often see it. And, like Hollywood, the Indian film industry also struggles with …

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Marion Davies played by Amanda Seyfried

Marion Davies, Conflicted Comedienne

Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies in Mank (2020). By Claire Graman Who is Marion Davies? What role does Marion Davies, conflicted comedienne, play in Mank (2020), David Fincher’s recent film on the making of Citizen Kane (1941)? The rise of streaming services and extended copyright laws have made old films less accessible. However, the legends …

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