“I’m drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there.”
– Kathryn BigelowTHE FIRST AND ONLY WOMAN TO WIN ‘BEST DIRECTOR’, FOR THE HURT LOCKER (2008) AT THE 82nd ACADEMY AWARDS.
Sleeping Lions seeks to shine a light on women who are changing the game in an arena where they rarely get to stand behind the lens. It will showcase filmmakers – whether they are household names who have been recognized for their mainstream success, rising ‘ones-to-watch’ whose latest work is premiering this year, or promising newcomers who are making waves with their debut – and reviews of recently-released films that are creating buzz or are deserving of attention, which were made by women, feature a female-driven story, or both.
This blog will focus on smaller, independent, or arthouse films, which have big talent in hidden gems, as well as female filmmakers of colour, who have been even more underrepresented and unrecognized in their field. It’s time to see more diverse stories on the big screen, by creators who have lived through those experiences behind the scenes, and for audiences who are eager to hear them.
“Authenticity is something that you feel, and if it doesn’t feel authentic, you pick up on it right away.”
Rachel Morrison –THE FIRST AND ONLY WOMAN TO RECEIVE A ‘BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY’ NOMINATION, FOR MUDBOUND (2017) IN THE 90th ACADEMY AWARDS.