Music + Film

5 Women Film Directors You Need to Know About

November 9, 2015
Written by: Yasha Wallin
Image from Harper's Bazaar

There has been a lot talk in recent months about how underrepresented and under appreciated women working in Hollywood are. Since some of our favorite films in recent years were directed by amazing women, what better time than now to acknowledge a few of these directors changing the face of cinema today. Behold, five badass ladies in film you need to know.

Jamie Babbit
Babbit made her debut with one of our favorite cult movies, But I’m a Cheerleader starring Natasha Lyonne. She worked with Lyonne again this year on the indie hit Addicted to Fresno. She’s also directed episodes of just about every great TV show out there right now including Girls and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Lena Dunham
Speaking of Girls, Dunham became an art house hero with Tiny Furniture when she was just in her early 20s. The film’s success led to Girls, her TV series about life, love and the endearing chaos of being fresh out of college. The show has already won two Golden Globs and it’s just getting started.

Maryam Keshavarz

Keshavarz’s first film The Color of Love portrayed the changing face of contemporary Iranian society. She’s now made several other intimate narratives about including 2011’s Circumstance about how sexuality and politics are shifting in Tehran, with her next film The Last Harem in the making.

Crystal Moselle
For five years, Moselle filmed and befriended the Angulo brothers—six precocious teens to twenty year olds—who were never allowed to leave their Lower East Side New York apartment. Movies became their way to escape and harness their imagination. Moselle captured their captivating story in The Wolfpack which won the docu grand jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Floria Sigismondi
Sigismondi is best known for her incredibly experiential music videos for the likes of David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Ellie Goulding, and countless others. Her first feature film The Runaways with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning came out in 2010, and we’re still waiting patiently for her follow up.