film·​mak·​er | \ ˈfilm-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce filmmaker (audio) \

Definition of filmmaker

: one who makes motion pictures

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Photographer and filmmaker Ashima Narain is the former editor of National Geographic Traveler (India). National Geographic, "Ashima Narain," 10 Sep. 2019 Survivors include a daughter, the writer and filmmaker Jill Selsman of New York. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Carol Lynley, actress in 1972 blockbuster ‘The Poseidon Adventure,’ dies at 77," 9 Sep. 2019 The films touch on some of the most pressing issues facing the country and the festival will include a series of panels with filmmakers and experts moderated by NBC News journalists. NBC News, "Meet the Press Film Festival to showcase more than 20 documentary films," 8 Sep. 2019 Survivors include a daughter, writer and filmmaker Jill Selsman of New York. al, "Carol Lynley, actress in cult classic ‘The Poseidon Adventure,’ dies at 77," 7 Sep. 2019 For its part, Netflix will continue to attract major filmmakers and bigger stars, and other studios will begin to announce exclusive online offerings of their own. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Why Big Movie Chains Won’t Show Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Epic," 28 Aug. 2019 In the 2000s, filmmaker and Williams fan Garrett Gilchrist began, ahem, cobbling together a version of The Thief and the Cobbler that came closest to Williams’s initial intentions. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The artistry of the late Richard Williams, from Roger Rabbit to the Pink Panther," 20 Aug. 2019 The Toronto International Film Festival has announced that the filmmaker and actor will receive the first-ever TIFF Ebert Director Award, which will be handed out Monday, Sept. 9, at the inaugural TIFF Tribute Gala. Joey Nolfi,, "Taika Waititi to receive Toronto Film Festival's first Ebert Director Award," 6 Aug. 2019 In May, about 80 leaders from lion conservation experts, donors, African filmmakers and others talked about collaborating to help save the lions during a series of meetings at Disney’s Coronado Springs. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney World donates $2 to protect lions, if you ride Animal Kingdom safari," 16 July 2019

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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: a person (such as a director or producer) who makes movies

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