A few years ago we conducted a poll of our readers and contributors to determine the 10 greatest directors of all time. While none of the top-10 we generated are slouches, it's impossible to ignore the fact that they are all straight, white, males who make films in English. No queer filmmakers, no persons of color and certainly no women or experimental filmmakers. Not even a single silent or white European director.
In an effort to generate a more diverse pantheon that better represents the full spectrum of cinematic voices throughout history, rather than asking our readership to submit top-10 lists, this time we are asking you to contribute a list of your top-25 favorite directors. The hope is that with a larger canvas, people will be more inclined to include niche voices without fear of excluding a better known or more conventionally revered auteur. Of course this could all blow up in our faces if there is no common consensus with regards to the non-establishment directors, but it's an experiment worth trying.
As always we will include everyone's individual ballots in the results post so you can check them out and connect with other cinephiles. If you would like us to link to a preferred social media account or blog, please include it with your ballot. We'd prefer you to submit your ballots to email@example.com but we will also be checking comments on this post, on facebook and on instagram. The deadline to submit is midnight (pacific time) on the night of Saturday, September 3rd.