Female Film and TV Directors

basically female film directors who have at least one feature film in their credits

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“ Catch and Release
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Beeban Kidron
She came to prominence with the much lauded adaptation of Jeanette Winterson's autobiographical novel 'Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit'. Since then she's directed feature films, television dramas and documentaries. In 2008, she founded the charity called Filmclub with Lindsay Mackie. It has since grown to be one of the largest and most influential after-school clubs in the UK...
“ To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
Used People
Amy Foster
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (tv series)

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“ Cleo from 5 to 7
Vagabond (1985)
Jacquot de Nantes
Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma

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“ Why Not! (1977)
3 hommes et un couffin
Chaos (2001)
18 ans après (2003)
Saint-Jacques... La Mecque (2005)

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Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor is an Academy Award-nominated director, known for such films as Frida and Across the Universe. She was born on December 15, 1952, in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Her father, Melvin Lester Taymor, was a gynecologist. Her mother, Elizabeth Bernstein, was a teacher of political science...
“ Titus
Across the Universe
The Tempest

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Ida Lupino
Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire. Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson was one of her...
“ The Hitch-Hiker
The Trouble with Angels
The Bigamist

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Jill Sprecher
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in philosophy and literature, she moved to NewYork to study film and has since made Manhattan her home. She has worked as a coordinator, production manager and line producer on both studio and independent features. She studied film directing with Robert Wise and...
“ Clockwatchers
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Thin Ice (2011)

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Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas was born July 27, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Ohio University with a BA in fine arts. Initially sidetracked, Betty first taught school in Chicago but found herself restricted and needing more of an open forum for self-expression than a classroom. She found herself drawn inextricably to comedy...
“ Private Parts
Only You
I Spy
John Tucker Must Die
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

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Agnieszka Holland
Director, Europa Europa
Agnieszka Holland was born 28 of November 1948 in Warsaw but went to Czechoslovakia to study film directing at FAMU in Prague. She began her film career working in Poland with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before directing her own films...
“ To Kill a Priest
Europa Europa
Olivier, Olivier
The Secret Garden
Total Eclipse
Washington Square
The Third Miracle
Copying Beethoven
In Darkness

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Margarethe von Trotta
Director, Hannah Arendt
Margarethe von Trotta was born in Berlin in 1942. In the 1960s she moved to Paris where she worked for film collectives, collaborating on scripts and co-directing short films. She also pursued an acclaimed acting career, starring in films by well known German directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Volker Schlöndorff...
“ The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum
Das Versprechen

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“ The Peacemaker
Deep Impact
Pay It Forward
The Code

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Lone Scherfig
Director, An Education
Writer/director Lone Scherfig graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 1984. Her first feature film, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP (1990), was selected for Panorama in Berlin, the New Directors section at MOMA in New York and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. Her next film, ON OUR OWN (1998), received the Grand Prix in Montreal and the Cinekid Prize in Amsterdam...
“ Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
An Education
One Day

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“ De stilte rond Christine M.
Antonia won Oscar
Mrs Dalloway(1997)
The Luzhin Defence (2000)
Within the Whirlwind

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“ Whale Rider
North Country
The Vintner's Luck

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“ Slums of Beverly Hills
The Savages

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Tamra Davis
Director, Billy Madison
Began her career directing music videos for acts like Tone Loc, Depeche Mode, NWA and Sonic Youth and made her first feature in 92 with Guncrazy starring Drew Barrymore. Ms Barrymore received a Golden Globe Nomination. She then went on to direct feature films starring Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle and Britney Spears...
“ Guncrazy
CB4 (1993)
Billy Madison
Best Men
Half Baked
The Wonder of Sex

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“ Children of a Lesser God - won Oscar, was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay
The Doctor

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“ A New Leaf
The Heartbreak Kid

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“ Le Gout des Autres (2000)
Look at Me (2004)
Let's Talk About the Rain (2008)

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Kari Skogland
Kari was named by Hollywood Reporter as one of its "Ten Directors to Watch" for her debut as writer-director of Liberty Stands Still (Wesley Snipes, Linda Fiorentino - Lionsgate). As Writer, Director, Producer, Kari's most recent film Fifty Dead Men Walking (starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess)...
“ Fifty Dead Men Walking
The Stone Angel (2007)
Liberty Stands Still

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Phyllida Lloyd
Director, Mamma Mia!
Leading British theatre director, particularly praised for her work in opera.
“ Mamma Mia!
The Iron Lady

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“ Beau Travail
Trouble Every Day
35 Shots of Rum

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Penelope Spheeris
Director, Wayne's World
Spheeris is often referred to as a 'rock 'n roll anthropologist'. In 1974 she formed the first Los Angeles music video production company, ROCK 'N REEL. She concluded her music video work with the Grammy-nominated, "Bohemian Rhapsody" video for "Wayne's World". Spheeris' feature film debut was the 1979 documentary on the Los Angeles punk scene...
“ Senseless
Wayne's World

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“ The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
The Ballad of Jack and Rose
Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

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“ Ravenous
Mad Love

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Lucrecia Martel
Director, La Ciénaga
Born in 1966 in Salta in the North of Argentina,Lucrecia Martel settled down in Buenos Aires where she studied communication sciences. She started by directing a few shorts among which Dead King, which garnered several awards in the international film festival circuit. From 1995 to 1998, she made a series of documentaries for TV as well as a children's TV programme...
“ The Swamp
The Holy Girl
The Headless Woman

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“ Nowhere in Africa
Jenseits der Stille

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“ She-Devil (1989)
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Making Mr. Right (1987)

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Sally Potter
Director, Orlando
Sally Potter made her first 8mm film aged fourteen. She has since written and directed seven feature films, as well as many short films (including THRILLER and PLAY) and a television series, and has directed opera (Carmen for the ENO in 2007) and other live work. Her background is in choreography, music...
“ Orlando (1992)
The Tango Lesson
The Man Who Cried

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“ My Life Without Me
The Secret Life of Words

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“ Persepolis
Chicken with Plums

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“ When Night Is Falling
Mansfield Park
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

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“ Siesta
Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary II
The In Crowd

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Roberta Findlay
Cinematographer, Blood Sisters
Noted adult and exploitation cinema filmmaker Roberta Findlay was born Roberta Hershkowitz in 1948 in New York City. The youngest in a family of three children, Roberta grew up in a tenement apartment in the Bronx. Findlay's Hungarian immigrant parents wanted her to be a pianist. Roberta met her husband...
“ Tenement (1985)
Blood Sisters (1987)
Lurkers (1988)
Prime Evil (1989)

the Queen of B-Horror films
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“ (1881–1971)

Baryshnya-krestyanka (1916)
Svetlyy gorod (1928)
Baby ryazanskie (1928)
And Quiet Flows the Don(1931)
Vrazhyi tropy (1935)
Paren iz taygi (1941)
Stepan Razin (1941)

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“ Bridget Jones's Diary

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“ Disco Pigs (2001)
August Rush

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“ Step Up
27 Dresses
The Proposal

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“ The Captive (2000)
A Couch in New York (1996)
News from Home (1977)

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Lois Weber
Director, Suspense
Lois Weber, who had been a street-corner evangelist before entering motion pictures in 1905, became the first American woman movie director of note, and a major one at that. Herbert Blaché, the husband of Frenchwoman Alice Guy, the first woman to direct a motion picture (and arguably, the first director of either gender to helm a fictional narrative film)...
“ (1879–1939)

It's No Laughing Matter (1915)

had directed about 40 feature films

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“ The Ascent (1977)
Wings (1966)

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Alice Guy
Generally considered to be the world's first female director, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business as a secretary at Gaumont-Paris in 1896. The next year Gaumont changed from manufacturing cameras to producing movies, and Guy became one of its first film directors. She impressed the the company...
“ Vampire (1920)

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“ Girlfight
Æon Flux
Jennifer's Body

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“ Walking and Talking
Friends with Money
Lovely & Amazing
Please Give

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“ Harriet the Spy
Forces of Nature

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“ La bouche de Jean-Pierre

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Nicole Kassell
Director, The Woodsman
Nicole Kassell received a BA from Columbia University in Art History and an MFA from NYU's Film Program, where she was honored with full scholarships for two years. Her short film, "Jaime," won the DGA student female filmmaker prize, and her thesis film, "The Green Hour," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002...
“ The Woodsman
A Little Bit of Heaven

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Callie Khouri
Raised in Texas and Kentucky by her doctor father and mother. Went to Purdue University to study landscape architecture but switched to drama. Moved to Nashville after college to be with her family before heading to Los Angeles in 1982 to study at the Strasburg Institute. Worked for a commercials production...
“ Mad Money

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“ Rain
Sunshine Cleaning

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“ Beautiful Thing (1996)

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Dennie Gordon
Director, Bloodline
After graduating from Yale's School of Drama in Directing, Gordon first gained recognition when her script for a Hard Rain was chosen by Showtime's Discovery Program. Thanks to Steven Spielberg, a rough cut of her film attracted the attention of George Lucas who donated the film's mix at Skywalker Ranch...
“ Joe Dirt
What a Girl Wants
New York Minute

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Karen Moncrieff
After receiving a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Moncrieff moved to California to pursue a career as an actress. She appeared in numerous TV shows and B-movies and was a series regular on Santa Barbara (as Cassandra Lockridge) and Days of Our Lives (as Gabrielle Pascal.) In 1998...
“ Blue Car
The Dead Girl

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“ Boxing Helena (1993)
Surveillance (2008)
Hisss (2010)

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Anna Boden
Anna Boden is an American film director, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter best known as the co-writer of the 2006 film Half Nelson. She is known for her collaborations with fellow filmmaker Ryan Fleck. While studying film at NYU, Boden met Ryan Fleck on the set of a student film. Soon they began dating and decided to collaborate...
“ Sugar
It's Kind of a Funny Story

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“ The Baby-Sitters Club
Slap Her, She's French!

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“ Onegin

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“ Two Women
The Hidden Half
The Fifth Reaction
Cease Fire

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Gina Prince-Bythewood
Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include the HBO film Disappearing Acts...
“ Love & Basketball
The Secret Life of Bees

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“ Frozen River - was nominated for 2 Oscars

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“ Coco Before Chanel
The Girl from Monaco

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“ Nasty Neighbours

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Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her sensitive portraits of wounded and conflicted young women in independent films...
“ Away from Her
Take This Waltz

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Icíar Bollaín
Director, Te doy mis ojos
Born in Madrid, Iciar Bollain has worked as an actress in films such El Sur (1983), directed by Víctor Erice; Sublet (1991) directed by Chus Gutiérrez, Malaventura (1988) directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón; El Mejor de los Tiempos (1990) and Un Paraguas para Tres (1992) directed by Felipe Vega, Tierra y Libertad (1995) directed by Ken Loach...
“ Take My Eyes
Even the Rain

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Floria Sigismondi
Director, The Runaways
Floria Sigismondi is a photographer and director. Apart from her art exhibitions she is best known for directing music videos. Her trademark dilating, jittery camerawork, noticeable as early as her video for Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People", has been replicated by a great number of directors since...
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Joan Micklin Silver
Director, Hester Street
As a successful director working both inside and outside the Hollywood studio system, Joan Micklin Silver has been a true lamplighter. Garnering a steady stream of awards and box office successes, she has proved herself time and again as one of the most important woman directors to come out of the United States...
“ Loverboy (1989)
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Between the Lines (1977)

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“ The Goddess of 1967

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“ Tomboy
Water Lilies

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Adrienne Shelly
Actress, Waitress
The late Adrienne Shelley was born in Queens, New York, to Sheldon Levine and Elaine Langbaum. After graduating Jericho High School, located in Jericho, New York, she enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where she made a name for herself in independent films...
“ Waitress (2007)

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“ The Night Porter (1974)
Ripley's Game (2002)

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“ Go Fish (1994)
Bedrooms and Hallways (1998)
The Safety of Objects (2001)

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“ Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

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“ The Women

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“ How to Deal (2003)
The Wedding Date (2005)

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Anna Biller
Director, The Love Witch
Anna Biller is known for her lavish use of color, her original brand of narcissistic feminism and her witty imitations of old Hollywood spectacle and genre movies. She has completed several short films and written two stage musicals, and has done her own set and costume design on all of them. She did her undergraduate studies at UCLA in art...
“ Viva

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Samira Makhmalbaf
Director, September 11
Samira Makhmalbaf Filmmaker Born on February 15,1980 in Tehran. At the age of eight, she played in "The Cyclist" directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf the celebrated Iranian filmmaker. At the age of 17, she directed her first feature titled "The Apple" and She went on to become the youngest director in the world participating in the official section of the 1998 Cannes Film Festival...
“ Sib (1998)
The Blackboard (2000)
At Five in the Afternoon (2003)

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Sanaa Hamri
Sanaa Hamri is a renowned film director from Tangier, Morocco. Her feature directorial debut was the romantic comedy Something New for Focus Features in 2006, followed by her second directorial effort, the sequel to the Warner Bros.' hit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, then onto the Fox Searchlight romantic comedy Just Wright...
“ Something New
Just Wright

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Lesli Linka Glatter
Director, Now and Then
Lesli Linka Glatter is a director of film, network, cable and premium cable television drama, with both pilots and episodes to her credit. Lesli's TV work includes Homeland, The Newsroom, The Walking Dead, Justified, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex, Nashville, Boss, True Blood...
“ Now and Then (1995)
The Proposition (1998)

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“ Lost and Delirious

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Nnegest Likké
Director, Phat Girlz
Nnegest Likké is an award winning, internationally-based filmmaker with a passion for telling unique and uplifting stories that inspire humanity. From humble beginnings, she grew up in the inner-city of Oakland, but got the rare chance to begin traveling the world at a young age with her mom, visiting countries across Europe and Africa where her father...
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Sarah Kernochan
Sarah Kernochan was born in New York City. Educated at Rosemary Hall and Sarah Lawrence, she achieved early success by winning the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, at age 27, for her film "Marjoe." Her next move was to record two RCA albums as a singer-songwriter. Two years later her novel "Dry Hustle" was published...
“ Strike
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“ La bûche
Jet Lag
Orchestra Seats
Le code a changé

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“ XXY (2007)
The Fish Child (2009)

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“ Testament (1983)

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Dorothy Arzner
Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood's studio system--from the 1920s to the early 1940s and the woman director with the largest oeuvre in Hollywood to this day--was born January 3, 1897 (some sources put the year as 1900), in San Francisco, California, to a German-American father and a Scottish mother...
“ (1922-1943)

Craig's Wife (1936)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Christopher Strong (1933)

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Farah Khan
Miscellaneous Crew, Om Shanti Om
“ Main Hoon Na
Om Shanti Om

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Nancy Savoca
Director 'Nancy Savoca' received critical acclaim for her first feature film, True Love which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1989 Sundance Film Festival and was hailed as one of the best films of the year by both Janet Maslin and Vincent Canby of the New York Times. Savoca was nominated for a Spirit Award as Best Director...
“ Dogfight (1991)
If These Walls Could Talk (TV 1996)

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“ The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

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Susan Stroman
Miscellaneous Crew, The Producers
Susan Stroman is the recipient of 5 Tony Awards, 2 Laurence Olivier Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, a record 5 Fred Astaire Awards, and the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theater. She directed and choreographed "The Producers"...
“ The Producers

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Julie Delpy
Actress, Before Sunset
Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors. She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Détective at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers, Killing Zoe...
“ The Countess

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The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops reinventing herself, Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold over three hundred million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn scathing or laughable reviews from film critics...
“ Filth and Wisdom

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Cate Shortland
Director, Lore
“ Somersault

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“ After. Life

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Stephanie Rothman
Writer/director Stephanie Rothman was one of the few female filmmakers who specialized in low-budget drive-in exploitation fare in the '60s and '70s. Her movies are distinguished by gutsy, strong-willed and sympathetic women main characters and a radical libertarian feminist point of view. Stephanie was born on November 9...
“ Blood Bath (1966)
The Velvet Vampire (1971)
Knuckle-Men (1973)
The Working Girls (1974)

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Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, German, and Northern Irish. Keaton studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York...
“ Unstrung Heros
Hanging Up

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Barbra Streisand
Actress, Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
“ The Prince of Tides
The Mirror Has Two Faces

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“ Oscar nominee for On the Ropes
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Helen Hunt
Actress, Mad About You
Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.
“ Then She Found Me

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Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas...
“ Bastard Out of Carolina

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“ mostly documentaries

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Patricia Cardoso
Patricia Cardoso was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the United States in 1987. She is an anthropologist and archaeologist and she received the first Fulbright scholarship in Colombia for film. She has an MFA in Film Directing from the University of California, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Universidad de los Andes...
“ Real Women Have Curves

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