5 Female Filmmakers You Need To Know From The Crested Butte Film Festival

Crested Butte Film Festival boasted an impressive slate of original films for its ninth year on the fall circuit, and the program certainly upheld its commitment to advancing female voices both in front of and behind the camera. The Colorado town’s four-day experience played out in three prestige theaters, including the newly renovated Center of the Arts.

The festival’s central tenets were visible in its attendees, events, and film selection. From a picturesque opening day cyclethon to Refinery29’s Shatterbox Women in Film event, the festival's activities further showcase its dedication and interest in activism and the outdoors.


Ahead, we’ve rounded up our five favorite woman-helmed films from this year’s program that you need to check out. 

Greener Grass,

directed by Jocelyn Deboer and Dawn Luebbe

A quirky spin on the future of fabricated social norms and a satire of the suburban American dream’s downfall, Greener Grass is a wacky viewing experience. In the thriller/comedy, soccer moms Jill (Jocelyn Deboer) and Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) compete for approval and acceptance in a bizarre suburb while their kids battle it out on the playing field. Originally premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the midnight section, Greener Grass is reminiscent of cult classics that make you laugh, cringe, scratch your head, and wonder, What just happened? 

Storm the Gates,

directed by Catherine Yrisarri

The feature that blew away Crested Butte judges and took home the Best Documentary Award showcases three first-time woman candidates who decided to run for office against all odds in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Filmmaker Catherine Yrisarri and Good Fight Media infused activism and inquisitive objectivity to create a robust account of this historic moment in U.S. feminism. The film is Huffington Post's first feature documentary.


, directed by Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs’ directorial debut comes in the form of a dark, comedic short film based on her own familial dynamics that transpired after her grandmother died. The deadpan performance from Jefferson Mays (Ballad of Buster Scruggs) heralds an exploration into a creepy, quirky world just in time for Halloween season. Curated is part of Refinery29’s Shatterbox short film series. It premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival in partnership with TNT.

Nora Ephron Goes To Prison,

directed by Hannah Elless

Inspired by the all-time great filmmaker Nora Ephron , cinephiles will rejoice watching this creative narrative short showcasing the bond between two inmates who escape their mental and physical prison via a shared love for the beloved director. In addition to Crested Butte Film Festival, this short has been accepted to over 50 festivals and has received awards and nominations from the Los Angeles Film Awards, New York Film Awards, Top Shorts, American Filmatic Arts Awards, and International Independent Film Awards.



, directed by Delaney Buffett

Filmmaker Delaney Buffett delivers a thoughtful, sex-positive documentary short investigating the tiny mining town of Wallace, ID, where old west-style brothels were open and socially accepted until 1991. The short takes you on a trip to the past, analyzing the impact sex work had on its townsfolk and businesses for more than a century.

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