Did you know September is Women Director Awareness Month? Here are five films and a music video to help you celebrate.
Wayne's World (1992). Directed by Penelope Spheeris. After making some documentaries about the LA punk scene, Penelope jumped to the mainstream by taking a popular SNL skit and turning it into a fourth wall breaking comedy masterpiece.
Clueless (1995). Directed by Amy Heckerling. A story about high school popularity that transcends its 90s-ness. Her script got a well-deserved Writer's Guild nomination and the film shoulda got an Oscar nod too.
The Hurt Locker (2009). Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. This is not a war movie. This is a story about the addiction to war, the way it affects the families and friends of soldiers, and the unfortunate truth that there may not be a cure. Fun Fact: Ms. Bigelow is also a painter.
The Babadook (2014). Directed by Jennifer Kent. A nerve rattling Austrailian horror film that stars a top hat wearing monster that became an icon of the LGBT community. An amazing debut that transcends its genre and deserves a place among psychological thrillers like Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist.
Mustang (2015). Directed by Deniz Gamze. Five orphaned sisters searching for a sense of self in a small, conservative Turkish village. A charming, frustrating, and truly intimate story. It's no surprise the director based it on her own youth.
Boys (2017). Directed by Charli XCX. The music video for this 8-bit gem is directed by the pop star herself. Watch a bunch of famous, sexy dudes smashing TVs, holding puppies, and eating pancakes. You know, music video stuff.