PIONEERING STUNTWOMEN

Helen Gibson

Helen Gibson was an American film actress, vaudeville performer, radio performer, film producer, trick rider and rodeo performer. She is considered to be the first American professional stuntwoman. Helen was the stunt double for Helen Holmes in The Hazards of Helen (1914) action adventure film series.

Jadie David

Jadie David began working in stunts when there were no other Black stuntwomen over 5'6". It was the age of Black exploitation films so she entered the industry easily. She became the first African American woman to make a living as a stunt performer in Hollywood and she fought racial discrimination.

Jeannie Epper

Jeannie Epper is cited as one of the greatest stunt women who ever lived and Steven Spielberg called Jeannie "one of the greatest stunt coordinators" in the entertainment industry. She was always a regular on director Steven Spielberg’s productions. Jeannie comes from a family of stunt professional.
Martial Arts & Action Entertainment

STUNTWOMEN MAKE ACTION

ACTION ACTRESSES

Melanie Wise

As a producer, actor, and editor, Melanie Wise has focused her film career on creating content featuring female leads in action films. She is Founder and Executive Director of Artemis Motion Pictures and The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival.Her goal is to showcase women in action entertainment.

Gina Carano

Former mixed martial artist Gina Carano was born in Dallas, Texas, April 16, 1982. She is an American actress, television personality, and...

Daniela Ruah

Actress Daniela Ruah is known for her role as Special Agent Kensi Blye on NCIS: Los Angeles. She works alongside the stunt coordinators in preparation for her scenes and she is dedicated to staying in shape and to consistent training for stunts and for the fight scenes which she often does herself.

MEN SUPPORTING WOMEN IN ACTION

Andy Armstrong

Andy Armstrong is part of the Armstrong family, a living dynasty of stunt performers who have been responsible for as many action moments on film as any family on earth. Andy has written, directed and produced movies and TV and lectures on the art of action movie making in colleges and film schools.

ACTION & STUNT AWARDS

Action Icon Awards 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 12, 2014) – Today, the Diamond in the Raw Foundation announced its Seventh Annual Action Icon Awards to...

The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Gala Awards 2019

Artemis Motion Pictures produces The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Awards every year in partnership with Cinefemme,...

The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival 2018

Artemis Motion Pictures brings you The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival 2018. This film festival is the first film festival dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment heroes. Artemis celebrates powerful women taking action onscreen. From female action heroes to female activists.
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RESOURCES FOR ACTION PERFORMERS

Action Movie Maker’s Handbook

Action Movie Maker's Handbook by Andy Armstrong Action Movie Maker's Handbook is Movie Action Director and Stunt Coordinator Andy Armstrong's instruction manual for anyone making action movies. Information gained from his over forty year career designing, coordinating and directing action on some of...

INTERVIEWS • ARTICLES • REVIEWS

In Praise of Action (2018)

In Praise of Action is an Independent Documentary Film about stunt-people and their recognition in the film...

The Fight To End Stuntmen Doubling For Women

The practice is called wigging: stuntmen don wigs and women’s clothing to resemble female actors while filming risky action scenes.

The Stuntwomen Working to Change the Face of the Entertainment Industry

It's hard to gauge the full effect that Wonder Woman's success will have on the film industry. Studios and producers will no doubt...

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Quentin Tarantino's black comedy film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) is about a faded television star, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio),...

Film Review: STUNTWOMEN The Untold Hollywood Story Documentary

When she was nine years old, Jeannie Epper’s father asked her if she’d be willing to ride her horse down a cliff....

STUNTWOMEN: The Untold Hollywood Story Documentary

The documentary, STUNTWOMEN – The Untold Hollywood Story is based on the best-selling book by Mollie Gregory. The film introduces us...