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Female Filmmakers

Award-Winning Sex-Change Documentary Call Me Marianna Brightens Polish Film Festival in America

Greg Archer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Faith, trust and the courage to live as the person you know yourself to be all come into play in Karolina Bielawska's moving, award-winning documentary Call Me Marianna. The film has been turning heads at film festivals around the world.

#52FilmsByWomen: Expanding Opportunities for Female Filmmakers

S.J. Main, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2015 | Latino Voices
S.J. Main, Ph.D.

The new initiative titled #52FilmsByWomen sets out to prove that there are many excellent movies by female directors, and at least enough to watch one every week of the year.

Malini Goel's Documentary "Should Tomorrow Be" Reveals the Power of Love

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Gregory Weinkauf

"As long as there's life, there's hope, right?" asks Malini Goel, narrating her subtly powerful and transcendent documentary, "Should Tomorrow Be," and once you see it, you realize it's a rhetorical question.

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 06.11.2015 | Arts
Adriana Aristizábal

I have to recognize, I knew almost nothing about the tragedy that happened almost 30 years ago in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The nuclear power plant accident was catastrophic, and its effects on the population were beyond human comprehension.

This V. Wise Cat Understands How Hard It Is To Be An Artist Today

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts

"I mean, sure, sometimes it's hard to get a director to take you seriously when you have paws instead of hands."

Hollywood Doesn't Let Female Directors Make Mistakes

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women

The conversation about gender inequality within the film industry is more visible than ever, but meaningful shifts remain elusive. Writer Jessica Ogil...

Advancing the 'Weird Brown Girl Movement'

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

An African City is creator Nicole Amarteifio's web series chronicling the lives of five young Ghanaian women. In the comments on YouTube, someone asks, "Why are they acting like white girls?" Filmmaker, and one of the stars of An African City, Nana Mensah has never known how to answer that question.

Rape, Domestic Violence, and the Remarkable Courage of Two Fledgling Filmmakers

Pamela Glasner | Posted 12.27.2014 | Women
Pamela Glasner

"There were very few women on the street," Joanna said, "I had to film and photograph them whenever I could, and then rely on editing to get that balance."

Grrl's Guide to Filmmaking: Faith Soloway (Transparent)

Rolla Selbak | Posted 11.10.2014 | Entertainment
Rolla Selbak

In the premiere episode of a fresh new docuseries featuring women filmmakers, Faith Soloway invites me onto the Paramount lot to talk about what it's like writing on the breakthrough Amazon series.

College Students Provide Update to Their "50 States in 50 Days" Travel Adventure

Diane Propsner | Posted 08.21.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

In mid-May I introduced, Madeline Carl and Meredith Jacob, the traveling filmmakers from Stephens College. On schedule (more or less) and already ha...

Their Dream Becomes a Reality: 50 States in 50 Days

Diane Propsner | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Photo Credit: Meredith Jacob Meet Madeline Carl and Meredith Jacob, two college filmmakers who are traveling 50 states in 50 days by car. Although...

Making Your First Feature Film: Campo De Batalla

Amancay Tapia | Posted 03.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Amancay Tapia

Making your first feature film not only takes a lot of work, but endless energy and determination. The results may not be what you expected, but what ...

Meet The Grandmother Of The French New Wave

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.07.2013 | Arts

"I always work the same," Agnès Varda explained before an eager crowd at the opening of her LACMA exhibition "Agnès Varda in Californialand." "I thi...

How Women Can Save the World by Telling Epic Stories in the Movies

Govindini Murty | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

As female filmmakers, we've been told to accept small stories, low budgets, and modest expectations. But what if we have much larger visions? What if we want to make blockbuster movies with heroines who are full of valor, keen intelligence, and a desire to change the world?

What This Filmmaker Calls Her 'Most Precious Commodity'

The Huffington Post | Lori Fradkin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Women

What does it take to get to the top -- without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standout...

In Praise of Arranged Marriage: Interview With Filmmaker Rama Burshtein About Fill the Void

Erica Abeel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

"So many times in my life I went out hoping to find a spouse and came home empty handed. I wished someone would bring me options."

Program Aims To Give Underserved Women Filmmakers Same Opportunities As Men

www.takepart.com | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact

One of the Internet’s most exciting potentials is as a great equalizer, be that in politics, the arts or as a means to give women around the world a...

In Hollywood, Women Really Are Helping Other Women: And Why This Needs to Be a Headline!

Jess Weiner | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Jess Weiner

In order to ensure more women's voices receive recognition, and that more women have a chance to move up in rank while making media, the key to creating more equality needs to take place behind the scenes.

Women In Pakistan Are Not Like You Think They Are

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.30.2012 | Arts

A new documentary from author and filmmaker Sadia Shepard is set to open the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival tonight. Titled "The Other Half of ...

Woman Makes Showtime Documentary About Her Intersex Condition

BuzzFeed | Posted 06.19.2012 | Women

Hart was diagnosed with androgen insensitivity syndrome - in which the body is chromosomally male but doesn't respond to testosterone, so it develops ...

Where All my Ladies at in the Microbudget, Independent Filmmaking Revolution?

Vera Miao | Posted 06.03.2012 | Women
Vera Miao

Hollywood has taught me a lot of hard realities about who really gets to tell what stories.

I Sneak Into The Bathroom To Tweet ... And Other Things I Learned While Making A Film About Connection

Posted 12.17.2011 | Women

Tiffany Shlain has won numerous accolades for her documentary films, but until her new film "Connected," she had never made one where her own life -- ...