While the trend of reboots and sequels will continue next year, you can also look forward a slate of original films you’ll actually want to see. Here is our list of the top 10 films to look forward to in 2017.
Kimberly Peirce was writing her college film thesis about a female soldier dressed in drag during the American Civil War when she read an article about Brandon Teena. Teena was a transgender male who was murdered after locals in his small Nebraska town found out about his gender history. Peirce shifted her thesis and created a short film about Brandon Teena, interviewing his family members and residents of the town, and attending the murder trial of the suspects. Peirce’s short film was so well-received that it was made into a full-length feature film. Boys Don’t Cry wowed critics and won several awards, including an Academy Award for Hilary Swank, who played Teena.
Amy Heckerling is one of the most successful female film directors of our time, making her mark early in her career with Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Her most successful film, Clueless, which she wrote and directed, was her favorite. In casting her movies she looked for the actor that would perfectly embody her vision [...]
In 2013 Laura Poitras received encrypted emails promising revelations of secret United States government surveillance. She flew with reporter Glenn Greenwald to Hong Kong to meet whistleblower Edward Snowden. The events that transpired became her Academy Award winning documentary Citizenfour. Poitras filmed Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel for nearly a month. When she suspected she was being followed she left Hong Kong for Berlin. In fear that the footage would be lost in the United States, Poitras edited the footage in Berlin until it was ready for release at the New York Film Festival in 2014. The Guardian and The Washington Post jointly received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2014, for their coverage of Snowdon's part in leaking secret documents, revealing the scope of the NSA's surveillance program, which was featured in CitizenFour.
- Visiting Filmmaker Tamra Davis | Wexner Center for the Arts | The Ohio State University | Photo: Jay LaPrete
Tamra Davis began working in film while participating in an apprenticeship at production studio American Zoetrope, where they were working on Francis Ford Coppola’s film, One From the Heart. It was Coppola himself who suggested Davis attend college. After graduating from Los Angeles City College, Davis built her reputation directing creative and edgy music videos for popular bands including Black Flag, Sonic Youth, and N.W.A. She has directed eight films, her biggest commercial success being the 1995 film Billy Madison. In spite of receiving mostly scathing reviews, Billy Madison developed a cult following.