What’s a Cinefille?
Cinephile: A lover of cinema, film theory and film criticism.
Cinefille: A girl or woman as devoted to feminism as she is to cinema, film theory and film criticism.
Scorsese. Tarantino. Spielberg. Kubrick. Cameron. Even in the modern movie world, the white, mature, male filmmaker is king.
Well-known female filmmakers, while certainly not non-existent (hey there, Kathryn Bigelow!), are not given the same power or recognition as their male counterparts. And when they do get opportunities, they do not always get the credit they deserve (hey there, Ava DuVernay!). Cinefilles is an attempt to give female film and television artists of all kinds (behind the lens and in front of it) that credit, whether they are just starting out and trying to make their name, or well-known, but underappreciated. This includes our entire staff, which is made up of female film and TV lovers (a.k.a. cinefilles!) from across the world.
We are not here to discount male efforts in the industry, but to celebrate women’s work. We want to talk to and about people that are helping to cultivate equality and destroy stereotypes. We want to discuss how we can all be a part of this effort, even just from the comfort of our local movie theatre or our trusty couch.
We recognize that there are other groups, or intersecting groups, that are also undervalued and warrant our attention including independent and international screen artists of a variety of races, sexualities, genders and backgrounds. We want to support them as well, as this is a struggle we all share. Together, we can enact real–make that reel!–change.