MAKERS: A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Actby Barbara Ann O'Leary | created - 11 Jul 2013 | updated - 04 May 2014 | Public
Filmmakers whose work I'm experiencing during A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act #yfvba (May 4, 2013 - May 3, 2014). Watching an equal number of films by women directors and men directors over the course of a year.... focused on films from 2003 forward. Every day I watch at least one feature and one short. Occasionally the filmmakers whose work I see are not listed in IMDb, so the don't show up here. Visit http://olearysreellife.tumblr.com/ to follow along in more detail...
1. Allen Hughes
Director | The Book of Eli
Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was ...
02013.05.04: watched Broken City
3. Sue Bourne
Producer | Jig
Director | L'accordeur
Short: The Piano Tuner
Writer | Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Akiva Schaffer was born on December 1, 1977 in Berkeley, California, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Saturday Night Live (1975) and The Lego Movie (2014). He has been married to Liz Cackowski since 2010. They have two children.
Short: Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise
7. Mateo Gil
Writer | Agora
Mateo Gil was born on September 23, 1972 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain as Francisco Mateo Gil Rodríguez. He is a writer and director, known for Agora (2009), Open Your Eyes (1997) and The Sea Inside (2004).
8. Jeff Nichols
Writer | Take Shelter
9. Penny Lane
Director | Nuts!
Short: The Voyagers. Short: How to Write an Autobiography.
11. Helen Hunt
Actress | As Good as It Gets
Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.
Then She Found Me
12. Eliza Hittman
Director | Beach Rats
Short: Forever's Gonna Start Tonight. It Felt Like Love.
13. Ken Loach
Director | I, Daniel Blake
Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into...
The Angels' Share, Looking for Eric
14. Lorene Scafaria
Actress | Coherence
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
15. Amy Schatz
Producer | Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001
An Apology to Elephants
16. Verena Paravel
Director | Leviathan
18. Peter Weir
Peter Weir was born on August 21, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Peter Lindsay Weir. He is a director and writer, known for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Witness (1985) and The Truman Show (1998). He has been married to Wendy Stites since 1966. They have two...
The Way Back
Director | MissMe: The Artful Vandal
Mohammad Gorjestani is an Iranian-American Filmmaker based in San Francisco, CA. In 2013, he was named as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film for his ITVS commissioned film, REFUGE. Starring Nikohl Boosheri, REFUGE screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was an ...
Short: Refuge (2X).
Producer | Deux jours, une nuit
After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.
In 1978 ...
The Kid with a Bike
21. Luc Dardenne
Producer | Deux jours, une nuit
The Kid with a Bike
22. Ursula Meier
Director | L'enfant d'en haut
Short: Sleepless. Feature: Home
23. Kelly Reichardt
Director | Wendy and Lucy
Kelly Reichardt was born and raised in Miami-Dade Country, Florida, to a family of police officers. She had an interest in photography from a very young age. She started by using her father's camera, which he used for photographing crime scenes. She went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in ...
Meek's Cutoff. Wendy and Lucy. Old Joy.
Director | Menu total
Christoph Schlingensief was born on October 24, 1960 in Oberhausen, Germany as Christoph Maria Schlingensief. He was a director and actor, known for Menu total (1986), Mutters Maske (1988) and Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung (1986). He was married to Aino Laberenz. He died on August 21, 2010 in ...
Short: Mein 1. Film (1968)
25. Luke Randall
Animation_department | Reach
Luke Randall is an Australian writer, director and animator based in Los Angeles, California. His short films have won numerous film festival awards and struck a chord with audiences online.
In addition he was nominated for Australia's highest honor in filmmaking an AFI award and has created ...
28. J.J. Abrams
Producer | Lost
Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...
Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek (2009). Mission Impossible III
29. Guy Thys
Director | Tanghi argentini
Guy Thys is a director and actor, known for Tanghi argentini (2006), Spoed (2000) and The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films: Live Action (2008).
Short: Tanghi Argentini
30. Claire Denis
Director | Beau travail
35 Shots of Rum
Producer | Somewhere Between
33. Sarah Polley
Actress | Dawn of the Dead
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her ...
Take This Waltz. Stories We Tell.
34. Julia Pott
Writer | Belly
Short: The Event once online and once at IU Cinema
36. Jamie Stuart
Director | A Motion Selfie
Short: Idiot with a Tripod
37. Phie Ambo
Director | Så meget godt i vente
Phie Ambo (born 1973) was trained at the National Film School of Denmark, graduating as a documentary film director in 2003. Famous for her feature length documentary films true to the tradition of poetic, personal and cinematic language, Ambo deals with essential topics such as family relations, ...
Gambler, Free the Mind
39. Lynne Ramsay
Director | We Need to Talk About Kevin
Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), You Were Never Really Here (2017) and Morvern Callar (2002).
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
44. Kat Candler
Director | Hellion
Short: Love Bug
45. Mira Nair
Director | Salaam Bombay!
Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam ...
The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Amelia.
46. Icíar Bollaín
Director | Te doy mis ojos
Born in Madrid, Iciar Bollain has worked as an actress in films such El Sur (1983), directed by Víctor Erice; Sublet (1991) directed by Chus Gutiérrez, Malaventura (1988) directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón; El Mejor de los Tiempos (1990) and Un Paraguas para Tres (1992) directed by Felipe Vega, ...
Even the Rain
48. Jay Roach
Director | Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Jay Roach was born on June 14, 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA as Mathew Jay Roach. He is a producer and director, known for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Trumbo (2015) and Game Change (2012). He has been married to Susanna Hoffs since April 17, 1993. They have two ...
49. Justin Lin
Producer | Better Luck Tomorrow
Justin Lin is a Taiwanese American film director whose films have grossed $2 billion worldwide. He is best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious 3-6 and Star Trek Beyond. He is also known for his work on television shows like Community and the second season of True ...
Fast and Furious 6
50. Andrea Dorfman
Director | Parsley Days
Short: There's a Flower in My Pedal, Tilting Quilting
51. Tao Ruspoli
Director | Fix
Italian American documentary filmmaker, photographer and flamenco guitar player. Born in Thailand and raised in Rome and Los Angeles. Son of Dado Ruspoli and Debra Berger. B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Founder of The Los Angeles Filmmakers' Cooperative (LAFCO). ...
Short: Stone Fridge, Short: Burning Man 2008
52. Andrew Niccol
Writer | Gattaca
New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show (1998) script, but Rudin was not...
Lord of War
53. Alix Lambert
Producer | The Mark of Cain
Alix Lambert's feature length documentary The Mark of Cain was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, received an honorable mention from the French Association of Journalism, and aired on Nightline. She went on to produce additional segments of Nightline as well as 7 segments for the PBS series...
Short: Shearwater: You As You Were. Bayou Blue. Short: Crime: Joe Loyola: The Beirut Bandit
54. John Akomfrah
Director | The Nine Muses
The Nine Muses
56. William Vega
Director | La sirga
Short: Simiente. Feature: The Towrope || La Sirga
57. Olivier Assayas
Writer | Personal Shopper
Something in the Air
60. Jasmila Zbanic
Director | Grbavica
Jasmila Zbanic was born on December 19, 1974 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. She is a director and writer, known for Grbavica (2006), Na putu (2010) and For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (2013).
Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams
61. Casey Donahue
Director | Disconnected
Short: A Short Story About Hands
63. Caroline Strubbe
Director | Lost Persons Area
Lost Persons Area
Khavn was born on December 23, 1973 in the Philippines as Khavn Nicolas de la Cruz. He is a director and writer, known for Mondomanila: Kung paano ko inayos ang buhok ko matapos ang mahaba-haba ring paglalakbay (2010), EDSA XXX: Ganito kami noon, ganito pa rin kami ngayon (2012) and Iskwaterpangk (...
Short: Can and Slipper
65. Scott Willis
Producer | The Woodmans
66. Bruce Beresford
Director | 'Breaker' Morant
Bruce Beresford was born in Australia and graduated from Sydney University in 1962. He served as Film Officer for the British Film Institute Production Board from 1966-1971 and as a Film Advisor to the Arts Council of Great Britain. Beresford has also directed several operas including Girl Of The ...
Mao's Last Dancer. The Contract.
67. Tereza Reichová
Director | Manuál na výrobu teroristy
Short: Experiences for Sale // ZÁŽITKY NA PRODEJ
68. Vincent Ward
Director | The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey
Vincent Ward has produced, executive produced and/or written and directed feature films including What Dreams May Come (Which won an Oscar and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards), The River Queen (Won best film in Shanghai) and The Last Samurai (4 Academy Award nominations and winner of Best ...
Rain of the Children
69. Vanessa Gould
Camera_department | Between the Folds
Between the Folds
70. Shane Carruth
Composer | Upstream Color
Writer-director Shane Carruth, a former software engineer, burst onto the independent movie scene with his extremely low-budget science-fiction film Primer (2004) in 2004. Carruth also played one of the two leads in the film and composed its music. "Primer" won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P...
73. Alice Winocour
Writer | Mustang
74. Joanna Priestley
Producer | Voices
Joanna Priestley has directed, animated and produced an abstract animated feature, North of Blue, 27 award winning short films and an iOS app. Her work maintains a high level of porosity between serious exploration of boundaries and intuitive whimsy and she is dedicated to experimentation in ...
Short: Kali Yuga
75. Lone Scherfig
Director | An Education
Writer/director Lone Scherfig graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 1984. Her first feature film, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP (1990), was selected for Panorama in Berlin, the New Directors section at MOMA in New York and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. Her next film, ON OUR OWN (1998), ...
76. Dori Berinstein
Producer | Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love
Carol Channing Larger Than Life. Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love.
Producer | The Mask You Live In
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, actress, speaker, and advocate for women, girls, and their families.
Newsom is the writer, director, and producer of the 2011 Sundance documentary film Miss Representation (2011), which explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the ...
78. András Szirtes
Director | Lenz
Short: Birds || Madarak
80. Gyula Nemes
Director | Zero
81. Hirokazu Koreeda
Director | Dare mo shiranai
Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Mou hitotsu no kyouiku - Ina shogakkou haru gumi no kiroku (1991). His first feature, Maborosi (1995), ...
Nobody Knows. Still Walking.
82. Agnès Varda
Director | Sans toit ni loi
Agnès Varda was born on May 30, 1928 in Brussels, Belgium as Arlette Varda. She is a director and writer, known for Vagabond (1985), Le Bonheur (1965) and Les plages d'Agnès (2008). She was previously married to Jacques Demy.
The Beaches of Agnes. Short: Le Lion Volatil.
83. Kirby Dick
Director | The Invisible War
Kirby Dick is a two time Emmy-award winning and two-time Academy award-nominated documentary film director. His most recent film, The Hunting Ground (2015), a monumental exposé about sexual assault on college campuses, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, was released by Radius/The ...
Producer | Brooklyn Castle
86. Sergei Loznitsa
Director | Schaste moe
Sergei Loznitsa, Ukrainian film maker, was born on September, 5th 1964 in Baranovichi, USSR. He grew up in Kiev, and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 Sergei worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in ...
Short: Letter || Pismo
Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind
88. Noah Baumbach
Writer | The Squid and the Whale
Born in Brooklyn in 1969 Noah Baumbach is the son of two film critics, Georgia Brown and Jonathan Baumbach (also a writer). His studies at Vassar College were the subject of his first film (made as he was 26 years old), Kicking and Screaming (1995). His second major picture, made ten years later, ...
Director | Waking Life
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. ...
91. Juan Solanas
Writer | L'homme sans tête
Born in Buenos Aires on November 4th 1966, Juan Diego Solanas is the son of one of Argentina's most important directors, Fernando E. Solanas. In 1977, he followed his father to France when the latter fled his country where dictatorship was rife. There, he studied art history and gave free rein to ...
The Man Without a Head
92. Stanley Kubrick
Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...
Writer | Fremde Haut
Vivere. The Look.
94. Mark Cousins
Director | I Am Belfast
The Story of Film: An Odyssey Episode 11, Episode 12, 13
95. Cathy Lee Crane
Director | The Manhattan Front
Cathy Lee Crane has been making narrative/documentary hybrid films on 16mm since 1994. She received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 for her lyrical re-combinations of archival and staged material. Her first feature Pasolini's Last Words (2012) was supported through grants from the New York State ...
Short: For You: Experiment Underwater
96. Graham Hawkes
Actor | For Your Eyes Only
Short: DeepFlight Submersible - Searching for Whale Song (I think this is the same Graham Hawkes who made this GoPro short... but I'm winging it a bit). Credited with Lee Behel, who does not appear to be listed in IMDb.
97. Sue Brooks
Director | Japanese Story
98. Angelina Jolie
Actress | Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international ...
In the Land of Blood and Honey
99. Ava DuVernay
Producer | Selma
A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...
Short: The Door. PLUS Ava's coming to Indiana University Cinema in September so I'll get to see a lot more of her films with her present to talk with us about them. I'll share more about that exciting event then.
Short: Say Yes
Short: My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop
This is the Life
Middle of Nowhere
I Will Follow
100. Ann Hui
Director | Nu ren si shi
Born in China in 1947, Ann Hui moved to Hong Kong when whe was still in her youth. After graduating in English and Comparative Litereature from Hong Kong University, whe spent two years at London Film School. Returning to Hong Kong, she worked as an assistant to director King Hu before joining TVB ...
A Simple Life. Short: My Way (Beautiful 2012).