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18 Women Filmmakers On Gender and Representation In Hollywood

“It feels really good that the conversations are going on but now the question is: Will that actually translate to opportunity?”

S.J. Chiro, Lane 1974

S.J. Chiro, Lane 1974

“I feel like we’re still way, way behind. Like, enormously behind. But I also feel hopeful and I’m a fighter and so I’ll keep on fighting. I’m very much in it to win it. I’m clawing forward and not in it to win it for myself, but for my daughter … for a new generation. All I want is to make life better for them and that’s the whole reason I got into filmmaking in the first place. It’s such a powerful medium and…that’s what keeps me going. It’s not an easy life, but all I have to do is think of future generations.”

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Noel Wells, Mr. Roosevelt

Noel Wells, Mr. Roosevelt

“If we don’t talk about it, we could go backwards — we don’t want to be complacent, we don’t want it to be like, some of us got here, so we’re going to give up on the rest of you. But soon, hopefully, we’re just filmmakers. We don’t think of ourselves as different, so I think it’s going in a really great direction and hopefully it’ll no longer be a situation where we’re counting and just celebrating. Hopefully we’re entering a time in world history where we’re all just beings of light shooting our films and writing our music and coming from our souls, and that’s all people will be able to see.”

William Callan for BuzzFeed News | Backdrop courtesy of MIOCulture.com

Ana Asensio, Most Beautiful Island

Ana Asensio, Most Beautiful Island

“I feel like there’s a lot of new female filmmakers or women wanting to be filmmakers who are getting inspired just because the conversation is out there. There is much more support these days than there was before, so I’m not sure if next year there will be more filmmakers with films out there, but there’s definitely going to be more female filmmakers making films just because they feel like society is actually encouraging them to step out there and say, ‘Hey, I’m a female filmmaker and I’m going to make this movie!’”

William Callan for BuzzFeed News | Backdrop courtesy of MIOCulture.com


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