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Weekly Update March 8: Women-Centric, Directed, Written Movies Playing Near You

Weekly Update March 8: Women-Centric, Directed, Written Movies Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This

Electrick Children – Written and
Directed by Rebecca Thomas

Rachel is a rambunctious teenager
from a fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah. On Rachel’s 15th birthday, she
discovers a forbidden cassette tape with rock music on it. Having never heard
anything like it, Rachel has a miraculous experience.

Three months later, Rachel turns up
pregnant and claims to have had an immaculate conception from listening to the
music. Rachel’s parents arrange a marriage for Rachel, but Rachel runs away to
the closest city, LAS VEGAS, to search for the man who sings on the cassette
tape, thinking he has something to do with her mysterious pregnancy… (From
the website) NY and LA

Beyond the Hills

Cristian Mungiu’s harrowing but
starkly beautiful new film is set in an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania
where Alina (Cristina Flutur) has been reunited with her childhood friend
Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) after spending several years in Germany. Alina wants
to leave and go to back Germany, and wants Voichita, a novice nun, to go with
her. But Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their
priest (Valeriu Andriuta) and refuses. When Alina challenges the priest in an
attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she is suspected of being possessed.
Mungiu based his gripping drama on a case of alleged demonic possession that
occurred in a Romanian monastery in 2005. (From Press Materials)

Girl Rising

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking
film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the
stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated
writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the
strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.
Explore the film in detail at (From
the press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing 

Future Weather – Directed and
Written by Jenny Deller

War Witch


Beautiful Creatures

Lore – Directed by Cate Shortland

Side Effects


Zero Dark Thirty – Directed by
Kathryn Bigelow

Rust and Bone

Films Directed by Women Opening This

Don’t Stop Belivin’: Everyman’s
Journey – Directed by Ramona S. Diaz (doc)

JOURNEY, directed by Ramona S. Diaz, follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy
tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front
man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the
ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, must now navigate
the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a
world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years. (from the
press materials)

Gut Renovation – Directed by Su
Friedrich (doc)

Welcome to Williamsburg, New York’s
new bohemia. Or is it? In the late 1980s artists moved into this working class
neighborhood, populated by small manufacturers, Polish butchers, and auto
repair shops, just across the East River. SoHo took 30 years to change from an
artists’ bohemia to an art gallery hotspot, to an outdoor shopping mall;
Williamsburg’s demise has been much faster, due in part to a 2005 zoning law
change. (from the press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently

A Place At The Table – Directed
by Kristi Jacobsen and Lori Silverbush (doc)

Hava Naglia: The Movie – Directed by
Roberta Grossman (doc)

Inescapable – Directed and Written
by Ruba Nadda

West of Memphis – Directed by
Amy Berg

The Guilt Trip – Directed by
Anne Fletcher

Films Written by Women Opening This

Emperor – Co-Written by Vera Blasi

As General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy
Lee Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he
assigns an expert in Japanese culture – and psychological warfare – General
Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question
hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people
but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? Caught between the high-wire
political intrigue of his urgent mission and his own impassioned search for the
mysterious school teacher (Eriko Hatsune) who first drew him to Japan, Fellers
can be certain only that the tricky subterfuge about to play out will forever
change the history of two nations and his heart.  (From Press Materials)

Films Written by Women Currently

Safe Haven – Co-Written by Dana

Television By and About Women

Escape Fire – Co-Directed by Susan
Froemke – 3/10/13 at 8:00pm on CNN/U.S.

The film reveals flaws in the notion
that the healthcare delivered via America’s fragmented patchwork of facilities,
practitioners, and insurers offers good value for its outcomes. Through the
real-life experiences of physicians and patients, Escape Fire shows the
tremendous pressure providers feel to reduce costs and limit time with patients – and the frustrations of patients struggling with preventable conditions that
are often created or exacerbated by insufficient or inappropriate care. (From
Press Materials)

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