Her.Stories

Her.Stories is a weekly digest of important and interesting stories about women filmmakers around the world.  Stories are gleaned from media across the globe, from Canada to India, from Oman to Zimbabwe.  Links are provided for readers to access the source articles.  New Her.Stories posts can be found on the Her Film Project blog.  Posts in 2013 will be archived on the Project’s Her.Stories page.

December 22, 2012: Interview with West of Memphis director Amy Berg and producer Lorri Davis, Khaleeji women filmmakers, Iranian women’s rights focus of festival, interview with filmmaker Brenda Davis and her doc about healthcare for childbearing women, standing against gender violence theme of film festival in India, multimedia project on women in film, A-Z of heroines of cinema in 2012, top 10 female Hindi film directors, Khadija al-Salami’s film about Yemeni women’s rights, director Karen Cho’s film on feminism in Canada, interview with Nishtha Jain’s film on gender violence and rights of the poor, interview with director Stephanie Assimacopoulo

November 3, 2012: 2012 doc summit in Toronto, female-created programs sought by Venevision, BAFTA study shows young people discouraged from entering film industry, sexism in Argo, female sci-fi directors, women and screenplays, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, focus on women directors at Houston Cinema Arts, 79-year old becomes martial arts action hero, Clemence Ancelin’s new film about technology and rural Chad, memes from the Suffragist Era, Margarethe von Trotta and Barbara Sukowa interview at Toronto International Film Festival

October 27, 2012: Abu Dhabi women filmmakers, digital Hollywood women, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, female focus at Seven Islands International Film Festival in Chennai, women directors awarded at St. Louis film fest, Canadian women still a minority in film, women and religion focus at Rehovot film festival, Mrs. Judo documentary at the United Nations, Israeli filmmaker Rama Burshtein, “Women Calling the Shots” panel at Naples International Film Festival, women to watch out for at the UK Jewish Film Festival

September 15, 2012: Latina Women’s League produces film festival, actress Sharon Lawrence encourages women’s stories, sexism basis of investigation of Cannes, Aida Begic’s film from Bosnia selected for Oscars, director Lucrecia Martel’s new film, Patricia Riggen and her film on the Chilean miners, Xan Cassavetes’ new vampire flick, New Zealander Gaylene Preston’s new dramatic earthquake series funded, new documentary by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Shola Lynch and her film on Angela Davis and political prisoners, Anais Barbeau-Lavalette in Toronto, audio on Carol Morley’s documentary Dreams of a Life

September 8, 2012:  First Saudi Female Director, Julie Dash’s ‘Tupelo ’77’ Gets a Boost, Heidi Ewing on her new documentary ‘Detropia,’ Dorothy Fadiman takes her Abortion Rights Trilogy on the road, ‘Battle of the Sexes’ docu portrays women’s fight for equal pay in sports, Amma Assante film ‘Belle’ to begin production, rising matriarchs of Mollywood (Malayalam film industry), New Zealand Film Commission short films announcement, synopsis of new South African film ‘Layla Fourie,’ Thelma Schoonmaker wins 2nd Gucci award for women in film, TIFF 2012: Female filmmakers in Toronto spotlight, women filmmakers in Toronto, TIFF programmer discusses film roles for women, selections for Arab Women Filmmakers Competition at Baghdad International Film Festival, women filmmakers at Telluride, Rama Burshtein brings Hasidic film to Venice

September 1, 2012:  Nina Simone biopic and ethnocentric controversy over Zoe Saldana, Toronto & women directors, the women behind For a Good Time, Call…, female documentary directors and the celluloid ceiling, documentary on Ann Richards, director Leslye Headland, filmmaker Julia Reichert given lifetime achievement award, Venice film festival and female directors, LUND 2012 event in Sweden focuses on women filmmakers

August 25, 2012:  Women’s film and stage roles, women directors at the Venice film festival, influence of women in Hollywood, LIFF in Zimbabwe, filmmaker and Chile’s slum kids, every woman’s story counts, a feminist look at the women of “Arrested Development,” interview with Maryam Keshavarz, women of Bhakti, Uma Thurman on the sexualization of women in film, British all-female broadcast crew

August 18, 2012: Filmmakers Delpy, DuVernay and Headland on directing, Brownson and Levison’s ‘Lemon’ picked up, Sophia Takal’s ‘Green’ picked up, feminist quote from Emma Stone, filmmakers Mia Hansen-Love, Marjane Satrapi and Mary Ann Williamson, how to empower women in Hollywood, Bollywood and gender politics, casting directors to know, the French teach Hollywood about female talent

July 20, 2012: Women filmmakers target of religious fundamentalism at Jerusalem Film Festival, Bollywood women, Cholodenko joins board of AMPAS, female filmmaking featured by KinoFilms, Are comedy and feminism enemies?, 25 new faces of independent film

July 14, 2012: Doc on strippers and labor rights, Viscera Film Festival in Los Angeles, Carol Morley’s new doc picked up by Strand, filmmaker Frances Lea, Rohrwacher’s new film gets U.S. DVD release, discussion of ethical manhoods and Asian American male sexuality

June 30, 2012: Homage to Nora Ephron, women’s film fest in Zimbabwe, Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley, Rwandan women featured in new doc, book chronicles women’s role in Hindi film world, Zimbabwe: Dangarembga’s film for India festival

June 23, 2012: Six months on a regimen of woman filmmakers, new film exposes military predators, female feticide ignored in films, Malayalam filmmaker Anjali Menon, Ava DuVernay’s film Middle of Nowhere

June 16, 2012:  Streep calls out Hollywood on women, Pixar and female roles on/off screen, Director Nancy Savoca, New film Hysteria by Tanya Wexler, Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women in video games, the writing roots of Beverly Cleary

June 9, 2012:  Wellywood Woman “To Siberia with Love”, Kathleen Kennedy takes up co-chair of LucasFilms, Janet Jackson to produce doc on transgender lives, THR Showrunner panel, Black women in the media

March 31, 2012: “Ladies Theme” at film fest in Muscat, Wellywood Woman interview with director of Alice Walker doc, Conference on women in Latin American cinema, Prince-Bythewood and Lemmons book new films

March 17, 2012: Melissa Harris-Perry with Cho & Pozner, CNN covers documentary Miss Representation, ITVS Women and Girls Lead online film fest, Doc on women in Japan after 2011 disaster, WIFT United Arab Emirates launches short film festival

March 10, 2012: 8 Arab women filmmakers festival, WIFT India Launches in Mumbai, Saving Face Premieres on TV

October 13, 2011:  Lifetime’s Five, Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life, PBS series Women, War and Peace

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