To help people with their 52 Films By Women challenge this year I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favorite films directed by women that are easily accessible on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Keep in mind that this is in no way all of the films directed by women available on these services, but rather a selection of films I have seen and enjoy. There are also many more films available to rent on Amazon Video as well. Think of this as a jumping off point! Also if you have not taken the 52 Films By Women pledge yet you can do so here.
2017 was quite the film (and TV!) watching year for me. I got really obsessed with a lot of things and I watched more films this year than I have in a few years. After the cut you can see all 628 new-to-me films I watched (and you can read my monthly breakdowns here). This year was filled with a lot highlights both in terms of what I watched, but also places I visited and people I met. Here’s hoping 2018 will be even better!
You’re gonna look at this list after the cut and go “girl you watched how many movies???” and I’ll be like “so many movies!” Mostly silent movies because it’s that time of year:Pordenone Silent Film Festival! This year I watched a little over 200 films at Pordenone Silent counting films I’d seen before (with exactly 200 of them were new-to-me!). I also peppered in a few highly anticipated 2017 releases and a few more silents on FilmStruck (because they’re addicting!) As always, you can see all the films I saw in October, plus a breakdown of years (spoiler alert: about a third of them were from the 1910s!), after the cut.
TCMParty‘s Trevor Jost has written a few guest posts for the site in the past, so I was very excited when he asked if he could write about the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Since moving to LA last year I’ve missed like four events with that festival and it breaks my heart. I hope you enjoy reading Trevor’s take on the festival as much as I did!
In case you missed it on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter (I’m not sure how many of you just subscribe to these updates and don’t follow me elsewhere; and if that’s the case, why don’t you?!), I have been covering the 17th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival for YAM Magazine all weekend. Here are all my posts:
- The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival Begins Tonight
- The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival: Day 1
- The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival: Day 2
- The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival: Day 3
- The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival: Day 4
In conjunction with Kristen from SalesOnFilm and Trevor from AModernMusketeer, we are attempting to save the birthplace of silent film legend Harold Lloyd. Our hope is to have the place appointed a National Historic Place, but this takes money and time. We’ve got several events coming up in the next few months and we need all the help we can get. Please take a few minutes to “like” the Save the Harold Lloyd Birthplace page on Facebook, where you can read all about how you can help and we will add any and all updates about our progress. I’ve also designed a banner you can use to promote the cause on your blogs and websites:
Silent film has had a huge resurgence in popularity with the release of Hugo and The Artist, but with news like the impending destruction of Pickfair Studios in Hollywood, it’s clear its history is still being threatened. We can’t let this happen! Help us fight the good fight!