Some say that artists stand on the shoulders of giants, but I think that's a patriarchal and simplistic perspective on creativity.
Rather, the artists that I admire draw inspiration from other artists across time and space. They work outside the binary. They collaborate and cross-fertilize. They don't stand on anyone's shoulders without offering a hand up.
I find Canadian filmmaker Ingrid Veninger deeply compelling -- both the work she produces, and the artist herself. If you care about feminist filmmaking, here are three reasons you should know about Ingrid Veninger.
Ingrid recruits and leads teams of creative people into bold territory. They trust her to lead them into the beyond. Sometimes, they even sign onto her projects without a script. In her film The Animal Project, she auditioned actors and then wrote a script. Her award-winning films are accessible and smart, mumblecore and nuanced.
Ingrid is generous. Twice, she has won a cash prize and re-granted it to other writers. Her 1k Wave project delivered five grants of $1000 to filmmakers and resulted in five fantastic feature films in 2012. And she's at it again this year.
Ingrid lifts up other women writers. In 2014, she won the EDA Award in Whistler and partnered with Oscar winner Melissa Leo to fund a six month pUNK Film Femmes Lab for six Canadian women writer/directors. This project resulted in six feature film scripts and a powerful network of mutual support.
Ingrid's most recent film, He Hated Pigeons, was filmed in Chile. It's traveling the festival circuit now, and every performance has a different musical score, improvised by local, live musicians.
"You don't have to wait for permission from anyone to do your art."