100 Women We Love 2014

From professors, to musicians, to activists, we present to you 2014’s 100 Women We Love.

Nicole Conn

It´s no exaggeration to call Nicole Conn a pioneer. Her first film, 1992´s Claire of the Moon, was, upon its release, ″the biggest lesbian feature since Desert Hearts,″ according to Wolfe Video. (This accomplishment is even more impressive when you consider that she also produced, wrote and raised the money for it.) Since that project, she´s kept very busy: she created the first-ever ancillary merchandise for a lesbian film in the form of Claire of the Moon CDs, t-shirts, prints, posters and other items; little man, her documentary about her premature son, came out in 2005; Elena Undone hit screens in 2010; the super-sexy A Perfect Ending, currently the best-selling film in the genre, debuted in 2012; and she recently finished a short, She4Me. ″I´m committed to the viewers a thousand percent,″ Conn says, ″to giving them real, raw and honest portrayals of women at the crossroads of their lives.″ It´s not always easy, considering what a financial struggle dyke filmmaking can be-″we are still considered a very niche market, even though our audience is huge and voracious;″ still, she is more than rewarded by the response. ″I´ve gotten so many emails from women (and men) whose lives are actually changed by the experience of watching one of my films. It´s such an honor.″ -GH

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