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Weekly Update for November 1: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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by Kerensa Cadenas
November 1, 2013 4:39 PM
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Films About Women Opening This Weekend

Running from Crazy - Directed by Barbara Kopple (doc)

Running from Crazy is a documentary examining the personal journey of model and actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, as she strives for a greater understanding of her family history of suicide and mental illness. Through stunning archival footage of the three Hemingway sisters and intimate verite moments with Mariel herself, the film examines the remarkable though often heartbreaking Hemingway legacy. As Mariel comes to terms with the tragedies of her family's past that have shaped the course of her life, deeply hidden secrets are revealed and truths emerge. (IMDB)

Sweet Dreams - Co-Directed by Lisa Fruchtman (doc)

Sweet Dreams, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Fruchtman and Rob Fruchtman, follows the remarkable group of women from Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda's first and only all women's drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen of Brooklyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream, to open Rwanda's first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. Sweet Dreams interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition. (Press Materials)

Casting By

A fast-paced journey through the last half-century of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective, Casting By spotlights filmmaking's unsung hero – the casting director. The film examines Marion Dougherty's early career, which began in TV before she segued into feature-film casting. Armed with a Rolodex boasting the names of up-and-coming actors she spotted in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, Dougherty headed west to Hollywood in the 1970s after becoming head of casting at Paramount Pictures. Drawing on her experiences in New York, she had a strong hand in reshaping the way Hollywood cast films as it distanced itself from the old studio system. Dougherty was later hired by Warner Brothers, where she spent more than two decades in a professional career of more than 50 years. (Official film site)

Diana

During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. (IMDB)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Blue is the Warmest Color

Girl on a Bicycle

Carrie - Directed by Kimberly Peirce

Camille Claudel 1915

Paradise - Written and Directed by Diablo Cody

Gravity

Grace Unplugged

I Used to be Darker - Co-Written by Amy Belk

Baggage Claim

Enough Said - Written and Directed by Nicole Holofcener

Haute Cuisine

Wadjda - Haifaa Al-Mansour

Good Ol' Freda

Short Term 12

Austenland - Written and Directed by Jerusha Hess, Adapted for the Screen by Jerusha Hess and Shannon Hale

The Patience Stone

In A World... - Written and Directed by Lake Bell

Blue Jasmine

Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend


Last Love - Written and Directed by Sandra Nettelbeck

Michael Caine plays a widower who is stuck in his grief until by chance he meets a glorious young free spirit played by Clemence Poesy. They are both lost and by chance they happen to give the other what they most need, the ability to connect with someone. (Melissa Silverstein)

The New Black - Directed by Yeruba Richen (doc)

The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community's institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing's strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community. (Press Materials)

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology - Directed by Sophie Fiennes (doc)

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology directed by Sophie Fiennes' follow up to The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, about cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek.

With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Zizek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies, all the better to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies.


Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Bastards - Co-Written and Directed by Claire Denis

The Square - Directed by Jehane Noujaim (doc)

Il Futuro (The Future) - Written and Directed by Alicia Scherson

American Promise - Co-Directed by Michele Stephenson


Films Written by Women Opening This Weekend

Dallas Buyers Club - Co-Written by Melissa Wallack

The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies. (Press Materials)


Films By and About Women on DVD/And Or On Demand

Bridegroom - Directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

Girl Most Likely - Written by Michelle Morgan, Co-Directed by Shari Springer Berman

Lovelace

Passion - Co-Written by Natalie Carter

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