In 1982, only TWO films directed by women were widely released in the US: Grease 2, and Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High. With its now-comedy classic status, it’s easy to forget Fast Times was a debut effort. When it comes to teen comedies, this was the blueprint.
We told y’all @ReginaKing was in good company—and this is only a small sampling from the list of women directors who came out swinging. As their successes open the door to more opportunities for women in film, we can’t wait to sit back and watch that list grow.
Remember the name Tayarisha Poe—you’ll be hearing big things from this one. @tayarisha’s stunning debut Selah and the Spades earned her critical acclaim and some pretty noteworthy fans. The film earned a spot on President Obama’s list of favorite films from 2020.
Sofia Coppola has so many signature stylings as a director that she’s practically her own film genre. With The Virgin Suicides, she burst onto the scene and introduced the world to one of her most enduring cinematic themes: the raw power young women possess and how they wield it.
After blessing us with Rihanna’s We Found Love video and Beyoncé’s world-stopping Lemonade, @melinamatsoukas gave us another cinematic feast for the eyes in Queen & Slim. The Tinder-match-turned-Bonnie-and-Clyde story is a triumph that sticks with you long after credits roll.
To portray the complex stories of community explored in Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Chloé Zhao spent time at Pine Ridge Reservation and cast non-professional actors. The result of telling this story on her terms? A grounded debut that brings decades of lived experience to screen
Imagine having such prodigious talent that your film teacher wants to produce your debut film. Now, imagine the teacher is Spike Lee. In Pariah, Dee Rees proved she has the goods. The film perfectly captures the experience of finding out who you are and choosing to run toward it.