#Crucial21DbW: Thank you & More to Explore

I want to thank everyone involved in the Crucial 21st Century Cinema #DirectedbyWomen communal blogging initiative in 2019: writers, editors, graphic designers, social media activists, readers, etc. This yearlong adventure in film love has been invigorating.

We published 274 posts during the #Crucial21DbW. Each post was written by a different film lover about a different film, TV episode, music video, etc. that they experienced as contributing something crucial to 21st Century Cinema. There was quite a range of work highlighted. It’s just a glimpse into what’s out there to explore, but I hope you’ve found it eye opening. And I definitely hope it inspires you to seek out opportunities to experience a wider range of work by women directors.

I want to give a particular shout out to each of the editors who volunteered so skillfully and generously on the project: Alena Schoonmaker, Amanda Konkle, Amy Starkey, BC Wallin, Bedatri Choudhury, Christl Stringer, Cody Corrall, Daniel Kiniry, Ellen Cheshire, Hugo Lau, Isabella DeLeo, Jenni Holz, Marie Ullrich, Marina Viscun, Marissa De La Cerda, Mary Beth McAndrews, Matthew Roe, Sara Clements, Shilyh Warren, Steph Brandhuber, and Steven Galvin. Thank you!

As we move into 2020 and shift attention to other initiatives, I want to take this time to share the titles of over 200 additional films, TV episodes, etc. that were under consideration by film lovers. Some of these were proposed by writers who ultimately chose to select other works as the focus of their posts. Some were proposed by over a hundred other people who expressed interest in contributing insights to the project, but whose schedules or other challenges kept them from participating. I thought this could help fuel your #DirectedbyWomen Film Viewing Practice for 2020.

  1. Across the Universe directed by Julie Taymor
  2. Adult Life Skills directed by Rachel Tunnard
  3. All About Nina directed by Eva Vives
  4. Almost There directed by Jacqueline Zünd
  5. Always Be My Maybe directed by Nahnatchka Khan
  6. American Mary directed by Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska
  7. Anatomy of Violence directed by Deepa Mehta
  8. Angie + Zahra directed by Yulin Kuang
  9. Another Year / You yi nian directed by Shengze Zhu
  10. Appropriate Behavior directed by Desiree Akhavan
  11. Archipelago directed by Joanna Hogg
  12. Atlantic is a Sea of Bones directed by Tourmaline (f.k.a. Reina Gossett)
  13. Austenland directed by Jerusha Hess
  14. Away from Her directed by Sarah Polley
  15. The Bad Batch directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
  16. Bao directed by Domee Shi
  17. Bastards directed by Claire Denis
  18. Beauties of the Night / Bellas de Noche directed by María José Cuevas
  19. Beauty directed by Christina Willings
  20. Before Summer Ends / Avant la fin de l’été directed by Maryam Goormaghtigh
  21. Bewitched directed by Nora Ephron
  22. Beyond the Lights directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
  23. Big Little Lies – S2E1 – “What Have They Done?” directed by Andrea Arnold
  24. Big Men directed by Rachel Boynton
  25. A Bitter Taste of Freedom directed by Marina Goldovskaya
  26. Black Mirror – S4E2 – “Arkangel” directed by Jodie Foster
  27. Black-ish – S4E20 – “Fifty-Three Percent” directed by Tracee Ellis Ross
  28. Blind Spot / Blindsone directed by Tuva Novotny
  29. Blinded by the Light directed by Gurinder Chadha
  30. Blood Runs Down directed by Zandashé Brown
  31. Blue My Mind directed by Lisa Bruhlmann
  32. Breathe directed by Mélanie Laurent
  33. Bridget Jones’s Diary directed by Sharon Maguire
  34. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – S2E7 – “Lockdown” directed by Linda Mendoza and S6E8 – “He Said, She Said” directed by Stephanie Beatriz
  35. Buster’s Mal Heart directed by Sarah Adina Smith
  36. Can You Ever Forgive Me? directed by Marielle Heller
  37. Capernaum / Capharnaüm directed by Nadine Labaki
  38. Cargo directed by Laura Waddington
  39. Carrie directed by Kimberly Peirce
  40. Casting JonBenet directed by Kitty Green
  41. A Castle in Italy directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
  42. Celine: Out of Ashes directed by Madeleine Bazil
  43. The Chambermaid / La camarista directed by Lila Avilés
  44. Childer directed by Aislinn Clarke
  45. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen directed by Sara Sugarman
  46. Corpo Celeste directed by Alice Rohrwacher
  47. Cracks directed by Jordan Scott
  48. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – S1E11 – “That Text Was Not Meant for Josh!” directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer
  49. Crystal Swan / Khrustal directed by Darya Zhuk
  50. Cuts directed by Chairun Nissa
  51. Dark River directed by Clio Barnard
  52. Dark Touch directed by Marina de Van
  53. Dear Zindagi directed by Gauri Shinde
  54. The Devil’s Plantation directed by May Miles Thomas
  55. Distant Constellation directed by Shevaun Mizrahi
  56. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood directed by Callie Khouri
  57. Down There / Là-bas directed by Chantal Akerman
  58. Eat Sleep Die / Äta sova dö directed by Gabriela Pichler
  59. An Ecstatic Experience directed by Ja’Tovia Gary
  60. Edge directed by Carol Morley
  61. Electrick Children directed by Rebecca Thomas
  62. Enlightened – S1E5 – “Not Good Enough Mothers” and S2E1 – “The Key” directed by Nicole Holofcener
  63. Enough Said directed by Nicole Holofcener
  64. Entourage -S3E8 – “The Release” directed by Patty Jenkins
  65. Évolution directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic
  66. Exclusion directed by Deepa Mehta
  67. Exhibition directed by Joanna Hogg
  68. The Expanse – S3E11 – “Fallen World” and S3E12 – “Congregation” directed by Jennifer Phang
  69. Farewell / Proshchanie directed by Mariya Saakyan
  70. Fat Girl / À ma soeur! directed by Catherine Breillat
  71. Firecrackers directed by Jasmin Mozaffari
  72. Flesh directed by Monika Estrella Negra
  73. Friday Night directed by Claire Denis
  74. Friends with Kids directed by Jennifer Westfeldt
  75. From the Other Side / De l’autre côté directed by Chantal Akerman
  76. Gemma Bovery directed by Anne Fontaine
  77. Ginger & Rosa directed by Sally Potter
  78. Girl Asleep directed by Rosemary Myers
  79. A Girl at my Door / Dohee-ya directed by July Jung
  80. Good Dick directed by Marianna Palka
  81. Grand Central directed by Rebecca Zlotowski
  82. Greener Grass directed by Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe
  83. Hail Satan? directed by Penny Lane
  84. The Handmaid’s Tale – S1E1 – “Offred” directed by Reed Morano
  85. Hannah Arendt directed by Margarethe von Trotta
  86. He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not / À la folie… pas du tout directed by Laetitia Columbani
  87. The Headless Woman / La mujer sin cabeza directed by Lucrecia Martel
  88. Helter Skelter / Herutâ sukerutâ directed by Mika Ninagawa
  89. Honey Boy directed by Alma Har’el
  90. The Hours with You / Las horas contigo directed by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
  91. How I Met Your Mother (episodes) directed by Pamela Fryman
  92. The Hungry directed by Bornila Chatterjee
  93. Hysteria directed by Tanya Wexler
  94. I Will Follow directed by Ava DuVernay
  95. In the Mirror of Maya Deren / Im Spiegel der Maya Deren directed by Martina Kudlácek
  96. Innocence directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic
  97. The Intervention directed by Clea DuVall
  98. The Invitation directed by Karyn Kusama
  99. It Felt Like Love directed by Eliza Hittman
  100. Jeune femme directed by Léonor Serraille
  101. John Tucker Must Die directed by Betty Thomas
  102. Kakera: A Piece of Our Life directed by Momoko Ando
  103. The Kids Are All Right directed by Lisa Cholodenko
  104. Labyrinth directed by Tiona Nekkia McClodden
  105. Laggies directed by Lynn Shelton
  106. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – S20E9 – “Mea Culpa” directed by Mariska Hargitay
  107. Let’s Talk About the Rain / Parlez-moi de la pluie directed by Agnès Jaoui
  108. Lionheart directed by Genevieve Nnaji
  109. Liz and the Blue Bird / Rizu to aoi tori directed by Naoko Yamada
  110. Love Education / Xiang ai xiang qin directed by Sylvia Chang
  111. Love, Nina directed by SJ Clarkson
  112. Lovely & Amazing directed by Nicole Holofcener
  113. Lovesong directed by So Yong Kim
  114. Luke Cage – S2E4 – “I Get Physical” directed by Salli Richardson-Whitfield
  115. The Lure / Córki dancingu directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska
  116. Made in Bangladesh directed by Rubaiyat Hossain
  117. Maggie’s Plan directed by Rebecca Miller
  118. Mary Kills People (episodes) directed by Holly Dale
  119. Mary Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rourke
  120. MDMA directed by Angie Wang
  121. Me and You and Everyone We Know directed by Miranda July
  122. Me Without You directed by Sandra Goldbacher
  123. Melody For A Street Organ / Melodiya dlya sharmanki directed by Kira Muratova
  124. Mike Nichols: American Masters directed by Elaine May
  125. Monsoon Wedding directed by Mira Nair
  126. Most Beautiful Island directed by Ana Asensio
  127. Mountain directed by Jennifer Peedom
  128. The Mourning Forest / Mogari no mori directed by Naomi Kawase
  129. Mouthpiece directed by Patricia Rozema
  130. The Mustang directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
  131. My Beautiful Broken Brain directed by Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland
  132. My Days of Mercy directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer
  133. My Life Without Me directed by Isabel Coixet
  134. Nancy directed by Christina Choe
  135. The Night Manager directed by Susanne Bier
  136. The Nightingale directed by Jennifer Kent
  137. 9-Man directed by Ursula Liang
  138. nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up directed by Tasha Hubbard
  139. North Country directed by Niki Caro
  140. Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix directed by Jennifer Proctor
  141. The Notorious Bettie Page directed by Mary Harron
  142. Novitiate directed by Maggie Betts
  143. Old Joy directed by Kelly Reichardt
  144. Old Man directed by Leah Shore
  145. On the Basis of Sex directed by Mimi Leder
  146. Open Hearts / Elsker dig for evigt directed by Susanne Bier
  147. Our Loved Ones / Les êtres chers directed by Anne Émond
  148. Outlander – S4E7 – “Down the Rabbit Hole” and S4E8 – “Wilmington” directed by Jennifer Getzinger
  149. Oxhide I / Niu pi directed by Jiayin Liu
  150. The Party’s Just Beginning directed by Karen Gillan
  151. Pleasure directed by Ninja Thyberg
  152. Plush directed by Catherine Hardwicke
  153. Portrait of a Lady On Fire / Portrait de la jeune fille en feu directed by Céline Sciamma
  154. Private Life directed by Tamara Jenkins
  155. The Proposal directed by Anne Fletcher
  156. The Punisher – S2E11 – “The Abyss” directed by Meera Menon
  157. The Queen of Versailles directed by Lauren Greenfield
  158. Queen Sugar – S3E1 – “A Rock, a River, a Tree” directed by DeMane Davis
  159. Radiogram directed by Rouzie Hassanova
  160. Rafiki directed by Wanuri Kahiu
  161. Rage directed by Sally Potter
  162. Raising Bertie directed by Margaret Byrne
  163. RBG directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West
  164. Real Women Have Curves directed by Patricia Cardoso
  165. Red Riding Hood directed by Catherine Hardwicke
  166. The Runaways directed by Floria Sigismondi
  167. Rust Creek directed by Jen McGowan
  168. Sami Blood / Sameblod directed by Amanda Kernell
  169. Samurai Chicks / Dokuritsu shôjo gurentai directed by Mari Asato
  170. Sarah Prefers to Run / Sarah préfère la course directed by Chloé Robichaud
  171. The Secret Life of Words directed by Isabel Coixet
  172. Send Me Home directed by Cassandra Evanisko
  173. Set It Up directed by Claire Scanlon
  174. Signature Move directed by Jennifer Reeder
  175. Sister / L’enfant d’en haut directed by Ursula Meier
  176. Sista in the Brotherhood directed by Dawn Jones Redstone
  177. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 directed by Sanaa Hamri
  178. Sisters in Law directed by Florence Ayisi and Kim Longinotto
  179. Sita Sings the Blues directed by Nina Paley
  180. Six Feet Under – S5E6 – “The Rainbow of Her Reasons” directed by
  181. Songs My Brothers Taught Me directed by Chloé Zhao
  182. The Souvenir directed by Joanna Hogg
  183. Star Trek: Discovery – S2E11 – “Perpetual Infinity” directed by Maja Vrvilo
  184. Suleiman Mountain / Sulayman too directed by Elizaveta Stishova
  185. Summertime / La belle saison directed by Catherine Corsini
  186. The Sun is Also a Star directed by Ry Russo-Young
  187. Supergirl – S2E3 – “Welcome to Earth” directed by Rachel Talalay
  188. Swingers directed by Pamela Tola
  189. Take Care of My Cat / Go-yang-i-leul boo-tak-hae directed by Jae-eun Jeong
  190. A Tale of Love and Darkness directed by Natalie Portman
  191. A Tale of Three Cities / San cheng ji directed by Mabel Cheung
  192. Tallulah directed by Sian Heder
  193. Things to Come / L’ Avenir directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
  194. 13th directed by Ava DuVernay
  195. 35 Shots of Rum / 35 rhums directed by Claire Denis
  196. This Time Tomorrow / Mañana a esta hora directed by Lina Rodriguez
  197. Tiny Furniture directed by Lena Dunham
  198. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before directed by Susan Johnson
  199. Touch directed by Lulu Wang
  200. Tru Love directed by Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald
  201. Tuca & Bertie – S1E1 – “The Sugar Bowl” directed by Amy Winfrey
  202. The Tuner / Nastroyshchik directed by Kira Muratova
  203. Twilight directed by Catherine Hardwicke
  204. Under the Skin of the City / Zir-e poost-e shahr directed by Rakhshan Banietemad
  205. Under the Tuscan Sun directed by Audrey Wells
  206. Vanity Fair directed Mira Nair
  207. Vessel by Diana Whitten
  208. Viva directed by Anna Biller
  209. The Voices directed by Marjane Satrapi
  210. Wadjda directed by Haifaa al-Mansour
  211. Waitress directed by Adrienne Shelly
  212. Wake directed by Bree Newsome
  213. The War Tapes directed by Deborah Scranton
  214. Water directed by Deepa Mehta
  215. Welcome to the Circus directed by Courtney Coulson
  216. Wendy and Lucy directed by Kelly Reichardt
  217. When They See Us directed by Ava DuVernay
  218. Where Do We Go Now? / Et maintenant on va où? directed by Nadine Labaki
  219. White Material directed by Claire Denis
  220. Wine Country directed by Amy Poehler
  221. Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins
  222. A Wrinkle in Time directed by Ava DuVernay
  223. Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea Arnold
  224. Yo! My Saint directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
  225. You, Me and Him directed by Daisy Aitkens
  226. Yours in Sisterhood directed by Irene Lusztig
  227. Zama directed by Lucrecia Martel

Stay tuned throughout 2020. More initiatives are on the way. Plus I DO hope you are already making plans for the September #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party. It’s the 6th annual!

There’s enormous power in where we put our attention. Mobilize your attention to help the world fall madly in love with films #DirectedbyWomen!

Barbara Ann O’Leary
Catalyst, #DirectedbyWomen