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Fantastic Female Filmmakers

Women's Hall of Fame Series

by: Suzanne Simoni

Go behind the camera!

Women have been writing, producing and directing movies since filmmaking began in the early 1900s. From taming wild dogs to filming from the open door of a plane to being nominated for an academy award, women directors have done amazing things in the world of film.

Fantastic Female Filmmakers tells the stories of ten women who are some of the most creative and respected directors in the world. From Nell Shipman, who started her own production company in the silent movie days, to Ida Lupino, the American actress who was the first woman to direct herself in a film, to Academy-Award nominee Deepa Mehta, whose films have brought East Indian stories to audiences around the world. These directors prove that women can be stars behind the camera as well as on the screen.


Included in the 2009 Amelia Bloomer Project's List

- An annual list of the best feminist books for readers under age 18.

The Amelia Bloomer book list is published by the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table. To find out more visit the project’s blog.


"The profiles in both books are revealing, inspiring, and insightful." -VOYA, February 1, 2009

"There is a wonderful multicultural emphasis in this text and Simoni stresses the perseverance and strength of each woman." -Resource Links, June 1, 2008

"Written in clear, simple language and peppered with quotations from each filmmaker." -Canadian Children's Book News, March 1, 2008

"An entertaining and informative primer on women and movie-making." -TeensReadToo, September 1, 2008

"This is a fascinating look at the lives of ten female filmmakers. I loved that it spanned the globe and helped you see that there is more to movies than what Hollywood portrays." -Terry, The Reading Tub, November 14, 2008


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