As you probably remember, I spent 2015 only watching films directed by women (save for Noirvember, where I watched films that were written by women), and although I still have one new-to-me film I’m going to watch this afternoon, it’s time to post my favorite 2015 releases. Last year I watched 67 “new” releases; this year I watched 66 (and I missed/skipped a few films). People talk a lot about the small number of female directors working today, but the key thing is that they are working and we can support them. I live in Los Angeles, so I was able to see a lot of films that I know don’t make it to other markets, but I also watched a lot of these new releases on VOD – and that’s something you can do anywhere in the USA. I urge everyone to take up Women In Film – Los Angeles’ #52FilmsByWomen challenge in 2016 and put their money where their mouth is! That said, you can see all 66 new films I watched here and tomorrow I will be posting both an end-of-the-month wrap up for December and an end of the year post, so look out for those! And now, without further ado, here are my Favorite Fifteen Films of 2015!
June was kind of a hectic month, with traveling and family visiting, so my new-to-me watching was kind of low (but I *am* two films away from 5000 new-to-me films ever, so that’s pretty sweet). I did, however, write a great guide to female filmmakers for Dazed and Confused Magazine, guested on the Battleship Pretension Podcast and was interviewed by Authoright (skip to page 16), so all and all it was a good month. As always, my thoughts on a few choice favorites, as well as a list of everything I watched this month can be found after the cut.
Nina Simone: I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself. That to me is my duty and at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when every day is a matter of survival, I don’t think I can help but be involved. Young people, black and white, know this, and so that’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mold this country, or it will not be molded or shaped at all anymore. So, I don’t think you have a choice. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?