Jessica Sanders Spotlights the Power of Female Filmmaking in 'Fox Directors'
Activist filmmaker Jessica Sanders showcases an incredible group of 20 accomplished female directors from around the world with the premiere of her inspiring short film “Fox Directors” on Refinery 29. Created in collaboration with Fox’s Inaugural Global Directing Initiative, Sanders’ film is a visual story that challenges the traditional gender-biased concept of “what a director looks like.”
As an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker and commercial director, Sanders brought her unique first-person insight to illuminate the directors’ work and their motivations as artists. A vast and varied array of creative exploration is perfectly presented with vignettes from their films, along with illustrative face-to-face confessionals.
In light of the ongoing initiatives and conversations about the unequal hiring practices and lack of opportunities for female filmmakers in Hollywood, Sanders’ piece serves to engage, educate and support inclusive filmmaking with so many talented voices and films that the world needs to know about and see.
Furthering her mission to change the gender bias, Sanders has partnered with Refinery29 to direct an original short film for their new programming slate ShatterBox Anthology. Previously Sanders’ comedic short film Bunion was included as part of Refinery29's 2015 New York Fashion Week tentpole event, followed by an exclusive online premiere.
Jessica Sanders enjoyed a career milestone when she was invited to join the Academy’s Class of 2016, a watershed year for the Academy’s inclusion of women and filmmakers of color. Sanders’ credits include the feature documentaries After Innocence (Sundance winner) and March of The Living. She was nominated for an Oscar for her work as a Producer on Sing, a documentary short which follows a community children’s chorus as it battles massive budget cuts in the arts. Her latest narrative feature film Picking Cotton based on the New York Times Best Selling book was awarded the Sloan Foundation grant at the Tribeca Film Festival to develop the project.
Directors featured in the film:
JENNIFER ARNOLD – The Diplomat, TableTop
SHAZ BENNETT – Alaska Is a Drag, Top of the Circle
BERT & BERTIE – Worm, Random Acts: Big Dance 2014
GABRIELA COWPERTHWAITE – Blackfish, City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story
MARTA CUNNINGHAM – Valentine Road
CHERIEN DABIS – May in the Summer, Amreeka
HANNAH FIDELL – A Teacher, We’re Glad You’re Here
SYDNEY FREELAND – Drunktown’s Finest
RACHEL LEE GOLDENBERG – Love at the Christmas Table, Escape from Polygamy
STEPH GREEN – Run & Jump, New Boy
MAGGIE KILEY – Dial a Prayer, Brightest Star
KIMBERLY LEVIN – Runoff
ISIDORA MARAS – I Am Not Lorena
ANJA MARQUARDT – She’s Lost Control
AMANDA MARSALIS – Echo Park
CATALINA AGUILAR MASTRETTA – The Hours With You
MEERA MENON – Farah Goes Bang
VANESSA PARISE – The Wedding Chapel, Jack and Jill vs. the World
JESSICA SANDERS – After Innocence, March of the Living, Bunion
SUSAN YOUSSEF – Habibi Rasak Kharban
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