MAKERS: A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act

Filmmakers whose work I'm experiencing during A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba (May 4, 2013 - May 3, 2014). Watching an equal number of films by women directors and men directors over the course of a year.... focused on films from 2003 forward. Every day I watch at least one feature and one short. Occasionally the filmmakers whose work I see are not listed in IMDb, so the don't show up here. Visit to follow along in more detail...
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Allen Hughes
Producer, From Hell
Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was broadcast on cable...
“ 02013.05.04: watched Broken City ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Sue Bourne
Producer, Jig
“ The Jig ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: The Piano Tuner ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ The Watch ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Blackthorn ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Jeff Nichols
Writer, Mud
“ Mud ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Penny Lane
Director, Nuts!
“ Short: The Voyagers. Short: How to Write an Autobiography. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Alice Sees the Light ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
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 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Forever's Gonna Start Tonight. It Felt Like Love. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Ken Loach
Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into the theater...
“ The Angels' Share, Looking for Eric ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Seeking a Friend for the End of the World ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ An Apology to Elephants ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Foreign Parts ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Foreign Parts ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ The Way Back ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Mohammad Gorjestani
Director, Sayeh
Mohammad Gorjestani is an Iranian-American Filmmaker based in San Francisco, CA. In 2013, he was named as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film for his ITVS commissioned film, REFUGE. Starring Nikohl Boosheri, REFUGE screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was an official selection for the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival...
“ Short: Refuge (2X). ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business. In 1978 they shot their first documentary...
“ The Kid with a Bike ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ The Kid with a Bike ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Sleepless. Feature: Home ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Kelly Reichardt
Director, Wendy and Lucy
Kelly Reichardt was born and raised in Miami-Dade Country, Florida, to a family of police officers. She had an interest in photography from a very young age. She started by using her father's camera, which he used for photographing crime scenes. She went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston...
“ Meek's Cutoff. Wendy and Lucy. Old Joy. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Mein 1. Film (1968) ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Luke Randall
Animation Department, Megamind
Luke Randall is an Australian writer, director and animator based in Los Angeles, California. His short films have won numerous film festival awards and struck a chord with audiences online. In addition he was nominated for Australia's highest honor in filmmaking an AFI award and has created animation for many of Dreamworks Animation's feature films.
“ Short: Reach ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Bye Bye Now ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Bye Bye Now ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek (2009). Mission Impossible III ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Guy Thys
Director, Thuis
“ Short: Tanghi Argentini ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ 35 Shots of Rum ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Somewhere Between ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: The Queen ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
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...
“ Take This Waltz. Stories We Tell. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Julia Pott
Writer, Belly
“ Short: The Event once online and once at IU Cinema ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Peeples ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Idiot with a Tripod ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Phie Ambo
Director, Family
Phie Ambo (born 1973) was trained at the National Film School of Denmark, graduating as a documentary film director in 2003. Famous for her feature length documentary films true to the tradition of poetic, personal and cinematic language, Ambo deals with essential topics such as family relations, love, creative processes and artificial life...
“ Gambler, Free the Mind ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Even Pigeons Go to Heaven ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Swimmer ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ The Source Family ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ The Source Family ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Stephanie Daley ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Kat Candler
Director, Hellion
“ Short: Love Bug ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Mira Nair
Director, Monsoon Wedding
Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay...
“ The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Amelia. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
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...
“ Even the Rain ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Jon Shenk
Camera and Electrical Department, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
“ The Campaign ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Justin Lin
Justin Lin is a Taiwanese American film director whose films have grossed $2 billion worldwide. He is best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious 3-6 and Star Trek Beyond. He is also known for his work on television shows like Community and the second season of True Detective...
“ Fast and Furious 6 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: There's a Flower in My Pedal, Tilting Quilting ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Tao Ruspoli
Director, Fix
Italian American documentary filmmaker, photographer and flamenco guitar player. Born in Thailand and raised in Rome and Los Angeles. Son of Dado Ruspoli and Debra Berger. B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Founder of The Los Angeles Filmmakers' Cooperative (LAFCO). Formerly married to actress Olivia Wilde. Based in Venice, California.
“ Short: Stone Fridge, Short: Burning Man 2008 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Andrew Niccol
New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show script, but Rudin was not willing to gamble on a rookie director...
“ Lord of War ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Alix Lambert
Alix Lambert's feature length documentary The Mark of Cain was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, received an honorable mention from the French Association of Journalism, and aired on Nightline. She went on to produce additional segments of Nightline as well as 7 segments for the PBS series LIFE 360...
“ Short: Shearwater: You As You Were. Bayou Blue. Short: Crime: Joe Loyola: The Beirut Bandit ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ The Nine Muses ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
David McMahon
Director, Skanks
“ Bayou Blue ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Simiente. Feature: The Towrope || La Sirga ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Something in the Air ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Planet of Snail ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Capturing Reality & Short: Source ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: A Short Story About Hands ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: A Long Cry Along with the Wind's ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Lost Persons Area ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Can and Slipper ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ The Woodmans ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Bruce Beresford
Bruce Beresford was born in Australia and graduated from Sydney University in 1962. He served as Film Officer for the British Film Institute Production Board from 1966-1971 and as a Film Advisor to the Arts Council of Great Britain. Beresford has also directed several operas including Girl Of The Golden West (Puccini)...
“ Mao's Last Dancer. The Contract. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Experiences for Sale // ZÁŽITKY NA PRODEJ ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Vincent Ward
Writer, Alien³
Vincent Ward has produced, executive produced and/or written and directed feature films including What Dreams May Come (Which won an Oscar and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards), The River Queen (Won best film in Shanghai) and The Last Samurai (4 Academy Award nominations and winner of Best Foreign Film in Japan) developing the underlying material he chose the director...
“ Rain of the Children ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Vanessa Gould
Camera and Electrical Department, Between the Folds
“ Between the Folds ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Shane Carruth
Composer, Primer
Writer-director Shane Carruth, a former software engineer, burst onto the independent movie scene with his extremely low-budget science-fiction film Primer in 2004. Carruth also played one of the two leads in the film and composed its music. "Primer" won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Award at the Sundance Film Festival...
“ Upstream Color ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Logoden ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Jean Fraysse
Director, Logoden
“ Short: Logoden ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Augustine ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Joanna Priestley
Producer, Voices
Joanna Priestley has directed, animated and produced an abstract animated feature, North of Blue, 27 award winning short films and an iOS app. Her work maintains a high level of porosity between serious exploration of boundaries and intuitive whimsy and she is dedicated to experimentation in technique...
“ Short: Kali Yuga ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
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...
“ One Day ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Carol Channing Larger Than Life. Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, actress, speaker, and advocate for women, girls, and their families. Newsom is the writer, director, and producer of the 2011 Sundance documentary film Miss Representation, which explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence...
“ Miss Representation ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Birds || Madarak ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ 7 Wonders of Bratislava ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: Fugue ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Hirokazu Koreeda
Director, Still Walking
Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Lessons from a Calf. His first feature, Maborosi, based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn from his own experiences while filming August Without Him...
“ Nobody Knows. Still Walking. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ The Beaches of Agnes. Short: Le Lion Volatil. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Kirby Dick
Kirby Dick is a two time Emmy-award winning and two-time Academy award-nominated documentary film director. His most recent film, The Hunting Ground, a monumental exposé about sexual assault on college campuses, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, was released by Radius/The Weinstein Company and CNN...
“ Outrage ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Steven Briand
Director, Shunpo
“ Short: Shunpo. Short: Frictions. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Brooklyn Castle ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Sergei Loznitsa
Director, My Joy
Sergei Loznitsa, Ukrainian film maker, was born on September, 5th 1964 in Baranovichi, USSR. He grew up in Kiev, and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 Sergei worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research...
“ Short: Letter || Pismo ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Noah Baumbach
Writer, Greenberg
Born in Brooklyn in 1969 Noah Baumbach is the son of two film critics, Georgia Brown and Jonathan Baumbach (also a writer). His studies at Vassar College were the subject of his first film (made as he was 26 years old), Kicking and Screaming. His second major picture, made ten years later, The Squid and the Whale was no less autobiographical but went back further in his personal history...
“ Frances Ha ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Richard Linklater
Director, Before Sunset
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period...
“ Before Midnight ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Dorothy Mills ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Juan Solanas
Writer, Upside Down
Born in Buenos Aires on November 4th 1966, Juan Diego Solanas is the son of one of Argentina's most important directors, Fernando E. Solanas. In 1977, he followed his father to France when the latter fled his country where dictatorship was rife. There, he studied art history and gave free rein to his passion: photography...
“ The Man Without a Head ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ Spartacus (1960) ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Vivere. The Look. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ The Story of Film: An Odyssey Episode 11, Episode 12, 13 ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Cathy Lee Crane
Cathy Lee Crane has been making narrative/documentary hybrid films on 16mm since 1994. She received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 for her lyrical re-combinations of archival and staged material. Her first feature Pasolini's Last Words (2012) was supported through grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film...
“ Short: For You: Experiment Underwater ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Short: DeepFlight Submersible - Searching for Whale Song (I think this is the same Graham Hawkes who made this GoPro short... but I'm winging it a bit). Credited with Lee Behel, who does not appear to be listed in IMDb. ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
“ Japanese Story ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ In the Land of Blood and Honey ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Ava DuVernay
Producer, 13th
A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which included My Mic Sounds Nice (2010) which aired on BET...
“ Short: The Door. PLUS Ava's coming to Indiana University Cinema in September so I'll get to see a lot more of her films with her present to talk with us about them. I'll share more about that exciting event then.

Short: Say Yes

Short: My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop

This is the Life

Venus Vs.

Middle of Nowhere

I Will Follow ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary
Ann Hui
Director, Tou ze
Born in China in 1947, Ann Hui moved to Hong Kong when whe was still in her youth. After graduating in English and Comparative Litereature from Hong Kong University, whe spent two years at London Film School. Returning to Hong Kong, she worked as an assistant to director King Hu before joining TVB to direct drama series and short documentaries...
“ A Simple Life. Short: My Way (Beautiful 2012). ” - Barbara Ann O'Leary