“Our idea is we want to help discover new voices,” says Dreyfous, the Academy Award-winning producer of “Born Into Brothels.” Gamechanger supports narrative films directed or co-directed by women, with budgets of $2 million or less.
And just months after Gamechanger was launched, its track record looks good. Its first film, “Land Ho,” a buddy comedy about a road trip in Iceland by two male retirees, co-directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, made headlines late this week when it was purchased by Sony Pictures.
For a younger generation, seeing beyond gender » Stephens, 29, said she’s not sure how her gender factored into the script, beyond the tone of the movie’s female supporting characters and how they reacted to the two male lead characters.
Many of her influences as a storyteller are drawn from her history of growing up in Appalachia and living in West Virginia. Stephens said she co-wrote and co-directed the film with her male filmmaking partner, but she was the one who pushed for the more colorful language in the story.
“And I think that comes from me being a kid growing up in the hills where people are a little more outspoken,” Stephens said. “That plays into who I am. My age plays into who I am. I’m sure something about me being a girl added to the film. I just don’t know what.”« Previous Page