Remember when you were a kid and you’d watch a movie or TV show and think, “I want to be JUST like that!” Maybe you were looking at a cowboy, a superhero, or a teen girl thriving in the fashion business while caring for her younger siblings at home. The point is, our dreams are fed by representation. With that in mind, activist and acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay asked female directors to step into the spotlight by sharing photos of themselves proudly at the helm.
On Twitter, she used the hashtag #DirectHer and kicked things off with this tweet.
Hello, hello to all my fellow women directors around the world. Wanna see you on set shooting your perfect shot. Share a pic of yourself at the helm. Show @Twitter how we make our magic, ladies! #DirectHer pic.twitter.com/tgi1ey4h23— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 24, 2019
The replies are good for the soul.
Amber Tamblyn shared shots from making Paint It Black.
Thank you, Ava! Direct my first feature Paint it Black (now on @netflix ) was one of the best experiences of my entire life. Here’s the crew as well as the incredible Janet Mcteer and @ShawkatAlia with our DP Brian Rigney Hubbard. I can’t wait to direct my next one. pic.twitter.com/vNdUeG5VFO— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) April 24, 2019
UnREAL’s Constance Zimmer offered pics from the ep she directed.
Canadian filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy shared a glimpse behind-the-scenes of her stellar, feminist sci-fi drama Level 16.
And there were many more from filmmakers you might not know (yet).
Setting up shots with AC @PhoenixxFlix DP @OnTheRocksFilms and Producer @ldonmallreeve for @TransmissionDNC still can’t believe my #shero @msdebbieallen is a part of my first feature. 😱 #ifshecanseeitshecanbeit #directher #thanksava #womeninfilm #plusmatt pic.twitter.com/12WuIsqZlr— Khadifa Wong (@KhadifaWong) April 24, 2019
If you can see it, you can be it. Or as Claws actress turned director Niecy Nash put it:
Check out the hashtag #DirectHer and share your favorite responses in comments.
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