Cinema Herstory: Female Filmmakers You Should Know

Women Directors of South Korean Cinema

Women Directors of South Korean Cinema: Fierce and Fearless By Claire Graman Parasite’s historical win for Best Picture at last year’s Academy Awards helped Korean film break through “the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles.” Male directors Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer, Okja) and Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden) are especially well-known, but what about South Korea’s female …

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Animation’s Forgotten Pioneer, Lotte Reiniger

Animation’s Forgotten Pioneer, Lotte Reiniger By Claire Graman Here’s a bit of trivia for you: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) wasn’t the first animated feature-length film. Animation’s forgotten pioneer, Lotte Reiniger, almost single-handedly made the most notable early animated film. In 1926, Reiniger created The Adventures of Prince Achmed. She based the film on 1,001 …

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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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Filmmaker Julie Dash

Julie Dash – A Profile

Julie Dash – A Profile By Claire Graman I recently read an excellent article on the lack of black directors represented in the Criterion Collection. I was saddened, but not surprised. What did surprise me was that even among a paltry number of black directors, Julie Dash wasn’t represented. If any director deserves to be …

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