The following was tweeted on 3/31/2012, between 6:45 & 7:15 PDT.
As Women's History Month draws to a close, I thought I'd tweet a list of 10 female filmmakers you should know about.
This list will not include the great filmmakers you probably already know of.
Not on this list but superb directors: Agnes Varda, Jane Campion, Kathryn Bigelow, Chantal Akerman.
Not on this list but directors I have mixed feelings about (tho ultimately admire): Sally Potter, Julie Taymor, Catherine Breillat.
Not on this list because I can't abide them: Miranda July, Sofia Coppola, Lena Dunham. If I were Macbeth, they'd be the 3 Weird Sisters.
10. Dee Rees: Pariah wasn't perfect but a promising debut and an interesting new voice.
9. Maryam Keshavarz: Like Pariah, Circumstance makes some rookie mistakes but I'm very excited to see what she does next.
8. Kelly Reichardt: an old hand in the indie world, she carries the neglected torch for low key American Indies proudly.
7. Sarah Polley: Away From Her was an impressive debut. Looking forward to her follow up.
6. Ava DuVernay: a veritable one woman movement. Her arrival gives one hope Black Cinema will soon mean something again.
5. Tanya Hamilton: I pray to the God of Cinema that she gets to follow up Night Catches Us very soon.
4. Andrea Arnold: Red Road took days to shake, and Fish Tank is one of the best films in recent years.
3. Nicole Holofcener: Every inch the auteur and an excellent TV director as well. Very rare.
2. Lynne Ramsay: I would never have forgiven Peter Jackson if his hijacking of The Lovely Bones had driven her to retire.
1. Claire Denis: Arguably the best woman in film today. That French Cinema is finally dealing w/ non-whites is hugely her doing.