Bite-sized blog post: Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis

CHERIEN DABIS is a Palestinian-American filmmaker who graduated from Columbia with an MFA before making her first Amreeka (2009).

She began her life in politics and has said that she felt she could “reach more people through fiction than politics.”

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Where to watch her films:

AMAZON

NETFLIX

VIMEO

Read more about her:

ONLINE

Find her on Twitter
Find her on Facebook
Her Website
Filmmaker Cherien Dabis on her Arab-American ‘identity crisis’
Institute for Middle Eastern Understanding
Wikipedia

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

Empire (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2013Not Another Word (Short)
 2009Amreeka
 2006Make a Wish (Short)
 2005The D Word (multiple episodes)

Bite-sized blog post: Bette Gordon

At home with independent film pioneer Bette Gordon Friday, April 2, 2010 on Reade Street in New York. (N.Y.Post/Chad Rachman)

When BETTE GORDON attended film school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison MFA film program she was one of two woman and one of her professors joked when they were working with a Bolex camera “do you girls even know how to use that thing?” She became an expert and has gone on to teach film classes at Columbia as well as continuing to direct award winning features including Luminous Motion (2000) based on the novel by Scott Bradfield and  Handsome Harry (2009).

Her most recent feature starring Josh Charles and Julia Stiles, Border Crossers is in post-production.

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Where to watch her films:

FANDOR

AMAZON (PRIME-STREAMING)

AMAZON (DVDs for PURCHASE)

VIMEO

Read more about her:

ONLINE
Border Crossers Film page
Artists in Conversation
Interview
Columbia Film School Website
New York Times
Film Directors Site
Porn and Being Poor, Then & Now: Bette Gordon Interview, Tribeca 2009

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2003Life on the Line (TV Movie)
 1998Luminous Motion
 1994Love Street (TV Series) (1 episode)
See Me (1994)
 1989-1991Monsters (TV Series) (4 episodes)
Desirable Alien (1991)
Habitat (1990)
Jar (1989)
 1986Seven Women, Seven Sins (segment “Greed – Pay to Play”)
 1983Variety
 1974I-94 (Short)
 1974Michigan Avenue (Short)

Bite-sized blog post: Lisa Cholodenko

Lisa Cholodenko

LISA CHOLODENKO began her work in film as an Assistant Editor (post-production assistant) on Boy’z in the Hood (1991) and then went on to get her MFA from Columbia.

Her first full-length film High Art (1998) featured Ally Sheedy who was part of a group of actors from the 1980s known as the “Brat Pack.” Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right (2010)  about a lesbian couple’s relationship with their children’s sperm donor was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar the year after Bigelow won for Hurt Locker (2009).

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Where to watch her films:

NETFLIX

HULU

AMAZON (PRIME-STREAMING)

AMAZON (DVDs/BluRays for PURCHASE)

Read more about her:

ONLINE
Lisa Cholodenko on Getting Under the Skin of Frances McDormand’s ‘Olive Kitteridge’
Focus Features – The Kids Are All Right
Lisa Cholodenko: ‘I wanted to make a film that was not sanctimonious or sentimental’
Variety
Deadline
Wikipedia

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2015The Slap (TV Series) (1 episode)
Hector (2015)
 2014Olive Kitteridge (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
Security (2014)
A Different Road (2014)
Incoming Tide (2014)
Pharmacy (2014)
 2010Hung (TV Series) (1 episode)
Beaverland (2010)
 2010The Kids Are All Right
 2005The L Word (TV Series) (1 episode)
Lynch Pin (2005)
 2004Cavedweller
 2002Push, Nevada (TV Series) (1 episode)
The Letter of the Law (2002)
 2002Laurel Canyon
 2001Six Feet Under (TV Series) (1 episode)
Familia (2001)
 1999Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series) (1 episode)
The Same Coin (1999)
 1998High Art
 1997Dinner Party (Short)
 1994/IISouvenir (Short)

Bite-sized blog post: Lynn Shelton

Lynn Shelton

Seattle-based filmmaker LYNN SHELTON directed her first film We Go Way Back (2006) in her late-thirties after being inspired by a lecture with French director Claire Denis where Denis informed the audience she hadn’t made her first film until she was forty proving it was possible.

Shelton has continued to write and direct indie features including Humpday (2009) and Your Sister’s Sister (2011) which have both been remade by French filmmakers.

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Where to watch her films:

NETFLIX

AMAZON (PRIME-STREAMING)

AMAZON (DVDs/BluRays for PURCHASE)

HULU

Read more about her:

ONLINE
Find her on Facebook
Find her on Twitter
Director Lynn Shelton on Her Female Quarter-Life Crisis Film, Laggies
Lynn Shelton on Whether to Call Herself a ‘Woman Director’
‘Laggies’ Director Lynn Shelton on the Need for More Flawed Women on Screen
Wikipedia

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

Fresh Off the Boat (TV Series) (6 episodes)
The Big 1-2 (2015)
Shaquille O’Neal Motors (2015)
Family Business Trip (2015)
Showdown at the Golden Saddle (2015)
Persistent Romeo (2015)
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 2015 Master of None (TV Series) (2 episodes)
Ladies and Gentlemen (2015)
Old People (2015)
 2014-2015 The Mindy Project (TV Series) (2 episodes)
Danny Castellano Is My Nutritionist (2015)
I Slipped (2014)
 2012-2014 New Girl (TV Series) (5 episodes)
Dice (2014)
Mars Landing (2014)
First Date (2013)
Pepperwood (2013)
Injured (2012)
 2014 Laggies
 2013 Touchy Feely
2012 Ben and Kate (TV Series) (1 episode)
The Trip (2012)
 2011 Your Sister’s Sister
 2010 Mad Men (TV Series) (1 episode)
Hands and Knees (2010)
 2009 $5 Cover: Seattle (TV Series)
 2009 Humpday
 2008 My Effortless Brilliance
 2008 What the Funny (Video)
 2006 We Go Way Back

Bite-sized blog: Maria Giese

Maria Giese

When Saturday Comes (1996), the first feature directed by MARIA GIESE came directly on the heels of her matriculation at UCLA – in fact the deal to get the movie made was inked before she even graduated.

That first feature led to her being signed by the iconic agency William Morris. After facing years of closed doors with male only signs she started her own blog and went to the ACLU to get those doors open for all female filmmakers!

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Where to watch her films:

AMAZON (PRIME-STREAMING)

AMAZON (DVDs/BluRays for PURCHASE)

VIMEO

Read more about her:

ONLINE
Find her on Facebook
Find her on Twitter
Maria’s Website
Women Directors: Navigating the Hollywood Boys’ Club
“Troublemaker” Who Launched Hollywood’s EEOC Gender Probe: I “Don’t Regret” Starting the Fight
Female film directors are on outside looking in, but will ACLU flip the script?
Wikipedia

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2001Hunger

Women Producing & Directing in Hollywood: Meg LeFauve, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton & Kristin Hahn

TV Diversity

It has been a while since I conducted what was my first round table interview with these incredible women. I learned so much in the process – about women working in Hollywood, how to conduct an interview with more than one subject (having more than one camera is really important in this circumstance) and so much more.

Dana Hayes who has recently joined the 2nd Sex & 7th Art team did an incredible job editing together a short video of the nuggets of knowledge they shared.

There was so much in this interview and she managed to give it focus and tie it into what has happened since – the #HireTheseWomen campaign and the new media attention focused on the subject of the lack of female directors.

And now the EEOC is looking into things… will the game change?