With a call for diversity and the future is being female, we have several women of color who are doing there best to work behind the scenes to bring attention to the talent behind the scenes. We composed a list of women of color filmmakers you should keep a special eye out for.
Sabaah Folayan picked up steam with her debut documentary “Whose Streets?” which premiered at Sundance earlier last year. In the vein of recent award-winners like “13th” and “I Am Not Your Negro,” Folayan creates a vital tribute to the Ferguson uprising and the activists at the forefront of America’s race war.
Nia DaCosta won the Nora Ephron Award at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year for her feature directorial debut “Little Woods,” starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James.
Zambian-Welsh director Rungano Nyoni has been a fixture on the film festival circuit for much of 2017 and 2018 thanks to her acclaimed directorial debut “I Am Not A Witch.” The drama first debuted at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2017 and most recently won admirers at Sundance earlier this year. At the 2018 BAFTAs in February, the film won Nyoni the prize for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.
Victoria Mahoney’s debut feature “Yelling to the Sky” premiered in 2011, but her work over the last year on television series “Queen Sugar” and “Seven Seconds” has given her a bigger platform to show her skills. Fortunately, enough people are noticing. Mahoney was announced as the second unit director for “Star Wars: Episode IX” under J.J. Abrams, making her the franchise’s first African-American woman to hold a directing title.
Nearly every indie filmmaker that gets called up by the studios after their first feature is a man, which makes Stella Meghie a winning exception. The Canadian filmmaker’s debut feature, the family drama “Jean of the Joneses,” premiered to great reviews at SXSW in 2016 and caught the eye of Warner Bros., who signed her to direct their adaptation of the popular Nicola Yoon novel “Everything, Everything.” The film was released this summer, making Meghie the only black woman to direct a wide-release film in 2017. It’s already grossed nearly $32 million opposite a $10 million budget.