Directors for iCM Forum 2018by 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.
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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,...
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...
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).
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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.
69. Ulrike Ottinger
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.
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).
72. Martha Rosler
Director | Semiotics of the Kitchen
Martha Rosler is a director and actress, known for Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975), A Simple Case for Torture, or How to Sleep at Night (1983) and Seattle: Hidden Histories (1995).
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...