You Don’t Need Experience

“Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want. We’ve been really indoctrinated with this culture of permission. I think it’s true for women, and I think it’s true for people of color. It’s historic, and it’s unfortunate and has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed. “

– Ava DuVernay

The stigma surrounding the hiring of women directors is negative, negative, and more negative. The idea is that women need the experience to do the job. BUT they need to get hired to get experience. It’s a vicious cycle with no end. There are also fewer women because they are told they cannot do the job. This means there are fewer people to hire from. AND the obvious rules of sexism still in play say women can’t do the job. It has also been said that women don’t want to direct big budget movies, furthering the idea that women don’t want the job. This is all perfectly wrapped up in a neat bow punctuated by the recent DGA changes in January.

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Woman Director… I Don’t Think In Those Terms

“I tend to like films about things that I would like to walk up and tell people about, but I can’t because they would like punch me.”

– Alison Bagnall


Alison Bagnall launched her career into the Feature Film World in 1998 as co-writer to Vincent Gallo for his directorial debut Buffalo ’66. Her most recent film Funny Bunny, which she both directed and wrote, played in the prestigious Film Festival South by Southwest in March of 2015. Funny Bunny is her third feature. She also directed and wrote Piggie (2003), and The Dish & The Spoon (2011).

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Without Limits

Ignore the glass ceiling and do your work. If you’re focusing on what you don’t have, focusing on the limitations, then you will be limited.

– Ava DuVernay

If you pay attention to the film world, even slightly, the name Ava DuVernay should call to mind a number of recent productions. The film world is buzzing with talk about her most recent television show, co-produced with Oprah Winfrey, Queen Sugar on the OWN Network. Premiering over two nights (September 6th and 7th) the show is a landmark for women as they continue to break into a world dominated by men.

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