Monika Bartyzel recently pointed out in her column Girls on Film, that an article we posted a few years ago “101 Great Filmmaker Quotes” only includes only one female director, Kathryn Bigelow. We certainly object to the inference that you can determine the body of content we post by looking at one post. Having said that, we agree there is a lack of gender balance in Hollywood. A fact we have pointed out many times. The Bechdel Test, which we have written about, is a great demonstration of this imbalance.

Here are a few great quotes from her article,”Girls on Film: Insights from history’s greatest female filmmakers.

“Without risks you don’t go anywhere, you don’t learn anything, and the movies that have been least enjoyable for me have been the ones that have kind of been by rote. Directors should always explore their boundaries — that’s where really exciting things happen.” — Ellen Kuras (Cinematograher, Director)

“Never give up. If you want to become one, you have to be really, really strong, never give up, because you’re going to have so many ‘nos.’ When I wrote my first screenplay I was 17, but when I directed my first film I was 36. It gives you an idea how long it takes.” — Julie Delpy (2 Days in Paris)

“Be conscious of the filmmakers that speak to you. Be shameless about stealing from them. Oddly, your own voice comes out.” — Nancy Savoca (Dogfight)

“Most people picture directors as dictators, but as long as you know what you’re doing you don’t have to be loud.” — Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, The Bling Ring)

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