HEIDI VAN LIER has worked as a producer for television series, including Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Those jobs have likely supported her indie film career. She has written a how to book on indie filmmaking.
Her first feature film Chi Girl (1999) was a mockumentary she produced and starred in.
ALICE T DAYS received her Masters in Sociology from Columbia University and then went on to get her PhD at the Australian National University before making her first documentary.
Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War (2008) brings to the screen evidence of the environmental impact of war.
LILIBET FOSTER was nominated for an Academy Award as a producer for her documentary Speaking in Strings (1999).
Foster went on to direct several documentaries including most recently Be Here Now (2015).
LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON is most well known for her work as a visual and performance artist but she has also directed several narrative fiction films starring Tilda Swinton – and a feature length documentary about women working in the visual arts, !Women Art Revolution (2010).
Her first feature film Conceiving Ada (1997) premiered at Sundance where she also screened subsequent films, including her hybrid film Strange Culture (2007) which was also exhibited on the Sundance Channel.
ONDI TIMONER studied Theater at Yale University and has gone on to direct numerous documentaries.
She distributes those documentaries through traditional channels but has also been at the forefront of utilizing the internet and new platforms of distribution through A Total Disruption, advocating new ways of telling stories.
DEENA ADAR met the partner of her company Quiet Duke Productions Kai Collins while studying with the comedy group The Groundlings.
They recently produced Thirtyish (2013), a tv pilot together which Adar directed.
SUSANNE BIER is a Danish director nonetheless she has made her mark in the United States, winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2011 for her film In a Better World (2010) – the year after Bigelow won the Oscar for Hurt Locker (2009).
In June of this year it was announced that Bier was on the shortlist to potentially direct the next Bond film.
JENNIFER LEE is one of the directors of Frozen (2013) which was one of only two films in 2013 in the top 100 box office films directed by a woman and garnered her the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
She wrote the screenplay adaptation for A Wrinkle in Time (2017) for Disney which will be directed by Ava Duvernay.
UTA BRIESEWITZ originally hails from Germany but has been working as a director and cinematographer in Hollywood since the 1990s.
She has received numerous awards as a cinematographer and has used those skills to direct visually compelling television including for the Netflix series Jessica Jones.
MERYL GOLDSMITH directed The Syndrome (2014), an investigative documentary about the use of shaken baby syndrome in child abuse cases.
Goldsmith studied Film as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan.