Inspiration can be found everywhere, so of course also in the work of others. Time to list some of the female filmmakers we admire and wish we could someday work for/with.
This indie darling has been working as a director of photography for years. Films like Kill Your Darlings and The Skeleton Twins are on her resume, but she has also worked on HBO's Vinyl and Beyoncé's Lemonade. Last year she made her directorial debut with the hauntingly beautiful Meadowland. Not only did she direct the tragic story of two parents (played by Olivia Wilde & Luke Wilson) who lost their child, she was also in charge of the cinematography and shot the most stunning scenes.
Acting, writing and directing, Sarah Polley can do it all. She started her acting career at the age of four, but ever since Away from Her in 2006 she has made a name for herself as a director as well. Luckily for us she doesn't shy away from non fiction and so she gave us Stories We Tell, a documentary about her own family's secrets, that is genre bending and one of our personal favorites.
Easily one of the most badass female documentary makers out there. She documented American political campaign marketing tactics during the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. In 2015 Our Brand Is Crisis was fictionalized and made into a major motion picture. For her latest documentary Big Men she traveled to Ghana and Nigeria where she had unprecedented access to the oil world. Boynton even managed to get Brad Pitt on board as executive producer.
The brilliant mind behind Clueless, do we need to say more? We're forever grateful for this cult classic with all it's witty one liners. She has much more films on her IMDb credits though, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High. And we just happen to know she's also really funny and cool in real life.
Yes, she starred in a lot of her dad's films, but she has much more of her own credits so no need to dwell on that. She always writes and directs her own films and never fails to deliver. For her second feature film Lost in Translation she won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and ever since she has continually impressed both critics and audiences.