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    Cannes Directors Fortnight 2011: The Women

    Here are the films directed by women from the 2011 Cannes Directors Fortnight. Out of a total of 21 films, seven are directed by women. That's 33%. Not too shabby. (Descriptions from IndieWIRE)

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    HBO To Screen Many Docs by Women This Summer

    HBO announced their summer documentary lineup and there are many great looking women directed films -- two from Liz Garbus -- and others including one about Gloria Steinem directed by men. The 11 week series begins June 6.

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    Guest Post: Zeina Durra and Elodie Bouchez The Imperalists Are Still Alive! By Melissa Silvestri

    From the opening shot of artist Asya (Elodie Bouchez) naked save for a machine gun and a hijab on her head, one can tell that The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, written and directed by Zeina Durra, is looking to flip the victim image of Muslim women on its head with a subtle sense of humor and observation. The Imperialists Are Still Alive! tracks moments in the life of Asya, an artist of mixed Middle Eastern background who lives a rock’n’roll lifestyle in NYC with a hip crowd while keeping tabs on the missing whereabouts of her friend in Lebanon. She lives her life day to day, and Durra keeps the films fresh and fun by never making Asya a sel...

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    Cannes Film Festival Lineup: The Women

    I don't know what Thierry Fremaux was smoking but whatever it was he should pass it around to other film festival programmers, because this year the Cannes Film Festival has four films by women in competition. Remember, last year there were NONE. While it is still nowhere near equal -- 4 out of 19...

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    Women Theatre Directors Talk About Working in Seattle

    Great piece in the Seattle Times (with a video below) on how strong a town Seattle is for women theatre directors. Here's a comment from Kate Whoriskey who runs the Intiman Theatre about how things have changed for women directors in the country.

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    Meg Ryan to Make Directing Debut

    Here's another actress looking for her next act. Meg Ryan is going to direct Into the Beautiful from a script by Anne Meredith. Variety says it is a contemporary "Big Chill."

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    Trailer Watch: The Imperialists Are Still Alive! - Written and Directed by Zenia Durra

    Films Opens on April 15 and will also be on VOD

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    Circumstance - Written and Directed by Maryam Keshavarz Closes New Directors/New Films

    This evening Maryam Keshavarz' Sundance award winning film will close the New Directors/New Film series in NYC. I spoke with Maryam this week and the full interview will be available when the film opens this summer, but here is a piece in honor of the film's NY premiere. Circumstance will be makin...

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    In a Better World - directed by Susanne Bier

    We spend so much time talking about how men are hired to direct women's stories (because men are hired to direct more movies in general) but much less time taking about how women have a much harder time getting hired to direct stories about men. Most of the women who tell stories about men do it th...

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    Interview With Susanne Bier - Oscar Winning Director of In a Better World

    WAH: Congratulations on the Oscar. What did it feel like? That moment?

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