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Weekly Update April 19: Women-Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update April 19: Women-Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Weekend

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A promising hip-hop rhymer from Los Angeles finds herself in a gray area when a record producer offers her a compromising shot at stardom. (From IMDB)

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

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners – Directed by Shola Lynch (doc)

The Brass Teapot – Written and Directed by Ramaa Mosley

The Host

Violeta Went to Heaven


Admission – Written by Karen Croner

The Sapphires

Hunky Dory

Ginger and Rosa – Written and Directed by Sally Potter

The Call

Spring Breakers

Beyond the Hills


Lore – Directed by Cate Shortland

Side Effects

Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend

Gut Renovation – Directed by Su Friedrich

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)

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay Directed by Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein

What happens when documentary filmmakers, whose mission is to probe, explore, reveal, take as their subject one of the world’s greatest living magicians, whose life and art are basically off limits to probing, exploration, and revelation? More than a decade in the making, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is the captivating result of this curious conundrum: a mesmerizing journey into the world of modern magic and the small circle of eccentric geniuses who mastered it. (From the press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

No Place on Earth – Directed by Janet Tobias (doc)

Lotus Eaters – Directed and Co-Written by Alexandra McGuiness

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

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

West of Memphis – Directed by Amy Berg (doc)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Olympus Has Fallen – Co-Written by Katrin Benedikt

Emperor – Co-Written by Vera Blasi

Safe Haven – Co-Written by Dana Stevens

Films By and About Women on DVD/On Demand

Wuthering Heights – Directed by Andrea Arnold, Written by Olivia Hetreed

Central Park Five – Co-Directed by Sarah Burns

Makers: Women Who Make America

Ethel – Directed by Rory Kennedy

Save the Date

Television By and About Women

Call Me Crazy – 4/20/13 at 8:00pm on Lifetime

Through the five shorts named after each title character — Lucy, Eddie, Allison, Grace and Maggie – powerful relationships built on hope and triumph raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness. Call Me Crazy stars Academy Award and Golden Globe winners Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Octavia Spencer (The Help), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Sofia Vassilieva (My Sister’s Keeper), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Ernie Hudson (Oz), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), three-time Emmy Award-winner Jean Smart (Frasier), Lea Thompson (J. Edgar), Oscar-nominee Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) and Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately).

Laura Dern (Enlightened), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Bonnie Hunt (Return to Me), Ashley Judd (Missing) and Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary) direct the anthology. (From Press Materials)

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