Forget chick flicks! These 10 female directors are blasting stereotypes

Women all over the world celebrated when Kathryn Bigelow’s film, The Hurt Locker, won the Oscar for Best Picture. But Bigelow is just one of the courageous female directors who are emerging on the scene with the hope of telling bold and brave new stories. We encourage you to get to know these women and the movies they make.

Lynn Shelton

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1. Lynn Shelton makes quirky, funny indie films about relationships

If you want to see a totally relatable film, get to know Lynn Shelton’s work. You may remember 2011’s Your Sister’s Sister, starring Emily Blunt, but she’s got an adorable new film called Laggies, starring KeiraKnightley and Chloë Grace Moretz, which opens on Oct. 24. Shelton is dynamite when it comes to focusing on the subtleties of family and relationship dynamics.

When it comes to Shelton’s point of view, she says, “I like to put people into situations that are out of their comfort zone and see what happens.”

Keira Knightley rebels against society’s rules for women in Laggies

Up next: Jennifer Lee