Women Filmmakers of the Pacific Northwest


Our presentation, “Women Filmmakers of the Pacific Northwest,” will introduce you to the work of some amazing female filmmakers. These women make their films in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The work of these groundbreaking filmmakers has not reached as wide an audience as it should have. As a result of watching this presentation, students will discover and appreciate the work of filmmakers who deserve more exposure.

Girls’ Voices Matter created this presentation in honor of Women’s History Month, 2020. We’ve presented it to schools and organizations around Lane County. We’re happy to share it with you!

Dr. Claire Graman researched and narrates this presentation.

Highlights of the presentation:

We will focus on the work of these filmmakers:

Katherine Wilson (Stand By Me, Animal House, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy)

Bobbi Jo Hart(Rebels on Pointe, She Got Game)

Helen Haig-Brown (Edge of the Knife)

Deborah Cook (Coraline, Missing Link)


These are just a few of the many talented women who make films in this area. We hope you’ll seek out their work and the work of other women filmmakers of the Pacific Northwest and other areas.


Our deepest thanks to the Oregon Cultural Trust for funding this program.

What Will I Learn?

  • An appreciation for the work of women filmmakers
  • How women filmmakers have contributed to popular animated films
  • A new take on the classic Western, seen through the eyes of a woman director
  • A perspective on a Native language’s impact on a film
  • That classical arts benefit from a gender twist

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Target Audience

  • Anyone who's interested in good films
  • Film historians
  • Feminist scholars