Skip To Content
The Schmooze

Carrie Brownstein Is Only The Sixth Woman To Direct An MGM Film In Ten Years

There are few people in this world more worthy of your envy than Carrie Brownstein. She’s cool, funny, beautiful, and, most infuriating of all, genuinely likable. She’s spent the past several years juggling her role in the feminist, punk-rock band ‘Sleater-Kinney’ with acting alongside Fred Armisen in ‘Portlandia,’ the IFC sketch comedy series that hilariously skewered Portland gentrifiers for eight perfect seasons.

And now, she intends to make a career out of directing.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Brownstein said she’ll be focusing on directing for the foreseeable future, starting with “Fairy Godmother,” a revisionist take on the classic fairy tale trope.

“There comes a time as you continue to write and work on scripts and screenplays where you realize that you have opinions about the next step of the process, and you kind of want more control over the translation from page to screen,” she said. “So I tried it [directing] and found it really suited my abilities to handle both the macro and micro of a project.”

This won’t be Brownstein’s first directing rodeo. She’s directed a couple episodes of “Casual” and “Portlandia” and is even in the running for a directing Emmy.

Brownstein’s foray into feature directing is encouraging but there’s still acres and acres of space for women in directing. Brownstein will only be the sixth female director MGM has hired to direct a feature film in the past ten years.

Considering her track record of being good at literally everything she does (did we mention she’s also an author?), Brownstein is sure to hit this one out of the park and assume her rightful place in the Female Directors’ Hall of Fame, right between Sofia Coppola and Patty Jenkins.

Becky Scott is the editor of The Schmooze. Follow her on Twitter at @arr_scott

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.