Bite-sized blog post: Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden

LIZZIE BORDEN’s first feature film Born in Flames, a sci-fi film about women taking over the world, features a scene with a young Kathryn Bigelow.

Her real name is Elizabeth Borden and she embraced the name of the well-known ax murderer as her directing moniker.

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Film Directors Site
Artists in Conversation

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 1996Silk Stalkings (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1996Red Shoe Diaries (TV Series) (1 episode)

Juarez (1996)
 1994Erotique (segment “Let’s Talk About Love”)
 1991Inside Out (Video) (episode “Diaries, The”, episode “Shrink Rap”)

 1989Monsters (TV Series) (1 episode)

La Strega (1989)

Bite-sized blog post: Tanya Wexler

Tanya Wexler

TANYA WEXLER got her MFA at Columbia before making her first feature Finding North (1998). After her second feature it took ten years for her to make the critically acclaimed Hysteria (2011). Keanu Reeves is slated to star in her next film  Replicas.

After engaging in a twitter discussion with Colin Treverrow about his misguided comment that women simply aren’t interested in directing studio films, according to reports Wexler met up with him in person to open a dialogue of more than 140 characters concerning the issue.

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Huffington Post
Tanya Wexler Explained a Few Things to Colin Trevorrow About Being a Female Director
‘Hysteria’ Filmmaker Tanya Wexler to Direct Keanu Reeves in Sci-Fi Thriller

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Bite-sized blog post: Gail Mancuso

Gail Mancuso

GAIL MANCUSO began her career as a script supervisor and has gone on to direct over 100 episodes of television.

She has twice won an Emmy for directing episodes of Modern Family (2013 & 2014).


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AMAZON (Streaming)



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Gail Mancuso To Direct Shondaland ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Toast’
TV director has real ‘Modern Family’ in River Forest
Talking Modern Family with director Gail Mancuso

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2016Black-ish (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2016The Grinder (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2015Take It from Us (TV Movie)

 2010-2015Modern Family (TV Series) (22 episodes)

White Christmas (2015)
She Crazy (2015)
Spring Break (2015)

 2015Fresh Off the Boat (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Huangsgiving (2015)
Success Perm (2015)

 2015Your Family or Mine (TV Series) (1 episode)

Pilot (2015)

 2013-2015Ground Floor (TV Series) (12 episodes)

Unforgiven (2014)
Dynamic Duo (2014)

 2014-2015Cristela (TV Series) (4 episodes)

Hypertension (2015)
Dead Arm (2015)
Floor Favor (2014)
Enter Singing (2014)
 2015How We Live (TV Movie) (attached)

 2013Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Teddy Trouble… (2013)
Dating Games… (2013)

 2007-2013Rules of Engagement (TV Series) (17 episodes)

The Power Couple (2011)
Zygote (2011)
Jeff Day (2011)

 20131600 Penn (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2013Adopted (TV Movie)

 2012Ben and Kate (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Fox Hunt (2012)

 2012Suburgatory (TV Series) (1 episode)

Entering Eden (2012)

 2012Are You There, Chelsea? (TV Series) (12 episodes)

Surprise (2012)
Boots (2012)
The Foodie (2012)
Fired (2012)

 2012Happy Endings (TV Series) (1 episode)

Big White Lies (2012)
 2012Downwardly Mobile (TV Movie)

 2011Mad Love (TV Series) (3 episodes)

Friends (2011)

 2009-2011Cougar Town (TV Series) (5 episodes)

No Reason to Cry (2011)
Counting on You (2010)

 2010$#*! My Dad Says (TV Series) (5 episodes)

Dog Ed Pursuit (2010)
Wi-Fight (2010)

 2010Outsourced (TV Series) (1 episode)

Party of Five (2010)

 2010Chuck (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2010Community (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2010Hank (TV Series) (1 episode)

Dog (2010)

 2006-201030 Rock (TV Series) (8 episodes)

Klaus and Greta (2010)
Sun Tea (2009)
Cutbacks (2009)
Gavin Volure (2008)

 2009Accidentally on Purpose (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2009The Middle (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2009Better Off Ted (TV Series) (1 episode)

Get Happy (2009)

 2009In the Motherhood (TV Series) (1 episode)

Bully (2009)

 2009Kath & Kim (TV Series) (1 episode)

Desire (2009)

 2008Happy Hour (TV Series) (2 episodes)

The T-Shirt (2008)

 2008The Return of Jezebel James (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2008Five Year Plan (TV Movie)

 2007My Name Is Earl (TV Series) (1 episode)

Burn Victim (2007)

 2007Aliens in America (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2007Cavemen (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2007The Singles Table (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Work Dinner (2007)

 2006Men in Trees (TV Series) (1 episode)

Sink or Swim (2006)

 2006Teachers. (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Schoolympics (2006)
Field Trip (2006)

 2006Out of Practice (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2006Nobody’s Watching (TV Movie)
 2006Thick and Thin (TV Series)

 2005Stacked (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Ex-Appeal (2005)

 2005Rodney (TV Series) (3 episodes)

The Ring (2005)
Tassels (2005)

 2005Jake in Progress (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2005Living with Fran (TV Series) (3 episodes)

The Concert (2005)
Riley’s Ex (2005)
Carriage Ride (2005)
 2004The Men’s Room (TV Series)

 2004Joey (TV Series) (2 episodes)

 2003-2004Married to the Kellys (TV Series) (8 episodes)

The Plan (2004)
Talk Radio (2004)

 2004The Tracy Morgan Show (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Weird Science (2004)
 2003Run of the House (TV Series)

 2003The Mullets (TV Series) (1 episode)

Smackdown (2003)

 2001-2003Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (5 episodes)

Lost and Found (2002)

 2001-2003Becker (TV Series) (9 episodes)

Chris’ Ex (2003)
Once Upon a Time (2003)
Chris-Mess (2002)

 2003My Big Fat Greek Life (TV Series) (3 episodes)

Greek Easter (2003)
Nick Moves Out (2003)
Big Night (2003)

 2003A.U.S.A. (TV Series) (2 episodes)

 2001-2003Reba (TV Series) (7 episodes)

Proud Reba (2002)

 2002In-Laws (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2002Family Affair (TV Series) (1 episode)

 2001Inside Schwartz (TV Series) (3 episodes)

Roommates (2001)

 2001Three Sisters (TV Series) (4 episodes)

Sister Break (2001)
The New Guy (2001)

 1999-2001Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (TV Series) (7 episodes)

Disco Nights (2000)
Love Shack (2000)

 2001The Fighting Fitzgeralds (TV Series) (1 episode)

One Angry Man (2001)

 1997-2001Dharma & Greg (TV Series) (28 episodes)

Do the Hustle (2001)
Midwife Crisis (2000)
The Dating Game (1999)

 2000-2001Yes, Dear (TV Series) (3 episodes)

Arm-prins (2000)
Jimmy Gets a Job (2000)
 2000The Weber Show (TV Series) (multiple episodes)

 2000Then Came You (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1999-2000Ladies Man (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Aloha Christmas (1999)
 1999Square One (TV Series)

 1999Stark Raving Mad (TV Series) (5 episodes)

The Dance (1999)
The Lyin’ King (1999)

 1999Norm (TV Series) (1 episode)

My Name Is Norm (1999)

 1999Jesse (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1998Conrad Bloom (TV Series) (2 episodes)

The Spazz Singer (1998)

 1998The King of Queens (TV Series) (1 episode)

Cello, Goodbye (1998)
 1998Babes in the Wood (TV Series)
 19981973 (TV Movie)

 1997-1998Ellen (TV Series) (7 episodes)

Hospital (1998)
Neighbors (1998)
Like a Virgin (1997)
Emma (1997)

 1998Just Shoot Me! (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1997The Tony Danza Show (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Wired (1997)

 1997Suddenly Susan (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Family Affairs (1997)

 1997Ink (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Debutante (1997)

 1997The Single Guy (TV Series) (1 episode)

Vegas Finale (1997)

 1997The Naked Truth (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1996Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Dream Date (1996)
 1996Mr. Rhodes (TV Series)

 1996Hudson Street (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Family Album (1996)
The Retreat (1996)

 1991-1996Roseanne (TV Series) (51 episodes)

Heart & Soul (1996)
The Wedding (1996)
Ballroom Blitz (1996)

 1995Almost Perfect (TV Series) (2 episodes)

My Way (1995)

 1995New York Daze (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1994The Nanny (TV Series) (6 episodes)

A Star Is Unborn (1994)
The Playwright (1994)
The Gym Teacher (1994)

 1994Herman’s Head (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1994Monty (TV Series) (1 episode)

East Side Story (1994)

 1993Joe’s Life (TV Series) (1 episode)

Mind If I Smoke? (1993)

 1992-1993Camp Wilder (TV Series) (4 episodes)

Career Day (1993)
A Close Shave (1992)
Jung at Heart (1992)
Boy Loses Girl (1992)

Bite-sized blog post: Yvonne Rainer

 Yvonne RainerYVONNE RAINER was born in San Francisco and made her mark as a dancer and filmmaker in New York City.

Rainer made her first short in 1966 and went on to experiment with the medium, exploring dance, sexuality and feminism.


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Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films at the Getty Center
Strictly Film School
Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer
Senses of Cinema
Yvonne Rainer Dances and Films – Getty website

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 1966Hand Film (Short)

Bite-sized blog post: Marielle Heller

Marielle Heller

MARIELLE HELLER first wrote and directed her feature film The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) as a play based on the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.

The film premiered at Sundance and led to her directing for Amazon’s Transparent and Hulu’s Casual.

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AMAZON (Streaming)



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The Diary of a Teenage Girl Director on What Women in Hollywood Need to Succeed
10 Directors to Watch: Secrets of Marielle Heller’s Sundance ‘Diary’
Marielle Heller on the Road to ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

Casual (TV Series) (2 episodes)
Episode #2.10 (2016)
Episode #2.9 (2016)
2015Transparent (TV Series) (1 episode)
New World Coming (2015)
2015The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Bite-sized blog post: Tracy Lynch Britton

Tracy Lynch Britton

Nicknamed “Boom Boom Britton” by her crew for her love of action sequences, TRACY LYNCH BRITTON was the first woman to direct for Baywatch.

She made her directorial debut with the low-budget thriller Maximum Breakout (1991) and continues to direct for television and has features in development!

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FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

Dr. Phil (TV Series) (4 episodes)

Silent Darkness (2007)
Are You a Bitch? (2006)

 2002Ocean Ave. (TV Series) (1 episode)

Episode #1.1 (2002)

 1999Melrose Place (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1998Baywatch (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1997Baywatch Nights (TV Series) (1 episode)

A Thousand Words (1997)

 1996The Girlie Show (TV Series documentary) (3 episodes)

Episode #1.3 (1996)
Episode #1.2 (1996)
Episode #1.1 (1996)
 1991Americans Most Wanted (Video)

Bite-sized blog post: Susan Froemke

Susan Froemke

SUSAN FROEMKE started out as an associate producer for the seminal Maysles brothers film Grey Gardens (1975) and has gone on to let the “truth unfold before [the] camera” through numerous documentaries of her own.

As of the writing of this blog she has won three Emmys.

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AMAZON (Streaming)



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Escape Fire website
Television Academy

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2012Wagner’s Dream (Documentary)

 2011American Masters (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)

 2008The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Audition (2008)

 2007The Addiction Project (TV Series) (1 episode)

Insurance Woes (2007)
 2006In Rehearsal: A New Butterfly for the Met (TV Movie documentary)
 2001LaLee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (TV Movie documentary)
 1996Letting Go: A Hospice Journey (Documentary)
 1994Conversations with the Rolling Stones (TV Movie documentary)

 1992America Undercover (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)

 1992Baroque Duet (TV Movie documentary)
 1991Soldiers of Music (Documentary)
 1991The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (Video documentary)
 1990Christo in Paris (Documentary)
 1988Karajan in Salzburg (TV Special)
 1987Horowitz Plays Mozart (Documentary) (a film by)
 1985Ozawa (TV Movie documentary)

Bite-sized blog post: Zeinabu Irene Davis

Zeinabu Irene Davis

ZEINABU IRENE DAVIS teaches film at UC San Diego and can boast an eclectic range of films, having made narrative, experimental and documentary.

Her most recent feature is a documentary about the UCLA film movement now known as the LA Rebellion (the group included filmmaker Julie Dash) – Spirits of Rebellion: Black Film at UCLA (2011).

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Find her on Twitter
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Spirits of Rebellion website
Black Silence: Films By Zeinabu irene Davis and Charles Lane
Indiana University
UC San Diego

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2009Passengers (Video short)
 1995Mother of the River (Short)
 1990Kneegrays in Russia (Video short documentary)
 1989Cycles (Short)
 1989Trumpetistically, Clora Bryant (Video short)
 1986Crocodile Conspiracy (Short)
 1983Re-creating Black Women’s Media Image (Documentary short)

Bite-sized blog post: Barbra Streisand

Barbara Streisand

BARBRA STREISAND is a musical theater and actress powerhouse who made her directorial debut with Yentl (1983) which she fought to get made and opened the door for future directing and producing opportunities.

Much like Mary Pickford in the early days of the industry Streisand insists on shaping her own career. She was the Oscar presenter for the monumental moment when Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director.

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Barbra Streisand To Direct ‘Catherine The Great’ Movie
Barbra Streisand returns to the director’s chair with Bourke-White/Caldwell love story
New York Times
Fan website
Keira Knightley to Play ‘Catherine the Great’ for Director Barbra Streisand

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

 2009Streisand: Live in Concert (TV Special documentary)
 2001Timeless: Live in Concert (TV Special documentary)
 1995Barbra: The Concert (TV Special documentary)

Bite-sized blog post: Alice Wu

Alice Wu

ALICE WU has a BS amd a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.

She left a job at Microsoft in Seattle to pursue filmmaking and directed her first feature film Saving Face (2004), one of the few films with a full Chinese-American cast bank rolled by Hollywood after winning the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment award, was based on a novel she wrote about her experiences coming out to her family.

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AMAZON (Streaming)


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New York Magazine
Kissing Vivian Shing – New York Times

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

2004 Saving Face