Filmmakers on Film
Pioneering Women in Film Collection

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Editors on Editing
Film editing initially began as a woman's art in France. As veteran film editor, Dede Allen, tell it, "They thought that women were good at little details, like sewing." Before…
Actresses Turned Producer/Director
From Mary Pickford to Barbra Streisand the successful actress turned producer/director is one of Hollywood's longest standing traditions. Includes interview materials with Barbra Streisand.
The Producer/Director Relationship
The Producer and the Director must function like two hands of the same heart. These two rare interviews take us from the beginning to the end of one movie, "A…
Directors on Directing (Part 1)
This documentary features the most gifted young directors of the 80's and 90's, revealing the secrets of their success in their craft. Includes interview material with Barbra Streisand.
Directors on Directing (Part 2)
This documentary features the most gifted young directors of the 80's and 90's, revealing the secrets of their success in their craft. Includes interview material with Barbra Streisand.
Foreign Reel Women
Non-US directors speak about the idiosyncrasies of filmmaking in their respective countries. Because of the difficulty of financing, very few American film directors establish a body of work. For American…
Early Directors on Directing
There were more women directors before 1920 than at any other time in history. The first director to put a narrative story on celluloid was, Alice Guy Blache in 1896.…
Producers on Producing
Who should direct the film? Who should write it? Who should edit the final product? With major Hollywood studios, these questions lie within the producer's domain. Marcia Nasatir was the…
Pioneers of the Cinema
There were more women working in influential positions behind the scenes in film before 1920 than at any other time in history. Filmmaker, author, nationwide lecturer Ally Acker, takes us…
Screenwriters on Screenwriting
This documentary premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Explore the challenging world of the screenwriter with renowned industry writers.

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