Her Stories: Women Call the Shots
Contemporary women filmmakers pay homage to the pioneers who led the way
Just 7% of the 100 most successful 2017 North American releases were directed by women. That is a truly shameful statistic, but it gets worse: only one woman has ever won the Academy Award for Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow) and only five have been nominated in that category in 90 years (Greta Gerwig being the fifth, for Lady Bird). At the same time only one woman (Jane Campion) has won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
The women who have bucked the system are a remarkable bunch, but few careers were allowed to flourish and often their movies have been neglected in the official histories of cinema. We aim to rectify this critical oversight by celebrating the many and diverse accomplishments of remarkable women filmmakers past and present.
In our new series, Her Stories: Women Call the Shots, we invite contemporary women filmmakers to choose a film made by a woman which continues to inspire, and share it with our audience.
Each event will encompass an introduction by our special guest, a screening of the film she is championing, and then a social mixer in our atrium lounge to discuss the movie and network. Our host for the screenings will be local industry journalist Sabrina Furminger.