Claire Graman

Women in Animation: Five Films

As with other forms of media, sexism plagued animation, but women still made amazing contributions since the very beginning. Today, we’ll look at some incredible (and history-making) animated films made by women. To learn more about women in animation—from 2D to 3D, international to American, historic to modern, artsy to mainstream—check out our upcoming class …

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Female Filmmakers for Pride Month

Welcome as we celebrate female filmmakers for pride month! As with other “identity months,” Pride Month is not a month-long event, but a moment to emphasize a decades-long struggle for equality and justice. Still, I always like to take this time to look hard at my viewing choices and see if I’m taking in diverse …

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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Films

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The past year has been a historic one in the fight for racial justice, but that history is long and complex. The horrifying attacks in Atlanta, in particular, bring to light the intersection of racism and misogyny. But we can combat this hate by educating ourselves and celebrating the …

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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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