Women directors growing presence at Tribeca Film Festival

Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:15am EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Women directors are making their mark at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, crafting entries such as a psychological thriller about a person's disappearance, a look at a same-sex couple's rights and a story about sisters.

Twenty-six feature films, about a quarter of the total to be presented during the two-week festival, are by women directors, including the first feature film by a female Saudi filmmaker shot entirely in her country.

Although the number is still small compared to male directors, festival organizers said women's participation has been growing annually.

"Women have always played prominent roles and creative roles in the film industry. As far as directing, it seems more women are taking on that role," said Genna Terranova, the vice president of programming at the festival.

The choice of films at this year's festival that runs through April 28 is as varied as the women themselves.

In "The Moment," a mystery starring Jennifer Jason Lee as a photojournalist in a fragile mental state following the disappearance of her lover, director and co-writer Jane Weinstock examines relationships and recovery.

Linda Bloodworth Thomason, a television writer and producer who financed her film through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter, chronicles the story of a gay man after his partner's death in "Bridegroom."

In her first feature film, writer-director Jenee LaMarque focuses on the bond between sisters in "The Pretty One."   Continued...

A woman walks past a logo displayed on a red carpet on the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson