Girls on Film: Insights from history’s greatest female filmmakers

by Peter D. Marshall

by Monika Bartyzel.

It’s sadly illustrative of the continuing struggles of female filmmakers that it took extensive feats of search engine trickery to even find places where female filmmakers have had conversations about their craft. Their insights are often drowned out by an industry dominated by male voices, with gender issues dominating conversations with the few female directors deemed relevant by mainstream media.

One begins to understand why Kathryn Bigelow is so against the “female filmmaker” label when sites like Filmmaker IQ — a site dedicated to the craft of filmmaking — offers a “101 Great Filmmaker Quotes” list that includes only one female director, Bigelow herself, talking about how she ignores the “resistance to women making movies.”

As Girls on Film has previously discussed, talking about “female filmmakers” is a necessity if we strive to both recognize the talent already out there and encourage new female talent to grow. But talk of balance and feminism cannot override conversations about craft. Directors like Bigelow and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) are not notable because they’re women, but because they are filmmakers whose perspectives can expand mainstream discourse. With that in mind, consider the following a starting point: A collection of insights into filmmaking, from filmmakers who should be part of everyday cinema discourse.

Read the rest of this article from The Week.

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