Women & Film BOOK CLUB
There is always so much information and inspiration to be ingested when it comes to Filmmaking, whether you’re researching for your next film, looking to write your first screenplay, or in a creative block and in need of some guidance. Books are both affordable and convenient ways of achieving these things . I thought we would start a Women & Film BOOK CLUB where we share some of the books that we use for guidance in hopes that we can help some of you as well. Let us know your thoughts in the comments on what you want from this club and we can’t wait to see what and how it inspires you to create!
Natalie Fält here, founder of Women & Film. I thought I’d start the book club off by recommending some of my favorite film-related journals.
Another Gaze: A feminist Film Journal
Another Gaze is a feminist film journal that publishes reviews, essays, and features, both academic and journalistic that highlight under-appreciated women filmmakers and question the existing canon. In their current issues you can read articles on Lucretia Martel, Agnes Varda, Alice Rohrwacher, Barbara Hammer, Chantal Akerman, and more. Some of my favorite essays in the latest volume were: Andrzej Zulawski: Taboo/Trope/Trama, Dreaming of Violence: The Myth of Adolescent Suburban Femininity in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, and Lars Von Trier + Darren Aronofsky’s Mommy Issues.
Their first and second print issue are now available to purchase here .
Projections: A Forum For Filmmakers
Projections is a forum for film-makers in which the practitioners of cinema write about their craft. Edited by John Boorman and Isabella Weibecht, Projections gives us insight into the lives of many of the big names that they have worked with including Martin Scorsese, Robert de Niro, Nick Park, Clint Eastwood, Wong Kar-Wei, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Ray Harryhausen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jodie Foster, James Stewart and many others. The series of books are a “must read” for any aspiring filmmaker or cinephile.
My favorite volume is Projections 13: Women Filmmakers on Filmmaking with articles by filmmakers such as Allison Anders, Anna Karina, Katia Lund, Frances McDormand, Emily Mortimer, and Susanne Bier.
Millenium Film Journal
Since its inception in the 1970s, the Millennium Film Journal has documented the multiple transformations of the cinematic in the hands of artists, giving a voice to a community that tended toward marginality. Their commitment is to the moving image as an art form, not a product, and they continue to maintain the idealist – if aggressively naive – position that artworks and products are separate and distinct species, even if some works are both.
Writers for the MFJ continue to document, analyze, historicize, track and describe artists’ use of the moving image, wherever they appear, whatever form they adopt, whatever time-frame they wish to explore, from the earliest days of the pre-cinematic into the possibly non-objective future.
cléo: a journal of film and feminism
cléo is a journal of film and film culture, informed by intersectional feminist perspectives.
The journal takes its name from the protagonist of Agnès Varda’s Cléo de cinq à sept (1962), who comes to self-realization through the observation and mastering of her space. In the spirit of Varda’s film, cléo is an open space for emerging and established writers to address issues of film and feminisms