When the Grip Is a Woman (and the Gaffer and the Camera Operator, Too)

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The all-female crew on the set of “Band Aid.” Credit Jacqueline DiMilia

In her 13 years as a working actress and writer, Zoe Lister-Jones has appeared in 40 TV shows, films and shorts. Three of them had female cinematographers.

So when it came time for her own directorial debut, Ms. Lister-Jones knew she wanted to work with a woman behind the camera. Only women behind the camera, actually: For her indie comedy “Band Aid,” released Friday, June 2, Ms. Lister-Jones hired an all-female crew, from the grips to the drivers to the production assistants.

“I wanted to see what it would feel like,” she said, “if a community of women exclusively created a piece of art together.”

For Hollywood, it was an extremely rare feat, all the more so because the story, about a couple (Ms. Lister-Jones and Adam Pally, of “The Mindy Project”) who try to save their marriage by starting a band, presents a multidimensional female protagonist at the center of the screen.

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