Women Filmmakers

Women Filmmakers

Women Filmmakers
  • The Beaches of Agnès
    Movie + 5 extras

    The Beaches of Agnès

    Movie + 5 extras

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 2008 • France
    Starring Agnès Varda

    “If we opened people up, we’d find landscapes. If we opened me up, we’d find beaches.” Originally intended to be Agnès Varda’s farewell to filmmaking, this enchanting auto-portrait, made in her eightieth year, is a freewheeling journey...

  • Stop-Motion Shorts by Niki Lindroth von Bahr

    1 season

    Forlorn fish express their alienation through song, a pair of pigeons visit a zoo without animals, and a lonely fox has an enigmatic encounter with the new rabbit next door—welcome to the startlingly surreal, delicately bittersweet world of Swedish stop-motion animator Niki Lindroth von Bahr, who...

  • The Gold Diggers


    Directed by Sally Potter • 1983 • United Kingdom
    Starring Julie Christie, Colette Laffont, Hilary Westlake

    Made with an all-woman crew, Sally Potter’s bold feature debut is a surrealist science-fiction musical that explores the link between female cinematic representation and capitalist exploita...

  • Four Films by Janicza Bravo

    1 season

    The director of the audacious festival hit LEMON and the critically acclaimed ZOLA, Janicza Bravo cultivates the unsettling, the absurd, and the hilariously warped. This selection of four of her brilliantly outré shorts—including the award-winning dark comedy GREGORY GO BOOM, starring Michael Cer...

  • Short Films by Caroline Monnet

    1 season

    Montreal-based filmmaker and multimedia artist Caroline Monnet combines striking, often abstract visuals and evocative soundscapes to explore Indigenous identity, the reverberations of colonialism, and hidden cultural histories. Encompassing an inspiring portrait of a Chippewa mixed martial artis...

  • Directed by Jane Campion

    1 season

    One of contemporary cinema’s most singular and captivating voices, Jane Campion brings a piercing psychological insight and radiantly expressive visual style to her intense, revelatory explorations of female subjectivity and desire. After winning critical acclaim for her first two theatrical feat...

  • Films by Elisabeth Subrin

    1 season

    Filmmaker and artist Elisabeth Subrin has long explored female subjectivity and representation through her formally restless, conceptually driven shorts, which include tributes to photographer Francesca Woodman and actor Maria Schneider. With the arresting character study A WOMAN, A PART, Subrin ...

  • Working Girls
    Movie + 4 extras

    Working Girls

    Movie + 4 extras

    Directed by Lizzie Borden • 1986 • United States
    Starring Louise Smith, Ellen McElduff, Amanda Goodwin

    Sex work is portrayed with radical nonjudgment in Lizzie Borden’s immersive, richly detailed look at the rhythms and rituals of society’s most stigmatized profession. Inspired by the experience...

  • Film About a Father Who

    Movie + 9 extras

    Directed by Lynne Sachs • 2020 • United States

    Over a period of thirty-five years between 1984 and 2019, filmmaker Lynne Sachs shot 8 and 16 mm film, videotape, and digital images of her father, Ira Sachs Sr., a bon vivant and pioneering businessman from Park City, Utah. FILM ABOUT A FATHER WHO ...

  • What Is a Woman?


    Directed by Marin Håskjold • 2020 • Norway
    Starring Mina Alette Høvik, Eva Johansson, Louise Löwenberg

    A discussion occurs in a women’s locker room when someone asks a transgender woman to leave. Tackling complex issues head-on in a frank, naturalistic style, Norwegian director Marin Håskjold ex...

  • Directed by Lois Weber

    1 season

    Trailblazing writer and director Lois Weber combined technical mastery, creative control, and thematic daring to become arguably the first auteur in film history. Tackling controversial subjects such as sex work and birth control, Weber put forward a strikingly personal, ahead-of-its-time vision ...

  • Shadow Play: The Animated Films of Lotte Reiniger

    1 season

    The foremost pioneer of silhouette animation, German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger brought enchanting storybook worlds to life through her intricate cutouts and groundbreaking use of a proto-multiplane camera that she developed a decade before the technique was made famous by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks...

  • Freak Orlando
    Movie + 1 extra

    Freak Orlando

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Ulrike Ottinger • 1981 • West Germany
    Starring Magdalena Montezuma, Delphine Seyrig, Albert Heins

    Ulrike Ottinger transforms Virginia Woolf’s queer feminist classic ORLANDO into an outrageous camp spectacle in which a gender-fluid time traveler (Magdalena Montezuma) zigzags across hi...

  • Four Films by Michelle Parkerson

    1 season

    For Michelle Parkerson, filmmaking and activism are inextricably entwined. Using her camera to bring untold stories of Black and queer female identity to the screen as a producer and director, Parkerson has profiled trailblazing performers and activists such as influential jazz singer Betty Carte...

  • Western
    Movie + 1 extra


    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Valeska Grisebach • 2017 • Germany
    Starring Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov

    Valeska Grisebach’s intense, slow-burning thriller follows a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in rural Bulgaria. The foreign land awakens the ...

  • Spoor
    Movie + 2 extras


    Movie + 2 extras

    Directed by Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik • 2017 • Poland
    Starring Agnieszka Mandat, Wiktor Zborowski, Jakub Gierszal

    Mysterious, atmospheric, and darkly humorous, this genre-defying adaptation of Nobel Prize–winning writer Olga Tokarczuk’s novel “Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead”...

  • Swimmer


    Directed by Lynne Ramsay • 2012 • United Kingdom
    Starring Tom Litten

    Stunning monochrome cinematography and impressionistic sound design turn a young man’s aquatic odyssey into a ravishing sensory experience.

  • Yellow Fever


    Directed by Ng’endo Mukii • 2012 • United Kingdom, Kenya

    What does beauty look like? In this award-winning short, Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii combines animation, performance, and experimental techniques to create a visually arresting and psychologically penetrating exploration of the insidiou...

  • Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint


    Directed by Halina Dyrschka • 2019 • Germany

    Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange...

  • Smooth Talk
    Movie + 10 extras

    Smooth Talk

    Movie + 10 extras

    Directed by Joyce Chopra • 1985 • United States
    Starring Laura Dern, Treat Williams, Mary Kay Place

    Suspended between carefree youth and the harsh realities of the adult world, a teenage girl experiences an unsettling awakening in this haunting vision of innocence lost. Based on Joyce Carol Oate...

  • And Nothing Happened


    Directed by Naima Ramos-Chapman • 2016 • United States
    Starring Naima Ramos-Chapman, Angela Silverio, Bianca Soto

    A young woman dealing with the psychological aftermath of sexual violence shuffles between experiences both mundane and extraordinary as she attempts to leave her New York City apart...

  • Short Films by Jennifer Reeder

    1 season

    David Lynch meets John Hughes in the surreally sinister teenage dreams of Jennifer Reeder. Evoking the inner worlds of adolescent girls and women at moments of crisis and transformation, she combines hallucinatory Day-Glo visuals, moody synthscapes, and deliberately kitschy touches—DIY props, tal...

  • Short Films by Julie Dash

    1 season

    One of the leaders of the LA Rebellion movement that rumbled forth from the UCLA Film School in the 1970s, Julie Dash became the first Black American woman to have a feature widely released with her stunning, dreamlike DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST. Made between 1975 and 2016, these remarkable short film...

  • Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Lili Horvát • 2020 • Hungary
    Starring Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi

    The second feature by Hungarian director Lili Horvát is a slippery, seductive investigation of memory, obsession, and delusion. After twenty years in the United States, Hungarian neurosurgeon Márta (Nata...