Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Female Filmmaker Project

Last year I titled a few of the posts on my blog "Female Filmmaker Project", and in doing so I tried to spotlight the movies I was currently watching that were directed by women. This year I'm going to make that an official goal and project of this blog. I have more time to write and watch movies now that I've gotten my move to another country out of the way, and I want to devote some of this time I have to cinema, and more specifically cinema made by women. The goal is very simple: 52 films, 1 a week until the end of the year. This number may end up being more than 52, but I plan on writing about these films on this blog. This will push me to both watch more films directed by women (which is always a good thing) and to write more often. I am kind of stealing this idea from old films flicker. You can follow her on twitter under the same name I listed in the previous sentence. You should because she's awesome, and doing a project of her own next year where she only watches films directed by women for the entire year! Which is kind of incredible, and you should follow along as she chronicles that project. Over on Curtsies and Hand Grenades you'll be getting a kind of version of that once a week, and I hope you enjoy. These are the films I have lined up for the year. I'm very excited. If you have suggestions of movies to watch drop me a line down in the comments. Hugs and Love

The List!
  1. I Could Never Be Your Woman (Amy Heckerling, 2007)
  2. Strange Days (Katherine Bigelow, 1995)
  3. A Simple Life (Ann Hui, 2011)
  4. A Question of Silence (Marleen Gorris, 1982)
  5. Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay, 1999)
  6. Starstruck (Gillian Armstrong, 1982)
  7. Smithereens (Susan Seidelman, 1982)
  8. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1982)
  9. Day Night, Day Night (Julia Loktev, 2006)
  10. No Fear No Die (Claire Denis, 1990)
  11. Almayer's Folly (Chantal Akerman, 2011)
  12. The Day I Became a Woman (Marzieh Makhmalbaf, 2000)
  13. Strangers in Good Company (Cynthia Scott, 1990)
  14. Sheer Madness (Margarete Von Trotta, 1982)
  15. Mariane and Julia (Margarete Von Trotta, 1981)
  16. Romance (Catherine Breillat, 1999)
  17. Waitress (Adrienne Shelly, 2007)
  18. Kristina Talking Pictures (Yvonne Rainer, 1976)
  19. La Cienaga (Lucrecia Martel, 2001)
  20. The Holy Girl (Lucrecia Martel, 2004)
  21. Female Misbehaviour (Monika Truet, 1992)
  22. I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (Patricia Rozema, 1987)
  23. Dyketactics (Barbara Hammer, 1974) (possibly all of Barbara Hammer's shorts this week)
  24. The Eighties (Chantal Akerman, 1983)
  25. Boxing Helena (Jennifer Chambers Lynch, 1993)
  26. Jupiter Ascending (Lana & Andy Wachowski, 2015)
  27. Step Up All In (Trish Sie, 2014)
  28. Girlhood (Celine Sciamma, 2014)
  29. Butter on the Latch (Josephine Decker, 2013)
  30. Desert Hearts (Donna Deitch, 1985)
  31. Bad Girls Go To Hell (Doris Wishman, 1965)
  32. Mabel's Busy Day (Mabel Normand, 1914)
  33. First Comes Courage (Dorothy Arzner, 1943)
  34. Walking and Talking (Nicole Holofcener, 1996)
  35. Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Pierce, 1999)
  36. Sleepless in Seattle (Nora Ephron, 1993)
  37. The Gold Diggers (Sally Potter, 1983)
  38. Selma (Ava DuVernay, 2014)
  39. Beyond the Lights (Gina Pryce Bythewood, 2014)
  40. 52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde, 2013)
  41. In My Skin (Marina De Van, 2002)
  42. The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, 2003)
  43. Class Relations (Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, 1984)
  44. The Night Porter (Liliana Cavani, 1974)
  45. The Chronicles of Anna Magdelana Bach (Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub, 1968)
  46. Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair, 1988)
  47. High Art (Lisa Cholodenko, 1998)
  48. Wadjda (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012)
  49. The Gleaners & I (Agnes Varda, 2000)
  50. Bend it Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, 2002)
  51. Lourdes (Jessica Hausner, 2009)
  52. July Rhapsody (Ann Hui, 2002)

    All of these will be first time viewings with the exception of Boys Don't Cry


  1. What a great list! Such a great idea, too. Night Porter was just reissued by Criterion with a new interview with the director so good timing there. Starstruck is such a delight being a musical and all so I hope you like it. Mariane and Julia is such an underrated movie. I keep dreaming that Criterion or someone gives it a good release finally. Have you read House of Psychotic Women? There's a great section in it regarding In My Skin. By the way, Camille Paglia appears in Female Misbehaviour if that's a problem at all. Treut's earlier Virgin Machine should be Paglia free tho.

    1. I have read House of Psychotic Women, and it's one of the more important books I've read on film. Paglia appearing isn't an issue. I'm not a fan of her's, but it won't detract me from watching that film, and if anything her politics give me another thing to write about when I view that movie

    2. Oh good! Lots of luck as you prepare for it. Your project sounds so very exciting.

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