The upcoming Nashville Film Festival will be marked by a statistic that surprised its organizers: this year, more selected films than ever were made by female directors.
Artistic director Brian Owens says his team didn’t solicit more women to enter, and they didn’t pick movies according to any sort of filmmaker demographics. It just happened that way.
“I noticed it as the lineup was taking shape," Owens says. "When the documentary lineup had finalized I was like, there’s some strong female filmmakers here.”