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Female Directors on the Rise


While women filmmakers are still drastically underrepresented in film and television, there are still a number of extremely talented female directors on the rise. Chic Chat rounded up a handful of these women who are starting to make quite a name for themselves on both the big screen, as well as the TV.

Stella Meghie

Stella Meghie

Stella’s debut feature, “Jean of the Jones,” (not to be mistaken for “We are the Joneses“) premiered to great reviews at SXSW in 2016. Her film even caught the eye of Warner Bros., who tapped the Canadian born filmmaker to direct their adaptation of the Nicola Yoon novel, “Everything, Everything.” The film was released this summer, making Meghie the only black woman to direct a wide-release film in 2017. It grossed over $32 million opposite a $10 million budget.

Reed Morano

Reed Morano

Beginning as a talented cinematographer for such TV series as “Vinyl” and “Looking,” and indie films “The Skeleton Twins” and “Kill Your Darlings,” Morano eventually moved into directing and hasn’t looked back. She now has two feature films under her belt — “Meadowland” and the recently wrapped “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Though, she’s perhaps now most notable for her directing work on the popular and acclaimed Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Morano directed the first three episodes and received stellar reviews.

anna rose holmer

Anna Rose Holmer

Holmer’s debut feature “The Fits” came out in 2016, and IndieWire called it one of the year’s most promising debuts. Her directorial debut earned her the Someone to Watch prize at the Indie Spirit Awards, plus a Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough Director. The female director is currently gearing up for her next film, starring Natalie Portman, which is a rodeo drama called “Bronco Belle.”

lucia aniello

Lucia Aniello

As an alumna of the famous Upright Citizens Brigade, Aniello has had the opportunity to team up with the hilarious comedy duo  Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson on “Broad City.” Aniello has directed 11 episodes and written six of the hit Comedy Central series. In fact, she teamed up with Glazer on the big screen for her feature directorial debut, “Rough Night,” which was only one of two studio directed by a woman in 2017. Her film also starred Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Zoe Kravitz.

quinn shephard

Quinn Shephard

At the young age of 15, this New Jersey native came up with the idea for what would become her feature directorial debut “Blame,” a modern high school-set adaptation of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” Years later at 22, Shephard screened her film at the Tribeca Film Festival and impressed critics with her drama, which she wrote, directed, edited, produced and starred in.

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