"For years I am and always have been looking out for girls to idealize because they are things to look up to, because they are perfect," (Diana Vreeland) wrote in her diary. But since she had never discovered "that girl or that woman," she announced, "I shall be that girl.”
Pull the trigger
- Q: What advice could you offer other female directors?
- Francesca: To pull the trigger and make your work. Find a story that inspires you, write a story that inspires you and shoot it. Especially now that there are so many cheap digital cameras, there’s no excuse for not making work. Not to mention that I think it’s critical that more women make films, because it is such a powerful medium. So, if we are not actively telling our story with our voices as seen through our eyes, then we will just have words put in our mouth and be seen singly through the eyes of men, which is not an accurate portrayal of who we are. So, beyond our own personal need for expression or personal ambition, I think being a female filmmaker is of service in terms of leaving behind a more accurate portrayal of who we are.