BARBARA LODEN, inspired by John Cassavetes and other independent filmmakers of the time, wrote, produced and directed her feature film Wanda (1970).
As the wife of famed director Elia Kazan Loden was able to get Wanda made but the financiers expected to use the film as a write off assuming it would be a financial failure and were less than pleased by its critical acclaim and modest earnings which did not allow them to take that loss. Loden died of cancer at a young age and was never able to direct another feature.
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Where to watch her films:
AMAZON (DVDs/BluRays for PURCHASE)
Read more about her:
Driven by Fierce Visions of Independence
Senses of Cinema
Book about Barbara Loden
Daily Herald Obituary
FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):
1975The Boy Who Liked Deer (Short)
1975The Frontier Experience (Short)