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On Women in Filmmaking: Film Critic Dede Crimmins

Who are some of your favorite female filmmakers, and in what ways do you think they have shaped or changed the industry? As a horror fan and critic, I’ve always admired Debra Hill. She worked closely with John Carpenter, and deserves just as much credit for shaping the slasher subgenre as he gets. I also have always loved Chantal Akerman and Maya Deren. The impact of these two women on non-narrative and arthouse cinema is tremendous, and film as an art form is much different today than it would be if they never picked up a camera. Currently, the major genre directors coming up in horror and weird cinema are women. Ana Lily Amirpour, Jennifer Kent, Karyn Kusama, and Julia Ducournau are all do

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