See How She Runs:
A Celebration of Badass Women in Film
I drafted this essay just as the pandemic seemed to ease. Now, the backdrop of world events has changed in tragic and terrifying ways. I may have started with a lighthearted tone, but I feel the importance of storytelling and supporting emerging storytellers in a profound way. I am thrilled to have come back to the movies, and to share two hours in a theater and be reminded that I am not alone in my feelings of fear, shame, joy, laughter and love. There’s no other art form that has that same capacity to create empathy and connection, and I think it’s more important than ever.
Nina Yang Bongiovi
Gloria Calderon Kellett
This year’s awards season heralded many female directors, but the reality is that women composed fewer than 25% of creative roles in the top 250 films of 2021. To upend that statistic, producers will need to look to more than just experience or men will continue to dominate the industry. In the interview with Radha Blank mentioned earlier, she says many directors would have chosen to surround themselves with experience for their first feature film, but instead she chose collaborators for their shared vision and passion for the project. She said she took a chance on them, as other people had taken a chance on her.
Nada Djordjevich is a writer and producer and former WIFSFBA board member.