We received some excellent film suggestions when Autumn posted a list of her favorite female directors not that long ago, and it sparked an idea: Let's actually watch some of these movies! And what's more, why not enjoy the films and the subsequent discussion with friends?
If you'd be interested in hosting your own Femme Film Fest, please respond to this posting with the movie you'd like to show from the list below:
- Jane Campion - (she has a number of films available through Netflix)
- Sophia Coppola - Lost in Translation
- Cheryl Dunye - Stranger Inside
- Patty Jenkins - Monster
- Deepa Mehta (she has a trilogy as well as a fourth film through Netflix)
- Jocelyn Moorhouse - Proof (there are two films by the same name; be sure to get Moorhouse's)
- Mira Nair - Monsoon Wedding
- Kim Pierce - Boys Don't Cry
- Lynne Ramsay - Ratcatcher
- Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis
- Penelope Spheeris - Wayne's World
- Julie Taymor - Frida; Titus Andronicus
- Agnes Varda - Cleo from 5 to 7
Some of the films are well known, while others are hidden gems just waiting to be discovered; I believe watching the lesser-known films will hit closer to the mark in terms of what we hope to accomplish. Afterwards, post a brief synopsis of the film you watched and your (and your friends') impressions of it.
This is a great way to practice what Autumn preached: Recognize great female directors by watching and discussing their films.
Finally, Christmas is just days away, so I suspect everyone's very busy right now. If the Femme Film Fest interests you, simply consider hosting one at this point; I'll send out a reminder via Facebook in a few weeks, at which point you can post your movie choice. The goal is to view and comment on a movie by mid to late January.
*The photo above was used without permission.