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#WeFilm: Celebrating a New Generation of Filmmakers

At Great Big Story, we know that storytelling needs a whole range of voices. That’s why we started #WeFilm, a movement to celebrate storytellers who challenge misconceptions in filmmaking. This week, some of the creatives responsible for your favorite Great Big Stories discuss the challenges that female filmmakers face behind the lens.

This is #WeFilm, a new generation of voices. We are here to be heard. We are here to create. We are here to represent. We film.

#WeFilm Q+A: Sheila Nevins

Sheila Nevins is a legend in the documentary world. No exaggeration. During the nearly 40 years she spent as executive producer and president of HBO Documentary Films, she championed non-fiction filmmaking and brought the genre to a wider audience with titles like "Paradise Lost," "Going Clear," and the Oscar-winning "Citizenfour." At the age of 80, Nevins is now embarking on a new chapter as head of MTV Documentary Films.

#WeFilm Q+A: Nahnatchka Khan

If you like to laugh, you’re probably familiar with Nahnatchka Khan’s work. The producer and writer is the mind behind ABC comedies “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23,” and made her directorial debut with Netflix's “Always Be My Maybe.”

#WeFilm Q+A: Zoe Lister-Jones

Zoe Lister-Jones does everything—she’s a writer, director, producer and actor. She made her directorial debut with the film “Band Aid,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Lister-Jones also wrote, produced and starred in the film and hired an all-female production crew to work on it. Now, she is adapting “Band Aid” for the stage.

#WeFilm Q+A: Cathy Schulman

Cathy Schulman is an Oscar-winning producer. Her credits include “Crash,” “Bad Moms,” and “Darfur Now.” She is also dedicated to making certain women are represented fairly in the industry, spending nearly a decade as Women in Film's board president lobbying for gender parity, and launching the diversity-minded Welle Entertainment.

#WeFilm Q+A: Lulu Wang

In her breakout Sundance Film, “The Farewell,” Lulu Wang made a name for herself as a writer, director and producer, surpassing “Avengers: Endgame” in per theater average ticket sales during its opening in July 2019. She is the 2014 recipient of the Chaz and Roger Elbert Directing Fellowship, and listed on Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch in 2019.

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