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.
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.
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, Cake, and Sundance sensation DOPE, we can’t wait to see what stories she adds to her impeccable style and slate.
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.
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.