Directors for iCM Forum 2018

by MarcusCinemus | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Women who have all made films I find interesting. Top 20 ranked, the rest unranked.

1. Marguerite Duras

Writer | Le camion

Ms. Duras was born in southern Vietnam and lost her father at age 4. The family savings of 20 years bought the family a small plot in Cambodia, but everything was lost in a single season's flooding. The disaster killed her mother as a result. After high school in Saigon, Ms. Duras left Indochina to...

2. Rose Lowder

Director | Bouquets 11-20

Rose Lowder is a director and editor, known for Bouquets 11-20 (2011), Bouquets 1-10 (1995) and Couleurs mécaniques (1979).

3. Danièle Huillet

Director | Sicilia!

Danièle Huillet was born on May 1, 1936 in Paris, France. She was a director and editor, known for Sicilia! (1999), Klassenverhältnisse (1984) and Der Tod des Empedokles oder: Wenn dann der Erde Grün von neuem Euch erglänzt (1987). She was married to Jean-Marie Straub. She died on ...

5. Raymonde Carasco

Director | Artaud et les Tarahumaras

Raymonde Carasco is a director and writer, known for Artaud et les Tarahumaras (1996), Tarahumaras 2003, La Fêlure du temps (2003) and Yumari: Tarahumaras 84 (1985).

6. Marie Menken

Actress | The Life of Juanita Castro

Marie Menken was born on May 25, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA as Marie Menkevicius. She was a director and cinematographer, known for The Life of Juanita Castro (1965), The Gravediggers from Guadix (1960) and Chelsea Girls (1966). She was married to Willard Maas. She died on December 29, ...

7. Maya Deren

Director | Meshes of the Afternoon

Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an artist, she fled the pogroms against Russian Jews. She studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her BA at NYU in June 1936 and ...

8. Chantal Akerman

Director | Un divan à New York

Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Un divan à New York (1996), Je, tu, il, elle (1974) and The Meetings of Anna (1978). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5, 2015 in Paris,...

9. Germaine Dulac

Director | La souriante Madame Beudet

The daughter of a cavalry captain, she was raised by a grandmother in Paris, where she studied various forms of art with an emphasis on music and the opera. In 1905 she married engineer-novelist Marie-Louis Albert-Dulac and under his influence veered toward journalism. As one of the leading radical...

10. Dore O.

Director | Kaskara

Dore O. was born on August 9, 1946 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany as Dore Oberloskamp. She is a director and actress, known for Kaskara (1974), Blonde Barbarei (1972) and Alaska (1969). She was previously married to Werner Nekes.

11. Margaret Tait

Director | Where I Am Is Here

Margaret Tait was born on November 11, 1918 in Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland. She was a director and writer, known for Where I Am Is Here (1964), Blue Black Permanent (1992) and Rose Street (1956). She was married to Alex Pine. She died on April 16, 1999 in Firth, Orkney.

12. Gunvor Nelson

Director | Field Study #2

Gunvor Eleonora Grundel Nelson, born in Stockholm, Sweden, is director, cinematographer and editor of avant-garde film. She studied at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts & Design and after moving to California, USA, art and art history. Gunvor met her future husband Robert Nelson at ...

13. Birgit Hein

Director | Die unheimlichen Frauen

Birgit Hein was born on August 6, 1942 in Berlin, Germany. She is a director and writer, known for Die unheimlichen Frauen (1992), Baby, I Will Make You Sweat (1995) and La moderna poesia (2000). She has been married to Hein, Wilhelm since 1964. They have one child.

14. Martine Rousset

Director | Chants

Martine Rousset is a director and cinematographer, known for Chants (1996), Mer (2003) and Urgent ou À quoi bon exécuter des projets puisque le projet est en lui-même une jouissance suffisante (1977).

15. Janie Geiser

Director | Kriminalistik

Janie Geiser was born in 1957 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. She is a director and cinematographer, known for Kriminalistik (2013), Immer zu (1997) and Ghost Algebra (2010). She is married to Lewis Klahr.

17. Sharon Lockhart

Director | Double Tide

Sharon Lockhart was born on June 5, 1964 in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Double Tide (2009), Pine Flat (2006) and Lunch Break (2008).

18. Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof

Director | Song of the Firefly

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof is a director and editor, known for Song of the Firefly (2002), Fugitive L(i)ght (2005) and Light Magic (2001).

19. Doris Wishman

Director | Satan Was a Lady

Doris Wishman was born on June 1, 1912 in New York City, New York, USA. She was a director and producer, known for Satan Was a Lady (2001), Diary of a Nudist (1961) and Nude on the Moon (1961). She was married to Lou and Jack Abrahms. She died on August 10, 2002 in Miami, Florida, USA.

21. Babette Mangolte

Cinematographer | The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be Careful)

Babette Mangolte is a cinematographer and director, known for The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be Careful) (1980), The Camera: Je or La Camera: I (1977) and Four Pieces by Morris (1993).

22. Peggy Ahwesh

Creepshow

Peggy Ahwesh was born in 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and cinematographer, known for Creepshow (1982), Strange Weather (1993) and The Scary Movie (1993).

23. Minna Parkkinen

Director | Circle

Minna Parkkinen is known for her work on Circle (2011), Dive (2001) and Aamu-TV (1997).

24. Roberta Findlay

Cinematographer | The Altar of Lust

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 ...

25. Carolee Schneemann

Director | Infinity Kisses: The Movie

Carolee Schneemann was born in 1939 in Fox Chase, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and actress, known for Infinity Kisses: The Movie (2009), Fuses (1967) and Meat Joy (1964).

26. Barbara Hammer

Director | Generations

A loud and constantly innovative voice in independent film, Barbara Hammer was born in 1939 in California. From a young age, she was encouraged to be pretty and feminine, her mother constantly forcing the images of child actors like Shirley Temple on her daughter. Her grandmother, a Ukrainian ...

27. Barbara Meter

Director | Laura

Barbara Meter was born in 1939. She is a director and writer, known for Laura (1994), Whether or Not You Believe (2007) and In het voorbijgaan (1985).

28. Márta Mészáros

Director | Örökbefogadás

Márta Mészáros was born on September 19, 1931 in Budapest, Hungary. She is a director and writer, known for Adoption (1975), Diary for My Children (1984) and Utolsó jelentés Annáról (2009). She was previously married to Miklós Jancsó and Laszlo Karda.

29. Joyce Wieland

Director | The Far Shore

Joyce Wieland was born on June 30, 1931 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was a director and editor, known for The Far Shore (1976), Sailboat (1967) and Wavelength (1967). She was married to Michael Snow. She died on June 27, 1998 in Toronto.

31. Marjorie Keller

Director | Misconception

Marjorie Keller is a director and cinematographer, known for Misconception (1977), Ancient Parts/Foreign Parts (1979) and The Fallen World (1983).

33. Su Friedrich

Director | Hide and Seek

Su Friedrich is a director and editor, known for Hide and Seek (1997), Sink or Swim (1990) and Gut Renovation (2012).

34. Yvonne Rainer

Director | Privilege

Yvonne Rainer was born on November 24, 1934 in San Francisco, California, USA. She is a director and editor, known for Privilege (1990), MURDER and murder (1996) and Journeys from Berlin/1971 (1980).

35. Nina Menkes

Director | Phantom Love

Called "Brilliant, one of the most provocative artists in film today" by The Los Angeles Times, Nina Menkes synthesizes inner dream-worlds with harsh, outer realities. Her eight films (six full-length features) are a body of work Sight and Sound has called "Controversial, intense and visually ...

36. Maria Klonaris

Director | Selva. Un portrait de Parvaneh Navaï

Maria Klonaris was born in 1950 in Cairo, Egypt. She was a director and editor, known for Selva. Un portrait de Parvaneh Navaï (1983) and L'enfant qui a pissé des paillettes (1977). She died on January 13, 2014 in Paris, France.

37. Tacita Dean

Director | Event for a Stage

Tacita Dean was born as Tacita Charlotte Dean. She is a director and editor, known for Event for a Stage (2015), Craneway Event (2009) and The Green Ray (2001).

38. Narcisa Hirsch

Director | Ana, ¿dónde estás?

Narcisa Hirsch is a director and writer, known for Ana, ¿dónde estás? (1985), Inscripciones (2016) and La pasión según San Juan (1993).

39. Mary Beth Reed

Producer | Moon Streams

Mary Beth Reed was born on November 2, 1968 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a producer and director, known for Moon Streams (2000), Floating Under a Honey Tree (1999) and Jakob (1998).

42. Larisa Shepitko

Director | Voskhozhdenie

Larisa Shepitko was born on January 6, 1938 in Artyomovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Larisa Yefimovna Shepitko. She was a director and writer, known for The Ascent (1977), Znoy (1963) and Ty i ya (1971). She was married to Elem Klimov. She died on July 2, 1979.

45. Mai Zetterling

Actress | The Witches

Mai Zetterling was born in Sweden in 1925, and lived briefly in Australia while still a child. She's known as a director and actor and trained on the Stockholm repertory stage, she began appearing in war-era films starting in her teens. Following her debut in Lasse Maja (1941), she made quite an ...

46. Deborah Stratman

Director | The Illinois Parables

Deborah Stratman is a director and editor, known for The Illinois Parables (2016), Hacked Circuit (2014) and O'er the Land (2009).

48. Lizzie Borden

Director | Born in Flames

Lizzie Borden was born on February 3, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Linda Elizabeth Borden. She is a director and writer, known for Born in Flames (1983), Working Girls (1986) and To Die Quietly (1997).

49. Sarah Pucill

Director | Confessions to the Mirror

Sarah Pucill is a director and editor, known for Confessions to the Mirror (2016), Swollen Stigma (1998) and Phantom Rhapsody (2010).

52. Shirley Clarke

Director | The Cool World

Shirley Clarke was born on October 2, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA as Shirley Brimberg. She was a director and editor, known for The Cool World (1963), Skyscraper (1960) and The Connection (1961). She was married to Bert Clarke. She died on September 23, 1997.

53. Vera Chytilová

Director | Dedictví aneb Kurvahosigutntag

Vera Chytilová was born on February 2, 1929, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). She studied philosophy and architecture in Brno for two years, then worked as a technical draftsman, a designer, a fashion model, a photo re-toucher, then worked as a clapper girl for Barrandov Film ...

54. Claire Denis

Director | 35 rhums

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for 35 Shots of Rum (2008), Beau travail (1999) and High Life (2018).

55. Shirin Neshat

Director | Zanan-e bedun-e mardan

Shirin Neshat was born on March 26, 1957 in Ghazvin, Iran. She is a director and actress, known for Zanan-e bedun-e mardan (2009), Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017) and Rapture (1999).

57. Leni Riefenstahl

Actress | Das blaue Licht

Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With...

58. Amy Greenfield

Director | Antigone/Rites of Passion

Amy Greenfield was born on July 8, 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is a director and editor, known for Antigone/Rites of Passion (1990), Tides (1982) and Transport (1970).

59. Linda Christanell

Director | Moving Picture

Born in 1939. Studied painting. Has worked with installations, performances, photography and film. Member of the Austria Filmmakers Cooperative and the Grazer Autorenversammlung (Graz Authors' Association). In 1993 lectures at the Zürich Film Academy.

60. Jeanne Liotta

Director | Crosswalk

Jeanne Liotta is a director and cinematographer, known for Crosswalk (2010) and The Wayward Syllabus (2005).

61. 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, ...

62. Sofia Coppola

Director | Lost in Translation

Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...

64. Lotte Reiniger

Director | Silhouetten

Lotte Reiniger was born on June 2, 1899 in Berlin, Germany as Charlotte Reiniger. She is known for her work on Silhouetten (1936), Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926) and Here and There (1949). She was married to Carl Koch. She died on June 19, 1981 in Dettenhausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

65. Maria Lease

Better Off Dead...

Maria Lease is known for her work on Better Off Dead... (1985).

66. Jennifer Todd Reeves

Director | The Time We Killed

Jennifer Todd Reeves was born in 1971 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and editor, known for The Time We Killed (2004), Chronic (1997) and Darling International (2000). She has been married to William Wu since 2006.

67. Valie Export

Director | Die Praxis der Liebe

Valie Export was born on May 17, 1940 in Linz, Upper Austria, Austria as Waltraud Lehner. She is a director and producer, known for Die Praxis der Liebe (1985), Unsichtbare Gegner (1977) and I Turn Over the Pictures of My Voice in My Head (2009).

69. Ulrike Ottinger

Director | China. Die Künste - der Alltag. Eine filmische Reisebeschreibung

Director. Writer. Has studied arts in Munich, Germany. Worked as a painter and photographer in Paris, France. Has staged several plays of Elfriede Jelinek in Graz, Austria.

70. Lis Rhodes

Director | Pictures on Pink Paper

Lis Rhodes is a director and writer, known for Pictures on Pink Paper (1982), Light Reading (1978) and Cold Draft (1988).

71. Pipilotti Rist

Director | Pepperminta

Pipilotti Rist was born on June 21, 1962 in Rheintal, Switzerland. She is a director and writer, known for Pepperminta (2009), Als der Bruder meiner Mutter geboren wurde, duftete es nach wilden Birnenblüten vor dem braungebrannten Sims (1992) and I'm Not the Girl Who Misses Much (1986).

74. Jane Campion

Writer | The Piano

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...

75. Gariné Torossian

Director | Babies on the Sun

Gariné Torossian is a director and producer, known for Babies on the Sun (2002), Stone Time Touch (2007) and Sparklehorse (2000).

76. Svetlana

Director | The Pink Lagoon: A Sex Romp in Paradise

Svetlana is a director and producer.

77. Lina Wertmüller

Writer | Pasqualino Settebellezze

Lina Wertmüller was born on August 14, 1928 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spañol von Braueich. She is a writer and director, known for Seven Beauties (1975), The Basilisks (1963) and Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto (1974). She was ...

79. Isabelle Clarke

Director | Apocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale

Isabelle Clarke is a director and writer, known for Apocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale (2014), Amour et Sexe sous l'Occupation (2011) and Les Ailes des Héros (2003).

80. Amanda Dawn Christie

Director | Spectres of Shortwave

Since 1999 Amanda Dawn Christie has created dozens of experimental films, videos, expanded cinema performances, and installations, that have been presented around the world. She works with 35mm, 16mm, and super 8 film as well as analogue video, digital media, photography, installation art, sound ...

81. Masha Godovannaya

Director | Along with the Phoenix

Masha Godovannaya is a director and cinematographer, known for Along with the Phoenix (2008), Another Place and Yet the Same (2005) and A Jazz Story (1999).

82. Emily Richardson

Director | Cobra Mist

Emily Richardson is a director, known for Cobra Mist (2009), Memo Mori (2010) and Redshift (2001).

83. T. Minh-ha Trinh

Director | Naked Spaces: Living Is Round

T. Minh-ha Trinh is a director and writer, known for Naked Spaces: Living Is Round (1985), Shoot for the Contents (1992) and Night Passage (2004).

84. M.M. Serra

Director | Darling International

M.M. Serra is an experimental filmmaker, curator, author, and the Executive Director of Film-Makers' Cooperative, the world's oldest and largest archive of independent media.

In June 2012, Serra had a retrospective of her films at Anthology Film Archives called Art(Core): Avant-Garde and the ...

86. Ana Vaz

Director | Há terra!

Ana Vaz is a director and editor, known for Há terra! (2016), Occidente (2015) and A Idade da Pedra (2013).

88. Jodie Mack

Director | The Grand Bizarre

Jodie Mack is a director and editor, known for The Grand Bizarre (2018), Persian Pickles (2012) and Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project (2013).

90. Alice Guy

Director | Shadows of the Moulin Rouge

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 ...

92. Barbara Rubin

Actress | Satisfaction

In 1965, Barbara Rubin was living in New York as an underground filmmaker. It was around this time period that Rubin -- a part-time art groupie -- became entranced by an up-and-coming band going by the name of The Velvet Underground. Andy Warhol, at the time, was looking for a band to manage and ...

93. Sheila McLaughlin

Actress | Committed

Sheila McLaughlin is an actress and director, known for Committed (1985), Born in Flames (1983) and She Must Be Seeing Things (1987).

94. Abigail Child

Director | Vis-à-vis

Abigail Child is a director and producer, known for Vis-à-vis (2013), Fucking Different New York (2007) and Salomé (2015).

95. Alina Marazzi

Director | Tutto parla di te

Alina Marazzi was born on November 5, 1964 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for Tutto parla di te (2012), Vogliamo anche le rose (2007) and Can't Remember Friday (1987).

96. Naomi Kawase

Director | An

Naomi Kawase was born on May 30, 1969 in Nara, Japan. She is a director and writer, known for Sweet Bean (2015), Futatsume no mado (2014) and Moe no suzaku (1997). She was previously married to Takenori Sentô.

98. Safi Faye

Director | Mossane

Safi Faye was born on November 22, 1943 in Dakar, Senegal. She is a director and actress, known for Mossane (1996), Kaddu Beykat (1976) and Fad'jal (1979).

99. 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 ...



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