BIFF Honors International Women’s Day

By March 8, 2021March 18th, 2021Newsletters

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES WOMEN IN FILM ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
The Berkshire International Film Festival is proud to celebrate women in film on International Women’s Day. Throughout our 15 years, BIFF has highlighted an extraordinary number of talented, brave, compassionate, brilliant, funny and passionate female filmmakers, so we thought we would share them with you today! We have been honored to bring their stories to our community and we praise them for enriching our lives. Cheers to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. #internationalwomensday #womenempowerment #womeninfilm
Greta Gerwig in FRANCES HA, 2013
2006
Sarah Watt, LOOK BOTH WAYS
Amy Seplin, 51 BIRCH STREET
Barbara Willis Sweete, FIVE DAYS IN SEPTEMBER
Anne Makepeace, RAIN IN A DRY LAND
Nina Rosenblum, ZAHIRA’S PEACE
Kimberlee Aquero, Stacy Sherman, GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA

2007
Zoe Cassavetes, BROKEN ENGLISH
Stacy Cochran, DROP BACK TEN
Dana Vavrova, THE LAST TRAIN
Cathryn Davis Zommer, FULLY AWAKE: BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
Melanie Perkins, HAVE YOU SEEN ANDY
Nuria Olive-Belles, INVISIBLE WINGS
Andrea Ulbrick, NERVES OF STEEL
Faith Morgan, THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
Barbara Willis Sweete, FALLING DOWN STAIRS, A TALE OF TANGLEWOOD: PETER GRIMES REBORN
Meena Nanji, VIEW FROM A GRAIN OF SAND
Andrea Nix Fine, WAR/DANCE
Jessica Daniels, Corinne Kelly, CYCLE UNKNOWN
Lori Benson, DEAR TALULAH
Julia Kots, NATURALIZED

2008
Krisztina Goda, CHILDREN OF GLORY
Courtney Hunt, FROZEN RIVER
Florence Vignon, THE GROCER’S SON
Dee McLachlan, THE JAMMED
Amy French, JUAN FRANCES LIVE
Birgit Moller, VALERIE
Nicole Kassell, THE WOODSMAN
Nanette Burnstein, AMERICAN TEEN
Karen Gehres, BEGGING NAKED
Irena Salina, FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER
Sara Lukinson, GARRISON KEILLOR: THE MAN ON THE RADIO IN THE RED TENNIS SHOES
Kim Shively, WESLEY WILLIS’S JOYRIDES
Susan Cinoman, LOVE AND CLASS IN CONNECTICUT
Treva Wurmfeld, OYSTER
Arlene Cullum, BULB
Fioina Kissane, CHERRIES

2009
*Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler, WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE
Anne Fontaine, THE GIRL FROM MONACO
Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver, MOTHERHOOD
Gina O’Brien, ONCE MORE WITH FEELING
Dia Sokol, Lauren Veloski, SORRY, THANKS
Alexandra Weltmeer, ALONE IN FOUR WALLS
Cynthia Wade, FREEHELD
Melissa Hubbard, THE GLASS HOUSE
Lexy Lovell, THE GOOD SOLDIER
Wendy Keys, MILTON GLASER: TO INFORM AND DELIGHT
Tana Ross, Freke Vuijst, POET OF POVERTY
Jennifer Grausman, PRESSURE COOKER
Pamela Yates, THE RECKONING
Melora Donoghue, PRETTY DEAD FLOWERS
Julia Kots, FORGET MY NAME
Melissa Auf der Maur, OUT OF OUR MINDS
Isabel Munoz, EN TRANSITO
Marie Benito, EN DESEO

2010
*Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK
Patricia Clarkson, Honoree
Rubba Nådda, CAIRO TIME
Suzi Yoonessi, DEAR LEMON LIMA
Shari Springer Berman, THE EXTRA MAN
Barbara Alberti, I AM LOVE
Sophie Deraspe, LES SIGNES VITAUX
Sarah Watt, MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX
Melanie Dimantas, OLHOS AZUIS
Cheryl Dunye, THE OWLS
Catherine Spear, SHINE OF RAINBOWS
Emily Abt, TOE TO TOE
Lucy Walker, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO
Tamra Davis, JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD
Anne Again, MY NEIGHBOR, MY KILLER
Laura Poitras, THE OATH
Jenny Stein, PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME
Sandy Cioffi, Jill Friedberg, Leslye Wood, SWEET CRUDE
Anne Linsel, TANZTRAUME
Cathryn Collins, VLAST
Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, WASTE LAND
Stephanie Wang-Breal, WO AI NI MOMMY
Ellen Weisbrod, Melissa Powell, A WOMAN LIKE THAT
Miranda Nation, TRAMPOLINE
Lindsay Goodall, ARCHIVE OF DREAMS
Julia McLean, FINGER TRAP
Julie Tortorici, MILESTONE
Julia Kots, Jessica Provenz, NOTHING HAPPENED
Maggie Kiley, SOME BOYS DON’T LEAVE
Jessica Daniels, Dasha Snyder, SPEED GRIEVING

2011
*Kate Novack, PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES
Cindy Meehl, Julie Goldman, BUCK
Allie Dvorin, A NOVEL ROMANCE
Marja-Lewis Ryan, FOUR-FACED LIAR
Anne Sewitsky, HAPPY, HAPPY
Alethea Root, PART TIME FABULOUS
Pamela Yates, GRANITO
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Jessica Congdon, MISS REPRESENTATION
Laura Israel, WINDFALL
Lyn Hershman Leeson, !WOMAN ART REVOLUTION
Susan Edwards, THE WORK OF 1000
Cynthia Wade, BORN SWEET
Rory Kennedy, KILLLING IN THE NAME
Karen Goodman, STRANGERS NO MORE
Anne Makepeace, WE STILL LIVE HERE
Jana Prchalova, MONDO’S SEARCH FOR THE SUN

2012
*Rory Kennedy, Sheila Nevins, Nancy Abraham, ETHEL
Sheila Nevins, Nancy Abraham, MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT
Julie Delpy, 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK
Heide Schwochow, CRACKS IN THE SHELL
Jennifer Bevoldere, THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART
Brigitte Marie Bertele, Johanna Stuttmann, DER BRAND
Sarah Koskoff, HELLO I MUST BE GOING
Susan Jacobson, THE HOLDING
Ry Russo-Young, Lena Dunham, NOBODY WALKS
Anne Emond, NUIT #1
Lynn Shelton, YOUR SISTER’S SISTER
Alison Klayman, Julie Goldman, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
Sascha Rice, Laura Nix, Julia Mintz, Hilary Armstrong, Erin O’Malley, Katherine Ripley, Zora A. Wolter CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND
Susan Froemke, ESCAPE FIRE: THE FIGHT TO RESCUE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE
Bess Kargman, Rose Caiola, Besss Kargman, Jennilyn Merten, FIRST POSITION
Tracie Holder, Karen Thorsen, Julia Mintz, JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS
Beth Levinson, Laura Brownson, LEMON
Lauren Greenfield, Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Rebecca Horn Black, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES
Karin Hayes, Victoria Bruce, WE’RE NOT BROKE
Sarah-Violet Bliss, PRICELESS THINGS
Daria Belova, BALLET STORY
Saba Riazi, WIND IS BLOWING ON MY STREET
Cynthia Wade, MONDAYS AT RACINE
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy- SAVING FACE
Lucy Gray, GENEVIEVE GOES BOATING

2013
Greta Gerwig, FRANCES HA
Hannah Fidell, A TEACHER
Julie Delpy, BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Eliza Hittman, IT FELT LIKE LOVE
Ursula Meier, SISTER
Audrey Ewell, 99% – THE OCCUPY WALL STREET COLLABORATIVE FILM
Lana Wilson, Martha Shane, AFTER TILLER
Judith Lit, AFTER WINTER, SPRING
Gabrela Cowperthwaite, BLACKFISH
Lucy Walker, CRASH REEL
Chiemi Karasawa, ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME
Anna Fitch, GENIUS OF MARIAN
Kathy McCabe, Jess Lawson, GOOD OL’ FREDA
Lotti Pharriss Knowles, Taryn Teigue, I AM DIVINE
Farihah Zaman, Ilene Kahn Power, Jessica Rogers, REMOTE AREA MEDICAL
Ashley Chiles, TEXAS HUNTRESS
Sarah Cook, TRANSCENDING FEAR
Marta Cunningham, Sasha Alpert, Sheila Nevins, VALENTINE ROAD
Maiken Baird, Michelle Major, VENUS AND SERENA
Genevieve Clay, Robin Bryan, THE INTERVIEWER
Ana Lily Amirpour, Jalina Dyrschka, A LITTLE SUICIDE
Jude Roth, Heather de Michele, Reena Dutt, EL DOCTOR
Ainslie Henderson, IT’S ABOUT SPENDING TIME TOGETHER, I AM TOM MOODY
Kate Marks, Tzipora Kaplan, Kathleen Reinbold, PEARL WAS HERE
Lauren Ambrose, THE RIVER
Suha Araj, Lydia Khoury, THE CUP READER
Jenni Gold, CINEMABILITY
Lynne Cherry, LONGING FOR A LOCAL LUNCH
Anna Martemucci, PERIODS.

2014
*Cherien Dabas, MAY IN THE SUMMER
Juliana Lembi, Nancy Schafer, BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
Sarah-Violet Bliss- FORT TILDEN
Julia Morrison, FRANK AND ASHA
Kat Candler, HELLION
Leigh Janice, HONEYMOON
Megan Griffiths, Caroline Sherman, LUCKY THEM
Valeria Golina, MIELE
Gillian Robespiere, OBVIOUS CHILD
Reem Kherici, PARIS OR PERISH
Laurie Aubanel, PAULETTE
Catriona McKenzie, SATELLITE BOY
Pamela Yates, DISRUPTION
Cindy Meehl, DOGS IN THE INSIDE
Katy Shevigny, Marilyn Ness, Sierra Pettengill, E-TEAM
Iva Radivojevic, Laura Poitras, EVAPORATING BORDERS
Kate Geis, PAUL TAYLOR CREATIVE DOMAIN
Abby Ginzberg, SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACHS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA
Farihah Zaman, THIS TIME NEXT YEAR
Jennifer M. Kroot, TO BE TAKEI
Stephanie Wang-Breal, TOUGH LOVE
Beth Harrington, Amy Harrington, Nancy Harrington, THE WINDING STREAM
Mischa Jakupcak, THE HERO POSE
Hazuki, Aikawa, REFLECTION
Elizabeth Lennard, EDITH WHARTON: THE SENSE OF HARMONY

2015
*E. Chai Vasarhelyi, MERU
Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bernadine Colish, PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT
Karen Allen, BAD HURT
Anne Fontaine, GEMMA BOVERY
Rania Attieh, H.
Alexis Durand Brault, Sophie Lorain, Catherine Leger, LE PETITE REINE: DOWNFALL OF A CHAMPION
Sarah Adina Smith, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM
Anna Muylaert, THE SECOND MOTHER
Leslye Headland, SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE
Maria Ripoli, Anna Soler-Pont, TRACES OF SANDELWOOD
Roberta Grossman, Sophie Sartain, ABOVE AND BEYOND
Cheryl Furjanic, Karen K. H. Sim, BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS
Madeleine Grant, ThE BACKWARDS CLASS
Anne Birkenstock, BELTRACCHI- THE ART OF FORGERY
Julie Goldman, BEST OF ENEMIES
Laura Gabbert, CITY OF GOLD
Alexandria Bombach, FRAME BY FRAME
Sharon Shattuck, Brooke Brewer, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD
Alexandra Shiva, HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO
Crystal Moselle, THE WOLFPACK
Clare Seckler, HUMPTY
Bigna Tomschin, BLUE BLUE SKY
Ainslie Henderson, MONKEY LOVE EXPERIMENTS
Suha Araj, PIONEER HIGH
Sharon Liese, Cynthia Wade, Samantha Hake, THE GNOMIST
Marina Zurkow, MESOCOSM
Sarah Tale, Lisa F. Jackson, GRAZERS: A COOPERATIVE STORY
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Jessica Congdon, THE MASK YOU LIVE IN
Pamela Tanner Boll, Nancy Kennedy, A SMALL GOOD THING
Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, Stacey Reiss, IT’S ME, HILARY: THE MAN WHO DREW ELOISE
Kelly Carty, THE PAPER TRAIL

2016
*Caitrin Rogers, MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE
Karen Allen, A YEAR BY THE SEA
Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis, Lisa Kjerulff, THE FITS
Sara Isabella Johnson Vedde, GOLD COAST
Elisabeth Sharang, JACK
Marie Belhomme, MUSICAL CHAIRS
Leena Yadav, PARCHED
Catherine Tambini, ART AND HEART: THE WORLD OF ISAIAH SHEFFER
Kirsten Jonhson, Marilyn Ness, Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker, CAMERAPERSON
Kristi Zea, EVERYBODY KNOWS…ELIZABETH MURRAY
Kim A. Snyder, NEWTOWN
Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU
Penny Lane, NUTS!
Pamela Yates, REBEL CITIZEN
Dawn Porter, TRAPPED
Anaelle Morf, JEWISH BLIND DATE
Lisanne Sartor, SIX LETTER WORD
Brenda Ray, BIG T
Betsy Hershey, TODAY IS THE DAY
Lisa Kenner Grissom, TATOO YOU

2017
*Amanda Lipitz, STEP
Alicia Slimmer, CREEDMORIA
Maysaloun Hamoud, BAR BAHAR
Stephaine Di Giusto, Sarah Thibau, THE DANCER
Gillian Robespierre, Elisabeth Holm, LANDLINE
Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, LOST IN PARIS
Anne Emond, Nelly Arcan, NELLY
Amanda Kernell, SAMI BLOOD
Delphine and Muriel Coulin, THE STOPOVER
Lisa Ohlin, Karina Dam, WALK WITH ME
Mindy Elliot, A PLASTIC OCEAN
Laura Dunn, LOOK AND SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY
Catherine Bainbridge, RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD
Neasa Ni Chianain, SCHOOL LIFE
Lara Stolman, SWIM TEAM
Joan Kron, TAKE MY NOSE…PLEASE!
Barbara Kopple, THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS
Anne Makepeace, TRIBAL JUSTICE
Jennifer Kroot, THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN
Jennifer Brea, UNREST
Sabaah Folayan, WHOSE STREETS?
Gloria Cheng, MONTAGE: GREAT FILM COMPOSERS AND THE PIANO
Heather Condo, MY FATHER’S TOOLS
Helene Moltke-Leth- RUNNING THROUGH LIFE
Kat Coiro, WIG SHOP
Eileen O’Meara, PANIC ATTACK
Karen Allen, A TREE, A ROCK, A CLOUD
Kristi Zea, A DOMESTIC DILEMMA

2018
*Katherine Butler, Mary Jane Skalsi, AMERICAN ANIMALS
Rachel Weisz, Honoree, DISOBEDIENCE
Alethea Root, MUMBET
Caryn Capotosto, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander, GRIT
Natalia Beristain, THE ETERNAL FEMININE
Roxy Toporowych, JULIE, BLUE
Hannah Fidell, THE LONG DUMB ROAD
Susanna White, WOMAN WALKS AHEAD
Elan Bogarin, 306 HOLLYWOOD
Susan Bedusa, BREWMASTER
Kimberly Reed, DARK MONEY
Dana Adam Shapiro, Carra Greenberg, Stacey Reiss, DAUGHTERS OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION:THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE DALLAS COWBOY CHEERLEADERS
Kate Novack, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE
Lorena Luciano, IT WILL BE CHAOS
Lisa Dapolito, LOVE, GILDA
Cornelia Ravenal, MOVING STORIES
Alexandria Bombach, ON HER SHOULDERS
Susanna Styron, OUT OF MY HEAD, HOUSE OF TEETH
Alexandra Shiva, THIS IS HOME: A REFUGEE STORY
Jeannie Donohue, GAME
Julie Neumann, DEPORTING MYSELF
Celine Held, BABS
Megan Miller, SURVIING NEW YORK
Michela Smith, FLY LADY FLY
Madeleine Ours, COOLPOOL
Kristen Davila, EMERGENCY
Lisanne Sartor, HEMLICH
Rebecca Panian, YOU’RE WELCOME
Karen Turner, THE SILENT
Susan Bay Nimoy, EVE
Veena Rao, REBULDING IN MINIATURE
Olympia Stone, Joy Becker, DOUBLE TAKE: THE ART OF ELIZABETH KING

2019
Julie Bertuccelli, CLAIRE DARLING
Lulu Wang, THE FAREWELL
Claire McCarthy, Semi Chellas, OPHELIA
Stacey Reiss, THE PERFECTION
Ani Simon-Kennedy, THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD
Brittany Poulton, THEM THAT FOLLOW
Nicole Taylor, WILD ROSE
Julia Reichert, AMERICAN FACTORY
Cindy Meehl, DOG DOC
Bonnie Hawthorne, DREAMING OF A VETTER WORLD
Jenifer McShane, ERNIE AND JOE
Tamara Kotevska, HONEYLAND
Barbara Kopple, NEW HOMELAND
Nanfu Whang, Jialing Zhang, ONE CHILD NATION
Abby Epstein, WEED THE PEOPLE
Emilie McDonald, CHURROS
Samantha Sanders, BALLHAWKS
Andrea Pallanza, NOWHEN
Yasmin Rai, MY MOTHER TOLD ME
Brenda Zlamany, Laure Sullivan, 100/100
Sarah T. Schwab, “A” MY NAME IS
Taylor Nagel, Julia Lindon, LADY LIBERTY
Joan Stein Schimke, SAAED
Michela M. Smith, TECHNICALLY IN LOVE
Guro Elvik Strand, FROZEN MEMORIES

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