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Alice Initiative Survey: 20 Female Filmmakers Primed for Studio Directing Gig 



The Alice Initiative was formed in 2016
partly as a result of a report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film concluded that female filmmakers directed just 9 percent of the top 250 movies in 2015. The group members, who represent mid- to top-level film executives at every major studio and several top production companies, had found that when searching for directors for their projects, they ended up calling one another for suggestions of talented women, hence the desire for a formal list. Inaugural honorees included Sundance breakouts Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and Sian Heder (Tallulah), promising genre talent Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and international helmers like Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang).

Progress continues to be slow when it comes to female directors getting the opportunity to helm bigger films. A recent study found that only eight of the top 100 films in 2017 were directed by women. Part of the aim of this list is to highlight female directors who should be hired for high-profile, and bigger-budget, jobs.

The Alice Initiative is named after French filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache, who is widely considered the first female director. She was a pioneer in the field and helmed more than 1,000 films during her career in the early 1900s. The Alice Initiative's website also includes a master list of hundreds more women directors currently working on TV and in film.

See the complete list from the the Alice Initiative below.

Directors With Completed Feature Work:
Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned)
Reed Morano (Meadowland; I Think We're Alone Now; currently shooting Paramount's The Rhythm Section)
Houda Benyamina (Divines)
Quinn Shepard (Blame)
Roseanne Liang (My Wedding and Other Secrets)
Alethea Jones (Fun Mom Dinner)
Clea Duvall (The Intervention)
Marti Noxon (To the Bone)
Sarah-Violet Bliss (Fort Tilden)
Anna Kerrigan (Five Days Gone)

Directors With Episodic, Documentary or Shorts:

Courtney Hoffman (The Good Time Girls)
Tannaz Hazemi (Hail Mary Country)
Annabel Oakes (All Exchanges Final)
Regina King (Shameless, This Is Us, Scandal, Story of a Village)
Jessica Sanders (March of the Living)
Pam Brady (Lady Dynamite)
Rachael Holder (I Love Bekka & Lucy)
Rashida Jones (Hot Girls Wanted, Angie Tribeca)
Rosie Haber (digital series New Deep South and Ink)
Amanda Lipitz (Step)

Read the coverage on the Hollywood Reporter website. 


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