Women Filmmakers Who Are Killing It

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

When we think of Hollywood, we think of the glitz and glam. We look forward to seeing some of our favorite actors and actresses in the most notable cinemas, and we are in awe of their beauty and performances. The question is, do we ever think of the people behind the cameras? Most likely not, but they definitely deserve praise. After all, they are behind some of our favorite movies!

It is important to shed light on a few filmmakers and creators in Hollywood that stand out, but not just any creators, FEMALE creators! While female producers have been present in the film industry, the number of representatives is low. Today, however, women producers are killing it and this should not go unnoticed. Let’s take a look at some of the women who deserve every ounce of recognition.

Ava Duvernay

Ava Duvernay is an African American filmmaker genius. She was once a publicist who owned a public relations agency for many years before becoming the creator she is today. Her most recent work includes the Netflix mini-series When They See Us. The Emmy winning series, as reported by Netflix, had been watched on over 23 million accounts within a month of its release. Other notable works include Selma and A Wrinkle in Time.

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee is another producer in Hollywood absolutely killing it. Her box office sales for Frozen and Frozen 2 alone make her stand out as a powerful force behind the scenes. In fact, Frozen 2 earned more than $1 billion at the box office, becoming the top-grossing animated film of all time. Might I add, she is the first female director to reach this milestone, as well as the first female director of a Walt Disney Animation Studios movie.

Shonda Rhimes

Have you ever heard of the powerful hit series Grey’s Anatomy? What about Scandal? If not, you might want to come out from under your rock. These famous series were created by Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes has been slaying the game for over 15 years by having a long-standing series on ABC. She also recently signed a $150 million deal with Netflix. I think it's safe to say Rhimes is definitely making a statement in Hollywood.

Anna Boden

Anna Boden is best known for co-writing the 2006 film, Half Nelson and collaborating on the Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel. The film passed the $1 billion mark in box office sales, making history as it was the first female-led superhero movie to do so. What a great impression for women filmmakers! Keep doing you, Anna.

Issa Rae

Issa Rae is the showrunner on and off camera for her Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award-nominated show Insecure. Issa started out with a YouTube series called The Awkward Black Girl. Issa has continued to grow as she has been seen co-starring and taking lead roles in films, appearing on magazine covers and frequently appearing in the media. She hopes to make a statement for the inclusion of more women of color in the film industry.

After examining this list, we can all agree that women are working to be driving forces in a male-dominated industry. There is power in numbers - from box office revenues, viewership, huge deals, and award nominations - these women are making a statement and that is to give us something to be hopeful for in the film industry. These women are definitely killing it in Hollywood! Have any leading ladies to add? Hit us up at @thisisuproar on Instagram to let us know.

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