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which underappreciated women in film — both in front of and behind the camera — deserve a shoutout?

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This week’s Question comes from Matt, who writes:

It seems like more women are hitting it big in some movie fields like film editors and cinematographers than the directors, composers and writers.

Maybe have a thread where such personnel deserve a shout-out, like the late Shirley Walker (composer) and Dede Allen (editor). Those two especially deserve attention for their contributions to film and TV.

I’m a big movie fan, as you might imagine, but even I would have trouble naming most people working behind the camera who aren’t writers or directors… so I suspect that plenty of others of you would have the same trouble. (Pictured here is Thelma Schoonmaker, one of the few film editors I’m aware of, not because she’s a woman but because she’s Martin Scorsese’s longtime collaborator. She’s not exactly underappreciated, though.) So we’ll open up the question a little:

Which underappreciated women in film — both in front of and behind the camera — deserve a shoutout? And perhaps there’s some discussion to be had in Matt’s thesis: Are more women are hitting it big in areas other than directing and writing?

Laud away.

(If you have a suggestion for a Question, feel free to email me.)


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