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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2017 Films Directed or Written by Women

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This list started with my personal film diary. When I started thinking about writing this blog, it was mid-December, and I had watched 28 new films over the course of the year. Only five of those were directed by women! When I added in movies written by women, that brought my total up to nine, which is still low. So, I started collecting titles of movies released in 2017 that were either directed or written by women.

A few of the titles listed below are still in the theaters, and many of them are streaming online and available to rent. And, just to be super-wonky, my definition of 2017 is “films released in the U.S. in 2017.” There are some films that premiered at film festivals in 2017 that are not in this list because they will not be in wide release until 2018.

I’ve organized them into three categories: Auteur Films by Women, Films Directed by Women, and Films Written by Women. Women also wrote some of the films in the first and second categories and I’ve noted those writing credits, but I did not repeat those films in the third category. I’ve also put together a combined list of these films on letterboxd.  These lists are by no means complete, especially the writing category, which was a little more difficult to research. Please alert me to any glaring omissions! I’ll update this it as needed, and I’ll also be plucking titles from it for reviews. Continue reading “2017 Films Directed or Written by Women”