By Bianca Garner There’s a high chance that you haven’t heard of Nell Shipman. Like many pioneering female filmmakers of the silent cinema era, her name has become lost in time. So many of us who study film are aware of the ‘great’ film directors of this era: Cecil B. DeMille, Josef von Sternberg, Charlie... Continue Reading →
Despite having the name Coppola, which some would consider to be a shoo-in within the film business, Sofia Coppola has made an imprint all on her own. As a prolific female writer and filmmaker, she’s brought intellectually stimulating, beautiful stories to life.
It would be difficult, if not impossible, to begin a conversation about women in film honestly without the inclusion of Jodie Foster. As an enigmatic, albeit somewhat controversial, figure in the world of film, Foster has had an undeniable impact on the status of women in Hollywood. She counts herself among the few major names who have been successful both in front of, and behind, the camera.
There are many great female directors who have broken barriers in the industry and paved the way for future generations. One of those women (who is often forgotten outside of academia) was Dorothy Arzner. She is the most prolific female director to date, was the first woman to direct a film with sound, and was the first female member of the Directors Guild of America.
Now if I asked most people, which actor was the trailblazer for Asian people on the worldwide stage (and I guess I mean Hollywood), I would wager most would come up with Bruce Lee. A few might even offer up Nancy Kwan. What if I told you that the breakthrough was not made in the... Continue Reading →
By Joan Amenn There are few experiences more enjoyable when seeing a film then only slowly recognizing the actor on screen is someone you are a fan of but who has used their skills to transform themselves totally into the character they are playing. In our age of CGI, this skill can seem like a... Continue Reading →
In 2017, Rachel Morrison became the first woman in history to be nominated for an Oscar in Best Cinematography. It goes without to say that this is a major milestone for female filmmakers, especially since this is an area of filmmaking that is heavily dominated by her male counterparts. It only took nearly nine decades for us to achieve this breakthrough .
Iranian-born French filmmaker Marjane Satrapi’s body of work in film could so far be counted on one hand, and one would still have a digit to spare. However, since her directing debut in 2007, Marjane Satrapi has built quite the reputation.
By Tom Moore The horror genre hasn’t exactly been the kindest to women. Sure, it’s generally a woman who ends up evading and, eventually, taking out whatever killer or entity is stalking them, but it comes at a cost. In order to be the “final girl” women often have to be pristine in sexuality, mannerisms,... Continue Reading →