Don’t let the Oscars, Golden Globes, or any award show fool you: Women filmmakers exist.
Not only do they write, direct, edit, and produce the films we love, they make it all happen in an industry predominantly led by men. Many of these women had to work twice as hard to get half as far as their male counterparts, but it didn’t stop them from pursuing their passions, and telling stories on the big screen.
In the wake of #TimesUp and #MeToo, women directors decided to start an empowering social media movement of their own — #femalefilmmakerfriday.
Aline Brosh McKenna, showrunner and co-creator of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and the writer behind “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Annie” (2014), kicked things off Jan. 26 by sharing a photo of herself on set.
We were planning this for 2/2 but people were excited, so let’s go for it! My friend Tamra Davis recently posted a photo of herself directing and it inspired me, so I invited some women to do the same. It’s hard to become what you do not see. #femalefilmmakerfriday pic.twitter.com/be9w7qh10A
— Aline Brosh McKenna (@alinebmckenna) January 26, 2018
Other women in film quickly joined in, sharing photos of their time behind the camera.
The new weekly tradition continues with big names, rising stars, and passionate fans sharing their favorite behind-the-scenes photos of women in film.
This seemingly small act is a big win for representation. Not only do fellow women in film get to celebrate their peers, but fans get to see and learn more about the talented women behind the scenes. And young girls considering careers in filmmaking get to see the strong community waiting to welcome them into the ranks. It’s a weekly exercise in positive representation — and it’s awesome.
Here are 13 of my favorite photos so far.
1. Women in film are telling their own stories …
2. … and elebrating triumphs …
3. … and sharing things they’ve learned.
#FemaleFilmmakerFriday My first time directing in 2008 on a short film called PARENTAL GUIDANCE. I made so many mistakes but I learned 2 important things: that I love directing & I have good instincts! If I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT! Learn from your mistakes & keep doing it! pic.twitter.com/TAI4FVPP17
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) January 26, 2018
4. And whether they’re a woman who’s already “made it”…
5. … or is just starting a new challenge …
Just made it in time! This is me on my first feature film that’s I’ve just started shooting! Would love support/mentoring from fellow filmmakers male or female! #FemaleFilmmakerFriday @ava @DAVID_LYNCH @PattyJenks #daretodream #film #IndieFeatureFriday #Filmmaker #movie pic.twitter.com/mKlZ1z0XlC
— Sophie Phillips (@filmzoid) January 26, 2018
6. … everyone has something to contribute.
#FemaleFilmmakerFriday is here which is everyday @global_girl_media. Our alumna @aarieltann (right) is performing at @unurban in #SantaMonica tonight, Friday February 9th starting at 7pm. She’ll be performing original songs and covers. 🎤🎤🎤#OwnTheMic Ariel! #GirlsonMic #GirlsBehindtheCamera #GirlsStories #GirlsVoices #TimesUp
7. Because this community of women is bigger …
8. … stronger ….
9. … and more talented than anyone gives them credit for.
Have to give this #femalefilmmakerfriday post to the incredible Patty Jenkins. There is so much to say about this incredible woman. She’s not only an admirable storyteller. But she is a wonderful leader, not afraid to (literally) get into the trenches. Lucky to call her a collaborator, friend, sister in film.