Lina Plioplyte is a storyteller - a director and a camera person with an Emmy, a Silver Lion and a Clio in tow. She started her journey studying journalism in my native Lithuania then in Colorado. She then began working as a fashion video journalist for NYLON magazine in New York. For the last decade she has been shooting and directing commercials, short films, investigative journalism pieces and digital series content for The New Yorker, Viceland, A+E as well as brands and non profits, like Garnier and the ACLU. Her first feature length documentary, Advanced Style, played in theaters worldwide and was reviewed in the New York Times and The Guardian. She loves telling stories that inspire others to live better lives, and uplift women.Read More
Shahrzad Davani has been an assistant director and producer for over fifteen years, working with celebrated directors such as Ana Lily Amirpour on A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night, James Gunn (Super) , Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste and Jesse Forever & The Vicious Kind), Shira Piven (Welcome to Me), Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship), Jeff Baena (Little Hours) and most recently with Janicza Bravo on Zola. Movies that Sheri has worked on have premiered at Sundance, TIFF, and so on.
She is now embarking on the next phase of her career as a director and one of her upcoming films includes Bad Status, a comedy that she co-wrote.Read More
Anu Valia is an Indiana-born, New York-schooled filmmaker whose award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her short film, LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER, won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance Film Festival and has screened at over 30 festivals around the world.
Anu is developing her debut feature, WE STRANGERS, which is supported by Cinereach, Sundance Institute, Women in Film, Tribeca Institute, IFP, and the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab. She's currently finishing up a series of short films tentatively titled MATTERS OF CHANCE, produced by BRIC TV, Warner Media's ONEFIFTY program, and Irony Point.
Anu has directed episodes for Comedy Central's THE OTHER TWO, created by former SNL head writers Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly and BET's FIRST WIVES CLUB, created by GIRLS TRIP writer, Tracy Oliver. She is the Director and Executive Producer of Adult Swim's, SOFT FOCUS WITH JENA FRIEDMAN.
Anu is a Big Vision Empty Wallet 2018 fellow, a New York Film Festival 2017 Artist Academy Fellow, and an artist resident of SPACE at Ryder Farm in New York. She is also an ambassador for the American Film Showcase, a U.S film diplomacy program promoting arts involvement and education abroad.Read More
Meet KRISTINA NIKOLOVA DALIO, a New York based writer-director-DP, who talks about her next film, and being on set while nine months pregnant.Read More
Episode 2 of the Filmmaker Files: Meet SONEJUHI SINHA a writer-director based out of Brooklyn.Read More
Welcome to honto88’s first installment of the Filmmaker Files, where we interview filmmakers we love. Launching today, which coincidentally happens to be International Women’s Day... Not that we planned that, or anything.Read More
While putting together our roundup of amazing, incredible, talented female academy award winners this morning - it was hard not to notice how small the list was. How on point was presenter, Natalie Portman, announcing, “here are the all-male nominees” at the 2018 awards? So as a fun game we played, we imagined that in another world, hopefully some day not too far off, announcing ourselves, “Here are the all female nominees!”
Take a look a 10 incredibly talented female directors who produced excellent work that was also eligible for the Awards show last night.
Alice Rohrwacher, Director of Happy as Lazzaro
Chloe Zao, Director, of The Rider.
Christina Choe, Director of Nancy.
Debra Granik, Director of Leave No Trace.
Karyn Kusama, Director of The Destroyer
Lynne Ramsay, Director of You Were Never Really Here
Marie Heller, Director of Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Nadine Labaki, Director of Caepernaum
Nia Dacosta, Director of Little Woods
Sara Colangelo, Director of The Kindergarten Teacher
Congratulations to all the amazing women who won last night! Congratulations on work well done! As fellow filmmakers and collaborators, we can’t wait to see what you do next.
Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Song
Melissa Berton & Rayka Zehtabchi
Best Documentary Short, “Period.End of Sentence“
Domee Shi & Becky Neiman-Cobb
Best Animated Short, “Bao“
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Best Documentary Feature
Ruth E. Carter
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design
What a year this has been!! Below are just a few of the world-changing events, including unsettling incidents, that happened in 2018. (Don’t worry this list is not all doom and gloom! ):
A junior football team got stuck in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand, and were saved after 17 days
The World Cup took place in Russia, with France as the victor and it seems that half the world's population was watching!
The yellow vests movement prompted some of the worst civil unrest in France
South Asians actually came together to support Priyanka Chopra when The Cut published an infamous (and since deleted) article about her nuptials.
The Supreme Court in India passed a law decriminalizing homosexuality, while the largest statue in the world, of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, costing $430 mm was revealed in Gujarat
Not great news out of the White House - From issues around immigration and family separation, from Iran sanctions to peace talks with North Korea and China everything. Good thing there aren't any Glassdoor reviews for that work space... or are there?
An increase of 1.5 °C regarding global warming prompted great fear, and 200 countries agreed on the 2015 Paris Agreement at the Katowice Climate Change Conference, where the Dalai Lama said: Climate change is not a concern of just one or two nations. It is an issue that affects all humanity, and every living being on this earth. This beautiful place is our only home. We have to take serious action now to protect our environment and find constructive solutions to global warming.
Worldwide efforts have been launched to reduce plastic pollution
The Oxford Dictionary revealed an extensive list of new (and surprising!) words
The world bid adieu to: Stephen Hawking, Aretha Franklin, Stan Lee, Anthony Bourdain, VS Naipaul, Winnie Mandela, John McCain, George HW and Barbara Bush, Húbert de Givenchy, Kate Spade, Milos Foreman, Sridevi, Penny Marshall, Kofi Annan, Paul Allen and Avicii, amongst others
What this year showcases is that people are standing up for what and who they believe in. Climate change is real. Great journalism isn't dead but journalists have been targeted. We need to protect women. We need to spend wisely (as there's a recession a-brewing in 2019). Essentially, we have a lot of work to do.
We at honto88 wish you and yours a healthy, restful, and gratitude-filled holiday season. Together, let's kickstart things this year with unapologetic enthusiasm, tireless striving, and infinite love and kindness.
We are ready for you, 2019!