Trending on Netflix: Female Filmmakers

When I was working on my most recent update of 2018’s women-directed films, I noticed a small trend: Netflix acquired a lot of the best women-directed movies and documentaries from film festivals, and they’ve also financed a number of women-directed movies. Netflix has such varied offerings that it’s a little difficult to come up with definitive stats, but just eyeballing it, they seem to have an unusually high percentage of female-directed and/or written movies on offer, including well-established directors like Nicole Holofcenter and Tamara Jenkins. Finally, Netflix has already been getting a lot of press for their recent efforts to bring back the rom-com, but I’m not sure anyone has noted that almost half of these movies are directed or written by women: Set It Up, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Nappily Ever After, and Us and Them.

Here’s a complete list of upcoming films. I’m especially excited about the ‘coming soon’ section, which contains a couple of film festival acquisitions, including The Kindergarten Teacher, a remake of an Israeli film, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Proustian-sounding documentary, Shirkers, about a writer who recovers film from a movie she shot in 1992.

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Update: 2018 Movies Directed or Written by Women

Hi, I’m back from summer break! I thought now would be a good time to revisit my master list of 2018 movies directed and/or written by women. I’ve been updating it all year, but I’m reposting now because a lot of the women-directed films that premiered during winter and spring film festivals have been slated for release this fall. I’ve also added a new section at the bottom, “2019 Preview” which includes some of the women-directed films premiering early next year. I’ll post a more expansive 2019 Preview at the end of the year, and I’ll still continue to update this 2018 list over the next few months.

As with the previous post, I’m sure this list is missing some titles. If you know of any I’ve missed, please leave a comment or email me. I’ve focused mostly on narrative films, but I threw in a few documentaries that were of personal interest to me.

(Last updated 11/03/18)

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Female Filmmakers at BAM Cinemafest

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Lots of women filmmakers at the BAM Cinemafest, upcoming from June 20 – July 1. I’m going to try to make a couple of screenings. I’m especially intrigued by Wild Nights With Emily (pictured above) which is a comedy about Emily Dickinson’s secret life. Tickets are on sale now!

CLARA’S GHOST
Writer & Director: Bridey Elliott

LEAVE NO TRACE
Writer & Director Debra Granik

MADELINE’S MADELINE
Writer & Director Josephine Decker

SHIRKERS
Writer & Director Sandi Tan

TWO PLAINS & A FANCY
Dirs. Whitney Horn and Lev Kalman

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
Writer & Director Madeline Olnek

Female Filmmakers at the Brooklyn Film Festival

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There are several women-directed films narrative feature films at this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival. Here’s a list, with links to showtimes.

ARE YOU GLAD I’M HERE  (film still above)
Director: Noor Fay Gharzeddine

BIRDS WITHOUT FEATHERS
Director: Wendy McColm

CAN HITLER HAPPEN HERE?
Director: Saskia Rifkin

ICE CREAM
Director: Saba Riazi

LIFE IS FARE
Director: Sephora Woldu

10 Netflix Original Movies That Are Directed by Women

Here’s a simple list gleaned from a huge one at New York Magazine that ranks all the Netflix Original films. From that compilation, I picked out ten films directed by women. I made this list for myself, so that I would have a go-to group of Netflix movies instead of getting overwhelmed by the selection on the screen. Most of them I haven’t yet seen, though the two that I have—Mudbound and On Body and Soul—were so good that I’m very excited to dig in. Continue reading “10 Netflix Original Movies That Are Directed by Women”

Female Directors at the Tribeca Film Festival

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The Tribeca Film Festival is coming to New York next month, and tickets are on sale now. I perused the listings and was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of female-directed films.  Film Daily reported that the total percentage is 46% and that this is the highest in the festival’s history.

Below is a list of the narrative features, directed by women, that will be included in the festival, and which I’ve added to my earlier post of 2018 films directed by women. (There were also a lot of documentaries directed by women, but I didn’t include them here or in previous lists.) Continue reading “Female Directors at the Tribeca Film Festival”

2018 Films Directed or Written by Women

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Here’s another list: this one of 2018 movies written and/or directed by women. I gathered these titles from a variety of sources, including Indiewire, Refinery 29, womenandhollywood.com, Bazaar, Sundance.org, and Film School Rejects. As with my 2017 list, this one is by no means complete and for at least a dozen movies, I could not find release dates/months. They are listed as TBD for now, but I’ll update* this list throughout the year as more information is available and/or corrections need to be made. I’ve also created a version of this list on letterboxd.

*last updated 8/15/18
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