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Weekly Update for July 11: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for July 11: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening
Audrey — Co-Written by Sybil Darrow
“Too old, too ugly, too stupid, too fat — 34-year-old single gal Audrey (Sybil Darrow) is none of these, not that you’d be able to convince her otherwise,” I wrote in my LA Weekly review of Audrey. Co-written by Darrow as a star vehicle, the film centers on a woman waiting in real time for her date to show up, with flashbacks that help our protagonist try to figure out everything that’s supposedly wrong with her. Consequently, the film isn’t unlike spending 90 minutes listening to your most insecure friend talk about her problems. At least Audrey has an epiphany that helps her realize she’s been worried about nothing for so long. (Inkoo Kang)

A young Indian woman with a very traditional family in the UK defies her family by falling in love on her own terms, and it sets off a series of tragic events that sadly happens too often. She angers the family by falling in love with an Indian man of a different religion and the family goes to violent lengths to deal with her and to redeem their name. But the story has a big twist, and for once, there is a hopeful ending. (Melissa Silverstein)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Tammy – Co-Written by Melissa McCarthy
Gabrielle – Directed by Louise Archambault
Heatstroke – Directed by Evelyn Purcell
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (doc) – Directed by Grace Lee
The Amazing Catfish – Written and Directed by Claudia Saint-Luce
The Fault in Our Stars 
The Immigrant 
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return – Co-Written by Randi Barnes 
Moms’ Night Out – Co-Written by Andrea Gyertson Nasfell 
The Other Woman – Directed by Melissa Stack 
Under the Skin
Finding Vivian Maier (doc)
Divergent – Co-Written by Vanessa Taylor

Films Directed by Women Opening

Land Ho! — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Martha Stephens
Land Ho! tells the story of two very different ex-brothers-in-law who travel to Iceland for a holiday. It’s about life and regrets and coming to terms with the fact that you are getting older. It’s got amazing locations in Iceland that will make any traveller itch to get there. It is the first film from Gamechanger Films, the company that will solely finance feature films directed or co-directed by women. (Melissa Silverstein)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Martha Stephens.

Drunktown’s Finest – Written and Directed by Sydney Freeland

Three young Native Americans – an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual – strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation. (IMDB)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Sydney Freeland.

Underwater Dreams — Written and Directed by Mary Mazzio

An epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. (

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Beyond the Edge – Written and Directed by Leanne Pooley
Exhibition – Written and Directed by Joanaa Hogg
Hellion – Written and Directed by Kat Chandler
Citizen Koch (doc) – Co-Directed by Tia Lessin
The Only Real Game (doc) – Directed by Mirra Bank
Palo Alto – Written and Directed by Gia Coppola 

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