Currently watching – Paris, Texas – directed by Wim Wenders, 1984. Born in 1945, Wenders is a German filmmaker, author, and photographer, and one of the most renown independent directors of the last four decades.
Currently watching – Señorita, directed by Isabel Sandoval, 2011. Born in 1982, Sandoval is a Filipina filmmaker. This was her award-winning directorial debut.
Currently watching – She’s Gotta Have It, directed by Spike Lee, 1986. Born in 1957, Lee is one of the most important directors of the last forty years. This movie, about a young black woman juggling three boyfriends she refuses to commit to despite their pressures, was his debut feature. I watched this before many, many, many years ago.
Currently watching – Nomadland, directed by Chloé Zhao, 2020. Zhao is a Chinese-American filmmaker born in 1982.
Currently watching – The Killing Floor, directed by Bill Duke, 1984. Born in 1943, Duke is an American actor and filmmaker famous for his supporting roles in crime and action movies. This film depicts the struggles of an African-American migrant as he tries to start a interracial union in Chicago after WW1.
Currently watching – All These Creatures, directed by Charles Williams, 2018. Williams is an Australian filmmaker. This film won the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Currently watching – Desert Hearts, directed by Donna Deitch, 1985. Born in 1945, Deitch is an American television and film director. This film was one of the first American features to depict a lesbian relationship in a positive light.
Currently watching – The Exterminating Angel, directed by Luis Buñuel, 1962. Born in Spain in 1900, Buñuel was an iconoclastic filmmaker who later became a naturalized Mexican citizen. This film depicts a high society dinner party that gets weird when the guests realize they can’t leave.
Currently watching – Beau travail, directed by Clair Denis, 1999. Born in 1946, Denis is a French filmmaker who was raised in colonial French Africa. This film is her modern interpretation of Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd.”
Currently watching – Pillars, a short film by Haley Elizabeth Anderson. Anderson is a young filmmaker from Texas.