Director Spotlight

Movie Makers from the Margins: Lorene Scafaria

Written by Erin Fenner. In a 2012 interview with Vulture, Lorene Scafaria said she is not afraid of “quirky.” And why should she be? Indie-wood’s model to movie making seems to be dependent upon quirk. Whimsical women characters bring in the big money in the industry. Michael Cera and Kat Dennings in Nick and Norah’s […]

Movie Makers from the Margins: Celine Sciamma

Written by Erin Fenner French filmmaker, Celine Sciamma, brings you uncomfortably close to the lives of adolescents. She does this intentionally, but not in a voyeuristic way that so often comes along with any Hollywood film. Instead, her proximity to her characters creates a level of intense intimacy. Even when her characters are dealing with […]

Movie Makers from the Margins: Sarah Polley

Written by Erin Fenner I stumbled onto Sarah Polley during a typical Sunday TV slam – in which my roommate(s) and I watch  a set of television shows and/or movies while gently tearing them apart for end o’ weekend laughs. With only Netflix to stream on this particular weekend we ended up on a movie […]

Guest Writer Wednesday: "Girls Make Movies Too": Riding on Kim Swift’s Call to Arms

This is a guest post from the New York Film Academy Faculty. A few weeks ago, the incredibly talented Kim Swift wrote an outspoken blog post which resonated with people who are keen to see a positive shift in the industry.  Now rightfully recognized as a creative powerhouse in the industry, Swift notes that it […]

Director Spotlight: Anne Gyrithe Bonne

One of our favorite things to do here at Bitch Flicks is to spotlight and support female directors. It’s an established fact that the amount of female directors in Hollywood is substantially less than that of their male counterparts: roughly 5% of big-grossing films are directed by women. However, while the numbers are small in […]

Quote of the Day: Screenwriter/Director Callie Khouri Weighs In On How TV Is Friendlier to Women

Callie Khouri In a recent interview with Salon, Academy Award-winner Callie Khouri weighed in on how TV seems to be more friendly to shows about women. Khouri (who wrote Thelma and Louise for that Oscar) is the writer and producer for ABC’s new musical drama Nashville. Salon asked her about television telling women’s stories and Khouri […]

Weekly Feminist Film Question: Who Is Your Favorite Female Film Director?

Hey film lovers! Here’s this week’s feminist film question. Who is your favorite female film director?  Here’s what you said (along with some of their films): Chantal Akerman — Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles; A Couch in New York; The Captive; Tomorrow We Move Gillian Armstrong — Little Women, My Brilliant Career, […]

Ava DuVernay Wins Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival

Ava DuVernay, director of Middle of Nowhere From Essence Magazine: Congratulations are in order for filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who over the weekend became the first African American woman to take home the U.S. directing award at the Sundance Film Festival. DuVernay received the award for her second feature film, “Middle of Nowhere,” which tells the […]

Question of the Day: Favorite Female Filmmaker?

One of my favorite kinds of posts to write–although we haven’t posted very many of them yet, and very few people ever comment on them–is the Director Spotlight. (If you haven’t already, check out spotlights on Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Tanya Hamilton, Nicole Holofcener, Deepa Mehta and Agnes Varda.) While the […]

Director Spotlight: Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta Indian-born and Canadian-based writer and director Deepa Mehta has gained international acclaim and numerous awards and nominations for her films. She is probably most famous for her Elements Trilogy, which includes the films Water, Earth, and Fire. Her latest project is an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, which she is directing and […]

Director Spotlight: Nicole Holofcener

When Megan Kearns reviewed the documentary !Women Art Revolution, she began her post with a challenge to readers: Name three artists. A simple request, and one she suspected would yield an answer consisting of three male artists.  If challenged to name three directors, would responses be similar–three male directors? If you’re familiar with this site […]

Director Spotlight: Tanya Hamilton

Filmmaker Tanya Hamilton In past Director Spotlight features, we’ve highlighted women with extensive filmographies and those who have been nominated for or who have won an Academy Award for directing. Today’s Spotlight, however, looks at a woman who has made only one feature film: Tanya Hamilton. Last December, Arielle Loren wrote about her experience watching […]