"I wish that the numbers were higher for women directors. I think that women have found that they are getting the farthest in creating their personal visions when they are writing their own material. I co-wrote this film on spec. I interviewed soldiers and put together the material and images cut to rock music. When I gave it to the studio there wasn't that question about whether a woman could do this it. I managed to cut through all those questions by writing it on spec... I want to make wildly commercial movies that appeal to audiences so I see no limitations for a man or a woman. You just need to be a disciplined and great artist. We are in the entertainment business we gotta make them laugh and cry." — Kimberly Peirce, director of Boys Don't Cry and Stop-Loss on being a female director. [Women And Hollywood]

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tiredfairy
tiredfairy

I was watching a documentary on film editing the other day which discussed how editing used to be almost solely a woman's profession in the earlier days of film. Considering how technical and influential a film editor can potentially be I find that pretty interesting...

As for female directors, while we don't have to like every film they make, they are working within a VERY restricted and sexist studio system. And let's not forget, this is how they make a living. It's all well and good to say "make us better movies" but unless you're one of the top directors, you're not getting paid those huge salaries. And it's just as much about needing more female writers, directors, and producers as it is anything else. The whole system is an issue. I mean, I wish more actresses would start their own studios like Drew Barrymore, to help produce better films...many of them have the clout but they don't use it. But again, that's part of the fact that they're trying to survive in the system and it's easy for me, outside of it, to say "do it better"...

So while I'm not a fan of most formulaic, trite, and condescending romantic comedies...movies like Sleepless in Seattle and some others are actually steps forward in that genre. And considering the state of film I'd rather have women directing even bad films than no female directors right now. There will always be bad movies anyway...