Category: film

Julie Dash (b. 1952) is a film director and writer, part
of the L.A. Rebellion generation. Her 1991 film Daughters of the Dust was
the first production by an African American woman to have general theatrical
release in the United States.

Daughters
of the Dust
is included
in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for its cultural
significance, and has been considered one of the most significant films of the
last three decades. Dash has won the Black American Cinema Society Award and a
cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival, among others.

Suzan Pitt (1943-2019)
was a painter and animator, whose career lasted more than four decades. She was
known for her acclaimed surrealist films.

Her first film was released in 1970, and
her best-known work, Asparagus, debuted in 1979 at the Whitney Museum of
American Art. She was also a professor at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts
at Harvard, and later at the California Institute of the Arts.

Agnès Varda (1928-2019) was a Belgian-French
photographer and filmmaker. She was a pioneer of the French New Wave film
movement during the 1950s and 1960s.

She made her first
film, La Pointe Courte, in 1954, and
continued working in the cinematic industry for more than five decades,
establishing her reputation as the ‘mother’ of the New Wave movement. She received
numerous awards and honours for her work, including the first Academy Honorary
Award for a female director.

Octavia
Spencer
(b. 1972) is an award-winning actress. She
is one of only two African-American actresses who were nominated for three
Academy Awards.

For her role in the 2011 film The Help, she won multiple awards
including an Oscar, A Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Her other two Oscar nominations
were for Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water. She also worked as
an executive producer for the Academy Award winner Green Book.

Samira
Makhmalbaf
(b.
1980) is an Iranian director and script writer. She is considered one of the
most influential filmmakers of the Iranian New Wave.

She directed her first film, The Apple, at the age of 17, and later
presented it at Cannes Film Festival. The film was featured at over 100 film
festivals in more than 30 countries. She has won the Jury’s Prize at Cannes twice,
as well as the UNESCO Award at the Venice Film Festival, among others.

Frances Marion (1888-1973) was one of the most
famous female screenwriters of the 20th century. She was the first
writer to win two Academy Awards.

Before starting work in the film industry, she
was an artist and journalist. She also served as a combat correspondent during
World War I, where she documented the efforts of women on the front lines.
Throughout her career she wrote more than 300 scripts and produced more than
130 films.

Hazel Scott (1920-1981) was a musical prodigy of Trinidadian origin. She was a trained classical pianist who also performed as a jazz singer.

In 1950, she became the first black person to ever have their own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show. She was also one of the first Afro-Caribbean women to star in major Hollywood films, mostly as herself.

Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) is considered by the American Film Institute to be the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood. She was a leading actress for more than six decades.

She began her career on stage in 1928, and was quickly noticed and brought into the world of cinema. She won four Academy Awards for Best Actress, the most of any performer, and was nominated 12 times, an achievement surpassed only by Meryl Streep.

Anita Loos (1889-1981) was the screenwriter behind Hollywood classics such as The Perfect Woman and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She wrote dozens of screenplay throughout a career spanning more than four decades.

She wrote the famous Gentlemen Prefer Blondes novel in 1925, and adapted it as a stage musical a year later. In 1915, she became arguably the first ever staff scriptwriter, working for the Triangle Film Corporation.

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