Ve Neill: An Enduring Inspiration for Creative Women

Christine is drawn to the mask covering the face of the strange man playing the organ in front of her. What is behind it? She must know. She reaches and pulls it away…….

One of the most famous scenes in film history is the reveal of Lon Chaney’s face in “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) It single-handedly created film make up as an art form and recognized Chaney as its master. Since then, a handful of others have shown the inventiveness of Chaney, but they have been mostly men. That is until Ve Neill arrived in Hollywood and proceeded to make her own creations by her own rules. Here is an overview of her amazing career. Continue reading Ve Neill: An Enduring Inspiration for Creative Women

Appreciating Sofia Coppola & The Lasting Effect of The Virgin Suicides

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. Continue reading Appreciating Sofia Coppola & The Lasting Effect of The Virgin Suicides

Fostering Talent: Shining A Spotlight On Jodie Foster

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. Continue reading Fostering Talent: Shining A Spotlight On Jodie Foster

In Their Own League Hall of Fame: Dorothy Arzner

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. Continue reading In Their Own League Hall of Fame: Dorothy Arzner

Anna May Wong: The First Asian American Icon

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 1970s by Lee, nor in the 1960s by Kwan, but … Continue reading Anna May Wong: The First Asian American Icon

Retrospective: The Many Faces of Tilda Swinton

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 lost art even though it was always augmented by makeup … Continue reading Retrospective: The Many Faces of Tilda Swinton

Spotlight: Cinematographer Rachel Morrison, A.S.C.

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 . Continue reading Spotlight: Cinematographer Rachel Morrison, A.S.C.

Spotlight: Jennifer Kent

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, and of sound mind in order to be worthy of … Continue reading Spotlight: Jennifer Kent