Once a month—on the first of the month—I dedicate 12 hours to feasting on films #DirectedbyWomen. I never know for sure which films I'll watch... but I'm considering exploring directing work by Alice Rohrwacher, Amber Tamblyn, Angela Schanelec, Ildikó Enyedi, Jessica M. Thompson, Juliana Antunes, Marti Noxon, and Nina Menkes. We'll see what arises as the Film Feast unfolds.
I'll be revising this blog post throughout the day to reflect what I've been watching and I'll also be tweeting out about the Film Feast.
I love to start each month with an unequivocal commitment to relishing the work of women directors. I hope you find ways to dip in to the richness of what women directors have been creating.
Thank you for being here. We're building a culture of appreciation within the global film community... relishing the work of women directors...
Barbara Ann O'Leary
Film Feast Film Viewing Possibilities I've chosen for today...
(I'll add info as I go...)
With Angela Schanelec's work I feel a sense of abiding trust in the choices she's making moment by moment. The pacing, framing, focus, lighting, sound, and the physicality of the actors—among other qualities—feel completely conscious and at the same time organic and rooted in the stories she is revealing. I feel deeply respected and cared for as a viewer.
I watched The Dreamed Path in its exclusive global online premiere on MUBI. I think it is important to have access to a wide variety of streaming sites in order to effectively access content #DirectedbyWomen. I appreciate that MUBI includes compelling work by women directors among the films they curate each month. At the moment—in addition to Angela Schanelec's The Dreamed Path—MUBI is streaming Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, Juliana Antunes' Baronesa, Jumana Manna's Wild Relatives, Maria Finitzo's In the Game, Suzan Pitt's Asparagus, and The Bridges of Sarajevo, which was created by 13 directors including Aida Begić, Angela Schanelec, Isild Le Besco, Teresa Villaverde, and Ursula Meier. I'd love to see MUBI up the percentage of films #DirectedbyWomen in their rotation, but I find the quality of their choices well worth their fee. Plus they provide a discount for paying annually, which I take advantage of.
I appreciate the way MUBI has their streaming service organized. Each day a new film is added and one rolls off. So I have 30 days to watch what they make available. I find it calming as I can see everything at a glance. I don't have to root around in their site wondering what might be hidden there. Sometimes I miss out on the chance to see films I am interested in as I don't get around to them in that month, but I just make a mental note to be on the lookout for them when they show up somewhere else and the time is right for me to take them in. For instance I missed two of Angela Schanelec's films MUBI was streaming recently, but I did see Afternoon, Marseille, and now The Dreamed Path, which I'm catching 2 days before it rolls off. I have deeply appreciated all three of these films and will definitely find opportunities to watch more of her work in the future. Her work has a still, penetrating quality that resonates with me deeply. I hope you find opportunities to seek out her work. If you come across her films streaming elsewhere online, please let me know.
What a satisfying way to start today's Film Feast.
What an incredible, intense, deeply moving film! I've been waiting for just the right moment to watch this one. Synchronistically I watched this dream intense film after watching Schanelec's The Dreamed Path. I love synchronicities. It took me a while to watch these first 2 films today as I needed a lunch break and occasionally during On Body and Soul I had to pause to allow myself to absorb the rich nuances of the film. It's one of the advantages of streaming a film rather than seeing it in a cinema, though I would love to have the chance to see this on the the big screen. Can't wait to see more of Enyedi's work! I won't spoil this one for you by telling you anything about it other than there are some very intense images, so be prepared.
Appreciated the saturated colors that permeate Tamblyn's independent feature film directorial debut Paint It Black. Alia Shawkat and Janet McTeer both turn in riveting performances. Can't wait to see what Tamblyn makes next.
I've chosen some very heavy subject matter for today's Film Feast. In her independent feature film directorial debut, Jessica M. Thompson explores the aftermath of rape in The Light of the Moon. Heartbreaking... truly.
Concluding today's #DirectedbyWomen Film Feast with Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders.
That's as much film viewing as I could fit into this 12 hour #DirectedbyWomen Film Feast as I took time to blog and tweet about what I've been watching... and took time to prepare and eat a couple of meals... plus I just needed time to absorb some of the film content before plunging in to the next films. Will have to find time to watch the other films I was considering at a later time.
Thank you to ALL who have stepped up so far to support the #DirectedbyWomen initiative. If you've yet to join in, while you're here please consider dedicating $1 (or more) each month to help the #DirectedbyWomen initiative flourish. We have a global party to plan, a growing directory to curate, social media to engage, and so much more. Thank you!