Cinema Herstory: Female Filmmakers You Should Know

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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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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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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Our Oscar Predictions for 2020

By Claire Graman Our Oscar Predictions Today, I’m sharing our Oscar predictions for 2020. This has been an unprecedented year in film history, to say the least, but the Oscars will still happen (albeit two months later than usual). The new guidelines working towards diversity won’t kick in until 2023, but there have still been …

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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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A Profile of Niki Caro

Whale Rider to Mulan – A Profile of Niki Caro New Zealand-born Niki Caro caught the world’s attention in 2002 with her first major film, Whale Rider. The film tells the story of a Maori girl who defies her grandfather in her quest to become the next leader of her village, a role traditionally reserved …

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Chloe Zhao – A Profile

Chloe Zhao – A Profile By Claire Graman I have a dark secret I never discuss in polite company: I don’t like superhero films. However, I’m looking forward to Marvel’s upcoming film Eternals, and it’s all because of its amazing director: Chloe Zhao. Chloe Zhao (Zhao Ting), born in Beijing, China in 1982, attended high …

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