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: 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: Gwen Arner

Gwen Arner

GWEN ARNER is a television director who also worked as an actor.

She directed for television and the stage for over twenty years. Back in 1996 in a Los Angeles Times article she commented about the prospect for women directing in film and theatre, “It’s opened up a lot now, but it’s still not as good as it should be. It just doesn’t make sense statistically. When you go into a university and [you see a] 50-50 [gender ratio] in all your creative classes and then you get out into the profession and the ratio drops dramatically, you know there’s something wrong. … It doesn’t have to do with a person’s talent or abilities.”

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Los Angeles Times

FILMOGRAPHY (from imdb):

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Series) (12 episodes)

Seeds of Doubt (1998)
Starting Over (1997)

 1995-1996C.P.W. (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Showgirls (1995)

 1996Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1994The Cosby Mysteries (TV Series) (1 episode)

Mirror, Mirror (1994)

 1992-1993Sisters (TV Series) (4 episodes)

 1991-1993The Commish (TV Series) (4 episodes)

Video Vigilante (1992)
Skeletons (1992)

 1993Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1992Majority Rule (TV Movie)

 1991Law & Order (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Renunciation (1991)

 1991The Trials of Rosie O’Neill (TV Series) (1 episode)

Time Will Tell (1991)

 1990The Outsiders (TV Series) (1 episode)

Storm Warning (1990)

 1989-1990Alien Nation (TV Series) (2 episodes)

 1989Island Son (TV Series)

 1989Heartbeat (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1989Tattinger’s (TV Series) (2 episodes)

Broken Windows (1989)
 1988Necessary Parties (TV Movie)

 1988Hotel (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1982-1987Dynasty (TV Series) (11 episodes)

The Dress (1987)
The Surgery (1987)
Sideswiped (1986)
The Decision (1985)
The Californians (1985)

 1986The Colbys (TV Series) (4 episodes)

The Gala (1986)
The Honeymoon (1986)
 1986My Town (TV Movie)

 1982-1986Falcon Crest (TV Series) (9 episodes)

Conundrum (1986)
Coup d’Etat (1983)
Double Dealing (1983)
The Wages of Sin (1983)

 1984Dallas (TV Series) (6 episodes)

Barbecue Five (1984)
Shadows (1984)
Homecoming (1984)

 1984American Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1983Fame (TV Series) (1 episode)

Star Quality (1983)

 1982King’s Crossing (TV Series) (1 episode)

The Home Front (1982)

 1981Nurse (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1979-1980Family (TV Series) (2 episodes)

 1977-1980The Waltons (TV Series) (13 episodes)

The Idol (1980)
The Wager (1979)
The Innocents (1979)
The Diploma (1979)

 1978The Paper Chase (TV Series) (1 episode)

 1978The Bionic Woman (TV Series) (1 episode)