Equitable Cinematography: Director Lexi Alexander on the Politics of Focus

Lexi Alexander’s bio packs a punch. She was born in Germany, to a Palestinian father and German mother. She’s a former World Kickboxing Champion. She worked her way up from stuntwoman to Oscar-nominated director with her live-action short film Johnny Flynton, a drama about a boxer. Lexi studied at the Piero Dusa Acting Conservatory and traveled to Russia to study the Nikolai Demidov technique, before helming feature films including Green Street Hooligans, Marvel’s Punisher: War Zone, and Lifted. Her televisionRead more

For Interesting, Intelligent, Complicated Women: An Interview with Tammy Riley-Smith

by Mary Jo Watts Delicious is an extreme rarity. It’s a micro-budget independent film written, directed, and co-produced by a woman, Tammy Riley-Smith, starring a woman, Louise Brealey, about a woman named Stella who suffers from an eating disorder. In 2013 only 6% of the directors of the top 250 films were women. A paltry 11% of readily identifiable protagonists in those films were women. The interview that follows is largely about a film that both Tammy (obviously) and I bothRead more