2015 is already shaping up to be a big year for women in film. This is especially true for lesbian and queer women who work in front of and behind the camera, and filmmakers trying to produce films with LGBT characters and themes.
While women, queer and straight, still fight to have even close to equal representation in major films, the success of female led films has been tossing boulders through Hollywood’s glass ceiling. Much of that success can be attributed to strong, smart actors, producers and directors who are pushing to have their visions and voices heard.
Here are some of those women who are using their talents to inspire and change the face of Hollywood, and make it much more diverse and inclusive.
The out filmmaker and producing partner Alexadra Roxo had great success with their web series Be Here Nowish, but it’s Leithe’s feature film directorial debut, Bare, that is the real game changer. The film, which premiered at Tribeca, stars Dianna Agron as an aimless young women in a small Nevada town, whose life is completely changed with the arrival of a charming and wild drifter (played by Paz De La Huerta). The stunning film received a lot of buzz and attention and will hopefully be available for all to see very soon.
Cate Blanchett can do no wrong. A powerhouse of an actress, she brings a sense of grace to any role she plays. Fans have been eagerly waiting for what feels like ages for Blanchett’s new film, Carol, which premiered at Cannes. Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, Carol is the story of a married woman (Blanchett) who falls deeply in love with a shop girl and actress (played by Rooney Mara) in the 1950s.
Dee Rees really blew our minds in the best way with her 2011 feature film Pariah, a coming of age film about a young, black queer woman and her struggles and triumphs. Her latest film about the life and loves of Bessie Smith, starring Queen Latifah, recently aired on HBO to much praise. The writer/director has a lot to say and we want to listen to every bit. Dee recently picked up an Emmy nomination for her work on Bessie, and the film was also nominated for Best Television Movie. With this much momentum, we think Dee Rees is indeed unstoppable and we can’t wait to see her new project with Shonda Rhimes.