FILMS ABOUT WOMEN OPENING THIS WEEK
Snapshots – Directed by Melanie Mayron; Written by Jan Miller Corran and Katherine Cortez (Opens in LA)
Three women. Three generations. Two summers. 50 years apart. With an old Brownie camera and developed old film in hand, Patty (Brooke Adams), and her daughter Allison (Emily Baldoni) arrive at Gran’s (Piper Laurie) lake house for their annual girls’ weekend. Within that envelope lies a secret that shatters long-held images of the grandmother and mother they know, and changes their lives forever. (Press materials)
Puzzle (Opens in NY and LA)
Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles, which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined. (Press materials)
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Good Manners – Co-Written and Co-Directed by Juliana Rojas (Opens in NY; Opens in LA August 17)
Clara (Isabél Zuaa), a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana (Marjorie Estiano) to be the nanny of her soon-to-be-born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans. (Press materials)
Read Women and Hollywood’s Under the Radar feature on “Good Manners.”
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Nico, 1988 – Written and Directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli (Opens August 1)
“Nico, 1988” follows the singer-songwriter (Trine Dyrholm), approaching 50, leading a solitary existence in Manchester, far from her 60s glam days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for the cult band The Velvet Underground. Her life and career on the fringes, Nico’s new manager Richard convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago. A brave and uncompromising musician, Nico’s story is the story of a rebirth: of an artist, a mother, and the woman behind the icon. (Press materials)
Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Susanna Nicchiarelli.
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The Row – Written by Sarah Scougal (Also Available on VOD)
With a serial killer preying upon girls on campus, Riley (Lala Kent), an incoming freshman, finds herself entangled in a sinister plot involving a dark secret at the sorority that she pledged. Meanwhile, her father, Cole (Randy Couture), the detective investigating the case must uncover the identity of the killer before it’s too late… and Riley becomes the next victim. (Press materials)
A young reporter (Catherine Lidstone) falls prey to a mysterious ailment after investigating an abandoned house; a place known for tales of missing children and possible cannibalism where local teens dare each other to sneak in and poke around. As the reporter digs deeper and her friends venture out to search the house on their own, she discovers a connection to the legend of Hell Mountain and her own cloudy past. (Press materials)
A caring mother loses her sanity, setting off a chain of events resulting in tragedy and murder. The story of Casey Pollack (Brea Grant) unfolds from two very different perspectives when one night in the woods culminates in absolute terror. (Press materials)
FILMS DIRECTED BY WOMEN OPENING THIS WEEK
Across the Universe (Theatrical Re-Release) – Directed by Julie Taymor (July 29, 31, and August 1 Only)
A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration, and rock ‘n roll, “Across the Universe” moves from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers, Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with Dr. Robert (Bono) and Mr. Kite (Eddie Izzard) as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy — against all odds — to find their own way back to each other. This special three-day event includes an exclusive introduction from Julie Taymor. (Press materials)
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FILMS WRITTEN BY WOMEN OPENING THIS WEEK
The Bleeding Edge (Documentary) – Co-Written by Amy Ziering (Available on Netflix)
America has the most technologically advanced health care system in the world, yet medical interventions have become the third leading cause of death, and the overwhelming majority of high-risk implanted devices never require a single clinical trial. In “The Bleeding Edge,” Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (“The Invisible War,” “The Hunting Ground”) turn their sights on the $400 billion medical device industry, examining lax regulations, corporate cover-ups, and profit-driven incentives that put patients at risk daily. Weaving emotionally powerful stories of people whose lives have been irrevocably harmed, the film asks: what life-saving technologies may actually be killing us? (Press materials)
TV PREMIERES THIS WEEK
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (Docuseries) – Co-Directed by Julia Willoughby Nason (Premieres July 30 on Paramount)
An in-depth look at the origin and aftermath of the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, which sparked a national debate on race relations and revealed a deeply fractured and divided country. (Press materials)
VOD/DVD RELEASING THIS WEEK
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (Short) – Written and Directed by Sunday Emerson Gullifer (Vimeo, Available Now)
Tully – Written by Diablo Cody (VOD/DVD, July 31)
The Miracle Season – Co-Written by Elissa Matsueda (July 31)
Larger Than Life: The Kevin Aucoin Story (Documentary) – Directed by Tiffany Bartok (VOD, July 31)
Salt Water – Written and Directed by Ajae Clearway (VOD, August 1)
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Women and Hollywood Founder and Publisher Melissa Silverstein is on the advisory board for TheWrap’s Power Women Summit. To be held November 1-2 in Los Angeles, the event will gather 1,000 influential women in entertainment, media, and technology.
The summit will provide two days of education, mentorship, workshops, and networking opportunities to promote the goal of greater women’s leadership in the film industry, as well as gender balance in media, entertainment, and technology overall.
The Power Women Summit is actively committed to integrating intersectionality in its programming. It will include practical training sessions in leadership and live mentoring sessions for women at all levels of their careers.
Apply for early bird tickets here.
PICKS OF THE WEEK FROM WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD
Under the Radar: “Are You Glad I’m Here” Expertly Portrays Friendship Across Cultures
Safe (and Unsafe) Spaces: Crowdfunding Picks
Only One Woman-Directed Film Will Screen in Competition at 2018 Venice Fest
TIFF 2018’s Galas and Special Presentations Are 28 Percent Women-Directed
Writer to Watch: “Atlanta” Emmy Nominee Stefani Robinson
ON WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
Trailer Watch: “Love, Gilda” Tells the Story of Comedy Legend Gilda Radner
HBO Releases Remaining Doc Slate for 2018: Jane Fonda, Sandra Bland, & More
Augustine Frizzell to Direct Ryan Reynolds-Starrer “Stoned Alone”
WGA West Survey: 64% of Female Writers Have Encountered Workplace Sexual Harassment
Gina Prince-Bythewood to Direct Fantasy Film “The Old Guard”
NBC Announces First Female Forward Directors Class
Amazon Orders Drama About a Female-Led ’70s Rock Band from Reese Witherspoon
“Younger’s” Sutton Foster on #MeToo and Liza’s Evolution
Teaser Watch: Elle Fanning Survives the Apocalypse in Reed Morano’s “I Think We’re Alone Now”
Lena Waithe Signs First-Look Deal with Showtime
Zoey Deutch to Topline and Produce Tanya Wexler’s “Buffaloed”
Vanessa Redgrave to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Film Fest
Brenda Chapman Launches Production Company, Signs First-Look Deal at Fox
Apply Now: New York Film Festival’s Critics Academy
Elisabeth Shue-Starrer and Female-Led Boxing Drama Ordered to Pilot at TNT
“2 Dope Queens” Getting Another Four Specials at HBO
Quote of the Day: Playwright Young Jean Lee on Identity Politics and Privilege
Trailer Watch: Hilary Swank Returns Home to Help an Ailing Blythe Danner in “What They Had”
Shondaland Announces First Slate of Netflix Series
“Wynonna Earp” Gets Season 4 Renewal at Syfy
Nicole Maines Joins “Supergirl,” Becomes TV’s First Trans Superhero
Guest Post: Why I Made a Documentary About Domestic “Helpers” in Hong Kong
“Dietland” Star Jen Ponton on Her New Show, Sizeism, and Why She Wants to Play a Superhero
Trailer Watch: M.I.A. Shows Her Story in “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A”
Melina Matsoukas to Direct “Queen & Slim,” Lena Waithe Penning the Script
Trailer Watch: Debby Ryan Is a “Former Fatty” with an Axe to Grind in “Insatiable”
Trailer Watch: Jennifer Lopez Fakes It Till She Makes It in “Second Act”
WEEKLY READS FROM AROUND THE INTERNET
From “Sharp Objects” to “Killing Eve”: TV’s Best Antiheroes Are Women by Rebecca Nicholson (The Guardian)
Women Cinematographers Hold the Cards in the Must-Attend Film Series “The Female Gaze” by Tatiana Crane (The Village Voice)
Patricia Clarkson’s Provocative Woman by Angelica Jade Bastién (Vulture)
How Women Filmmakers Were Bending Social Norms Since the Birth of Cinema by Ela Bittencourt (Hyperallergic)
TV Keeps Scapegoating Black Women for Investigating the Truth by Cate Young (Cosmopolitan)
Why The Movie Adaptation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Story May Help Break Another Barrier by Monica Castillo (The Lily)
Women Lead: Spotlight on Women in VFX Creator Charmaine Chan by Naomi Goldman (VFX Voice)
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