25 Greatest Working Film Directors (Who Also Happen to be Female)

Lisa Cholodenko

The out director may have gotten the most accolades from critics and most moviegoers this year with The Kids Are All Right, but her earlier work on High Art and Laurel Canyon is what had lesbians tuned in. Next up: an adaptation of Tom Perotta’s The Abstinence Teacher.

Amy Heckerling

The woman who gave us Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless is working on Vamps for later this year. It’s got a killer cast, including Alicia Silverstone, Sigourney Weaver and Marilu Henner and will no doubt cash in on the latest vampire craze.

Cherien Dabis

The out director released her debut feature Amreeka in 2009 and was nominated for Best First Screenplay at the Indie Spirt Awards, as well as the Grand Jury Prize at Sundnace. While it didn’t win, the film got major props from reviewers, and her next script, May in the Summer, has gotten picked up by Memento Films for production this year. The best part? It’s a lesbian love story, starring Dabis and Hiam Abbas.

Phyllida Lloyd

Where do you go from the musical movie Mamma Mia? Well, you go back to Meryl Streep again. The out director is working with Streep on The Iron Lady, a film about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Debra Chasnoff

While her work might not be seen on the big screen, it’s just as important as the kind of work that makes it into theaters. The lesbian director is behind educational LGBT films like Choosing Children, Let’s Get Real and 2009’s Straightlaced. With Groundspark films, Chasnoff and co. aim to ignite change through film. It’s no surprise she’s won several awards, including an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject for Deadly Deception.

And there’s more where that came from. Who would you add to this list?

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