MAKERS: A Yearlong Film Viewing Balancing Act

by 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

2. Kazik Radwanski

Director | Princess Margaret Blvd.

Kazik Radwanski is a director and writer, known for Princess Margaret Blvd. (2008), Out in That Deep Blue Sea (2009) and Green Crayons (2010).

3. Sue Bourne

Producer | Jig

Sue Bourne is a producer and director, known for Jig (2011), The Age of Loneliness (2016) and One Life (2003).

The Jig

4. Olivier Treiner

Director | L'accordeur

Olivier Treiner is a director and actor, known for L'accordeur (2010), Crassus (2007) and Nameless Lands (2016).

Short: The Piano Tuner

5. Akiva Schaffer

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.

The Watch

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).

Blackthorn

8. Jeff Nichols

Writer | Take Shelter

Jeff Nichols was born on December 7, 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Take Shelter (2011), Midnight Special (2016) and Mud (2012).

Mud

9. Penny Lane

Director | Nuts!

Penny Lane is a director and producer, known for Nuts! (2016), Our Nixon (2013) and The Voyagers (2010).

Short: The Voyagers. Short: How to Write an Autobiography.

Short: Alice Sees the Light

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

Eliza Hittman is a director and producer, known for Beach Rats (2017) and It Felt Like Love (2013).

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

Lorene Scafaria is a writer and actress, known for Coherence (2013), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and The Meddler (2015).

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

15. Amy Schatz

Producer | Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001

Amy Schatz is a producer and director, known for Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 (2002), An Apology to Elephants (2013) and 'Twas the Night (2002).

An Apology to Elephants

16. Verena Paravel

Director | Leviathan

Verena Paravel is a director and producer, known for Leviathan (2012), Foreign Parts (2010) and Caniba (2017).

Foreign Parts

17. J.P. Sniadecki

Cinematographer | El mar la mar

Foreign Parts

18. Peter Weir

Director | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

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

19. Mohammad Gorjestani

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).

20. Jean-Pierre Dardenne

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

Luc Dardenne was born on March 10, 1954 in Awirs, Wallonia, Belgium. He is a producer and director, known for Two Days, One Night (2014), Le silence de Lorna (2008) and La Promesse (1996).

The Kid with a Bike

22. Ursula Meier

Director | L'enfant d'en haut

Ursula Meier was born on June 24, 1971 in Besançon, Doubs, France. She is a director and writer, known for L'enfant d'en haut (2012), Home (2008) and Tous à table (2001).

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.

24. Christoph Schlingensief

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 ...

Short: Reach

Short: Bye Bye Now

Short: Bye Bye Now

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

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for Beau travail (1999), 35 Shots of Rum (2008) and Nenette and Boni (1996).

35 Shots of Rum

31. Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Producer | Somewhere Between

Linda Goldstein Knowlton is a producer and director, known for Somewhere Between (2011), The Shipping News (2001) and Whale Rider (2002).

Somewhere Between

Short: The Queen

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

Julia Pott is a writer and director, known for Belly (2011), Summer Camp Island (2016) and World of Tomorrow (2015).

Short: The Event once online and once at IU Cinema

36. Jamie Stuart

Director | A Motion Selfie

Jamie Stuart is a director and editor, known for A Motion Selfie (2017) and Idiot with a Tripod (2010).

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

Short: Even Pigeons Go to Heaven

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).

Short: Swimmer

The Source Family

The Source Family

Stephanie Daley

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

44. Kat Candler

Director | Hellion

Kat Candler was born on November 11, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is a producer and director, known for Hellion (2014), Queen Sugar (2016) and Black Metal (2013).

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 ...

The Campaign

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

Andrea Dorfman was born on October 29, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a director and writer, known for Parsley Days (2000), There's a Flower in My Pedal (2004) and Swerve (1998).

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

John Akomfrah was born in 1957 in London, England. He is a director and writer, known for The Nine Muses (2010), Riot (1999) and Speak Like a Child (1998).

The Nine Muses

Bayou Blue

56. William Vega

Director | La sirga

William Vega is a director and writer, known for La sirga (2012), Epifanía (2016) and Simiente (2010).

Short: Simiente. Feature: The Towrope || La Sirga

57. Olivier Assayas

Writer | Personal Shopper

Olivier Assayas was born on January 25, 1955 in Paris, France. He is a writer and director, known for Personal Shopper (2016), Something in the Air (2012) and Demonlover (2002).

Something in the Air

Planet of Snail

Capturing Reality & Short: Source

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

Casey Donahue is a director and writer, known for Disconnected (2015), Then The Letting Go (2015) and On Home to Me (2014).

Short: A Short Story About Hands

Short: A Long Cry Along with the Wind's

63. Caroline Strubbe

Director | Lost Persons Area

Caroline Strubbe is a director and writer, known for Lost Persons Area (2009), I'm the Same, I'm an Other (2013) and Une mouche dans la salade (1988).

Lost Persons Area

Short: Can and Slipper

65. Scott Willis

Producer | The Woodmans

Scott Willis is a producer and director, known for The Woodmans (2010), Independent Lens (1999) and Battle Plan Under Fire (2004).

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

Tereza Reichová is a director and writer, known for Manuál na výrobu teroristy (2010), Kruh - portrét demonstrace (2009) and Zázitky na prodej (2008).

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

Vanessa Gould was born on January 30, 1974 in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA. She is known for her work on Between the Folds (2008), Obit. (2016) and Independent Lens (1999).

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...

Upstream Color

Short: Logoden

Short: Logoden

73. Alice Winocour

Writer | Mustang

Alice Winocour was born on January 13, 1976 in Paris, France. She is a writer and director, known for Mustang (2015), Maryland (2015) and Augustine (2012).

Augustine

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), ...

One Day

Carol Channing Larger Than Life. Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love.

77. Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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 ...

Miss Representation

78. András Szirtes

Director | Lenz

András Szirtes was born on July 6, 1951 in Budapest, Hungary. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Lenz (1987), Forradalom után (1990) and Sade márki élete (1993).

Short: Birds || Madarak

7 Wonders of Bratislava

80. Gyula Nemes

Director | Zero

Gyula Nemes was born in 1974 in Vác, Hungary. He is a director and writer, known for Zero (2015), Letünt világ (2008) and Negatív magyar filmtörténet (2010).

Short: Fugue

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 ...

Outrage

Short: Shunpo. Short: Frictions.

85. Katie Dellamaggiore

Producer | Brooklyn Castle

Katie Dellamaggiore is a producer and director, known for Brooklyn Castle (2012), P.O.V. (1988) and After the Storm (2009).

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, ...

Frances Ha

89. Richard Linklater

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. ...

Before Midnight

Dorothy Mills

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 ...

Spartacus (1960)

93. Angelina Maccarone

Writer | Fremde Haut

Angelina Maccarone was born on August 21, 1965 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. She is a writer and director, known for Unveiled (2005), Alles wird gut (1998) and Verfolgt (2006).

Vivere. The Look.

94. Mark Cousins

Director | I Am Belfast

Mark Cousins was born on May 3, 1965 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a director and writer, known for I Am Belfast (2015), The First Movie (2009) and What Is This Film Called Love? (2012).

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

Graham Hawkes was born on December 23, 1947. He is known for his work on For Your Eyes Only (1981), Naked Science (2004) and Happening Now (2007).

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

Sue Brooks was born on May 1, 1953 in Pyramid Hill, Victoria, Australia. She is a director and producer, known for Japanese Story (2003), Looking for Grace (2015) and An Ordinary Woman (1988).

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

Venus Vs.

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).