Mary Dauterman and Lexi Tannenholz
Mary Dauterman: Here’s the thing: I do not know what it would be like to be a male filmmaker, and I can only make observations… but I have absolutely shown up on set and people assume I’m anything but the director. I feel like that may not happen to men quite as often.
Lexi Tannenholtz: Being a woman is all I know, and I fucking love it. I can definitely say that, as a producer, I’ve felt all the common “female gendered” cliches: she’s ‘too hard’, ‘too soft’, ‘too nice’, ‘too mean’, ‘too emotional’, ‘not feeling enough’—I mean, yikes—‘what if she has kids?’, and on and on and on. Going through life any other way feels too easy, you know? And I do love the lens I specifically get to see the world through.
MD: I make things I want to watch, and I am me, a woman. I think I can write female characters and experiences in an authentic way, and for the most part, at this time in my career, I only write female protagonists. It makes sense that my storytelling stems out of my lived experiences, paranoias and neuroses, but I want to make whatever kinds of films I want to make: disgusting, emotional, stupid, bloody.
LT: I do find myself mainly working with women and non-binary filmmakers. I am definitely drawn to these people, their energy and their stories, which I guess feels mutual in how people find and approach me. I don’t think I would say I make “girl movies”, but, in earnest, I do understand that phrase and do love a “girl movie” [laughs]. I mean, who doesn’t love to see themselves reflected on screen?