13 Excellent Female Filmmakers To Keep In Mind

1) Kathryn Bigelow

K-Bigs is the big dog, the baddest bitch on the block right now, possibly the hottest director working today thanks to huge critical successes The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. After toiling in the genre picture circuit for years, with films like Near Dark and Point Break, she has emerged as one of few hands in the game right now who can simultaneously create perfect, enthralling action pieces and subtly reveal layers beneath the surface of complex characters. Some voices lamented the fact that her big breakthrough as a woman who directs, which led to her being the first woman to win the Oscar for directing, was a macho war thriller. Then she responded with a movie about a badass, determined CIA agent who found Osama Bin Laden and happened to be a woman. She hasn’t set out to make feminist cinema (not that it would be a bad thing if she had), but when you have more women involved as filmmakers you will inevitably have richer and greater quantities of heroines and anti-heroines.

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