Bite-sized blog-post: Joan Micklin Silver

Joan Micklin Silver


A producer once told her, “Feature films are expensive to make and expensive to market and women directors are one more problem we don’t need.” In response  her husband insisted that they raise the funds and give her the chance to make a movie.

Silver went on to direct Hester Street (1975) and along with her husband and a few others successfully self distributed – before the age of the internet.

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Where to watch her films:




Read more about her:


Find her on Facebook
“Women Directors are One More Problem We Don’t Need”: Joan Micklin Silver on Chilly Scenes of Winter
Turner Classic Movies
Film Directors Site
Jewish Women’s Archive

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2003Hunger Point (TV Movie)
 2002Charms for the Easy Life (TV Movie)
 1999Invisible Child (TV Movie)

 1995Sisters (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1992A Private Matter (TV Movie)
 1991Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (TV Movie) (segment “2”)
 1985Finnegan Begin Again (TV Movie)
 1976Bernice Bobs Her Hair (TV Movie)
 1973The Fur Coat Club (Short)

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