Sheroes of the Reel World

In honor of National Women’s Day this month we wanted to elongate the celebrations by commemorating the lovely ladies of the reel world we live in and all the phenomenal stories they have told. Here are just a few of the talented women that continuously fuel our creativity fire.

Source: Indiewire
Source: Indiewire
Reed Morano
Reed has made her name known as a Cinematographer in The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings and HBO’s new series Vinyl. She’s also had her fair share of experience with independent filmmakers such as; Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station and Rob Reiner with And So It Goes. This last year she has taken on the role as director while also maintaining her signature position as cinematographer; in Meadowland. It’s been a pleasure to watch her mesmerizing transition from director of photography to director and we look forward to seeing her next dual role.
Source: The Desert Sun
Source: The Desert Sun
Mya Taylor
Just last year Mya became the muse and main subject of Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch’s Tangerine and has been awarded Best Supporting Female at the Spirit Awards last month. We love her because she brought a unique and intimate look, feel and dialogue to shape the story, which we will forever cherish and make a holiday movie classic.
Source: BAFTA
Source: BAFTA
Stephanie Laing
 As a natural-born producer Stephanie started out growing her experience from the Tracey Ullman Show to Banshee and graduated to working as a producer and director for the Emmy-Winning show Veep. She hasn’t stopped there, this year she has executively produced two new series on HBO, Pypo and Vice Principals‘. In addition, to producing and directing Emmy-Winning content she also manages her blog ‘Put Your Pretty On’.
Source: Noticias Iruya
Source: Noticias Iruya
Lucrecia Martel
One woman in film; who is worship-worthy has our Producer Corey swooning over Argentine auteur and worldwide filmmaking icon, Lucrecia Martel. All three of her films to date are relentlessly original and awe-inspiring. Lucrecia has a tool belt of short films and award-winning features which she plans on expanding with her feature currently in production Zamaadapted by Argentinian novel.
Source: Filmmaker Magazine
Source: Filmmaker Magazine

Ana Lily Amirpour

Among the buffet of short films that Ana has written, directed and produced she developed her first feature from her ‘Iranian spaghetti-western’, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and we loved it! She had just hooked on the slithering anti-hero in her debut feature and we are still on the edge of our seats patiently waiting for what comes next from this badass filmmaker.

 

Source: Glamour
Source: Glamour

Rachel Morrison 

Our founder Erin Galey met Rachel Morrison in 2007 on a show called Maui Fever the two NYU Tisch School of Arts Alumni work alongside each other and Erin has cherished the experience since. At the time, Rachel was working with fellow AFI grads, Jen Lane (director) and Abby Linne (camera operator), and Erin had the privilege of observing some of their meetings, as she was highly interested in cinematography at the time. Rachel, Jen, and Abby were kind enough to allow Erin to be their pupil as they implanted their expertise on her. Since working together Rachel’s career has skyrocketed from working on Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, Cakeand Sundance sensation DOPEwe can’t wait to see what stories she adds to her impeccable style and slate.

 

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Deniz Gamze Erguven

Last year we fell in love with Deniz’s directorial debut Mustang, a story about five orphan sisters who face more than the loss of their parents. Thanks to her unique style of storytelling Mustang gives an intensely in-depth look at the tribulations of growing pains from girl to woman in Northern Turkey facing suffocatingly strong cultural values. We are immensely impressed and inspired by Deniz’s Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated first brainchild and we’re anxiously waiting for what story she tells next.

 

Source: HollyWomen
Source: HollyWomen

Ava DuVernay

Ava is more than just a filmmaker, writer, producer, publicist, she’s also a doll, literally. Thanks to Mattel’s ‘Shero’ Edition of dolls little girls, and anyone who was fast enough to buy an Ava doll before they sold out, will have a cherished keepsake of this phenomenal woman. We’re admirers of Ava’s stories and path; to filmmaking from starting out as a publicity unit to films and working her way to crafting her own forte of filmmaking. Our favorites include Middle of Nowhere, Selma, and we can’t wait to get our eyes on her upcoming television series Queen Sugar co-created with Oprah Winfrey.