Amy Taubin over at Ms. has written a lovely article on women in documentary film, which investigates, among other things, one nook of the pattern of women rocking out in any field where there isn't a whole lot of money at stake.
The new visibility is a boon to women filmmakers who, for over three decades, have thrived in the documentary field as they still do not in Hollywood or the indie world. According to the Directors Guild of America statistics, female directors logged 7.4 percent of total member workdays on fiction features in 1999. Similarly, only three women — Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion and Lina Wertmüller — have been nominated for Oscars in the Best Director category, and none has won.



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