Weekly Update for August 3: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

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Weekly Update for August 3: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You


FILMS ABOUT WOMEN OPENING

The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Directed by Desiree Akhavan; Written by Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele 

Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the backseat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs — but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

The Spy Who Dumped Me – Directed by Susanna Fogel; Written by Susanna Fogel and David Iserson

“The Spy Who Dumped Me”

Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two 30-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

The Darkest Minds – Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson

“The Darkest Minds”

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby (Amandla Stenberg), one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Never Goin’ Back – Written and Directed by Augustine Frizzell (Opens in NY and LA)

“Never Goin’ Back”

Angela (Maia Mitchell) and Jessie (Camila Morrone) dream of escaping their waitressing jobs at a low-rent Texas diner, even if it’s only to Galveston. Taking place over just a few days, the film follows their hilarious and unpredictable misadventures on the streets of suburban Dallas as they attempt increasingly madcap and wild schemes to try and raise some cash. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Augustine Frizzell.

Find screening info here.

Night Comes On – Directed by Jordana Spiro; Written by Jordana Spiro and Angelica Nwandu (Also Available on VOD)

“Night Comes On”

Angel LaMere (Dominique Fishback) is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, Angel embarks on a journey with her 10-year-old sister to avenge her mother’s death. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Jordana Spiro.

Find screening info here.

Like Father – Written and Directed by Lauren Miller Rogen (Available on Netflix)

“Like Father”: Emily Aragones/Netflix

When a workaholic young executive (Kristen Bell), is left at the altar, she ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected: her estranged and equally workaholic father (Kelsey Grammer). The two depart as strangers, but over the course of a few adventures, a couple of umbrella-clad cocktails, and a whole lot of soul-searching, they return with a renewed appreciation for family and life. (Press materials)

Milla – Written and Directed by Valérie Massadian (Opens in NY and LA)

Milla and Leo live clandestinely, their meager furnishings and sustenance countered by a love for which there is neither logic nor substitute. But such an existence will only last until forces of nature take hold. Where is there to go in its wake? (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Perdida – Written by Mili Roque Pitt, Alejandro Montiel, and Jorge Maestro (Available on Netflix August 9)

“Perdida”

A policewoman whose childhood friend disappeared in Patagonia years ago starts a new search to find answers, and soon finds her own life in danger. (Press materials)

FILMS MADE BY WOMEN OPENING

“Christopher Robin”: Disney

Christopher Robin – Written by Allison Schroeder, Alex Ross Perry, and Tom McCarthy

In “Christopher Robin,” the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Dog Days – Written by Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama (Opens August 8)

“Dog Days”: Jacob Yakob/LD Entertainment

“Dog Days” is an ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles. When these human-and-canines’ paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

VOD RELEASING

“Revenge”

Urban Country – Written by Gianna Montelaro (August 3)
Breaking In (August 7)
Life of the Party – Written by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone (August 7)
Revenge – Written and Directed by Coralie Fargeat (August 7)
The Rider – Written and Directed by Chloé Zhao (August 7)
Zama – Written and Directed by Lucrecia Martel (August 7)

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Hillary Clinton to Exec Produce Women’s Suffrage TV Drama
TIFF Announces Sisters March to Spotlight “Systemic Inequality”
Severely Gender Imbalanced Venice Fest Will Screen a Dude’s Doc About Women in Film
Locarno Fest to Sign Pledge for Parity and Inclusion
Research: Hollywood Inclusion “Remains Unchanged”
August 2018 Film Preview
Breaking the Glass Frame Symposium Will Celebrate Women in Animation Industry


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