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Female Filmmakers Take The Spotlight At This Year’s South By Southwest Film Festival

By Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Eight out of 10 of the films in the festival’s narrative competition this year are directed by women, from debuts such as Nijila Mu’min’s “Jinn” and Olivia Newman’s “First Watch” to the return of veteran Stacy Cochran (“Boys,” “My New Gun”) with “Write When You Get Work.”

Los Angeles Times

From “Bridesmaids” to “Baby Driver,” the South by Southwest Film Festival has become known as a launching pad for broad comedies and out-there genre fare often disregarded by other fests.

But that reputation overlooks the way in which South by Southwest has long been a vital platform for the discovery of new talent, unknowns about to become somebodies.

The 25th edition of the Austin, Texas-based film festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through March 17, also marks the 10th year for the festival’s director of film, Janet Pierson.

The festival has introduced such notable filmmakers as Barry Jenkins, Gareth Edwards, Andrew Haigh and Joe Swanberg but has arguably been even more influential by creating a space for female auteurs, including Greta Gerwig, Lena Dunham, Stella Meghie, Amy Seimetz and Ry Russo-Young.

Eight out of 10 of the films in the festival’s narrative competition this year are directed by women, from debuts such as Nijila Mu’min’s “Jinn” and Olivia Newman’s “First Watch” to the return of veteran Stacy Cochran (“Boys,” “My New Gun”) with “Write When You Get Work.”

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