One of the names he listed was Jane Campion. Campion has a new film, Bright Star, and was interviewd in the Chronicle a few weeks later. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/13/PKU719EBUF.DTL
After reading the article, I realized why I knew so few female directors. As Campion states, in the 82 year history of the Academy Awards, only 3 women have been nominated for best director and none have received it.
Female directors will not receive credit unless we watch their movies, and we can't watch their movies until we know about them. Here is a short list of my favorite female directors. See how many you can come up with and write back...
- Jane Campion
- Sophia Coppola
- Deepa Mehta