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Ava DuVernay Pulls Focus To Female Filmmakers On Twitter With #DirectHer

By Kristy Puchko | Film | April 25, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | April 25, 2019 |


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.

The replies are good for the soul.

First up, writer/director Julia Hart shared pics from the production of her female-fronted superhero movie Fast Color, which she helmed with her baby on her hip.

Amber Tamblyn shared shots from making Paint It Black.

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).

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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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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