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

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by Kerensa Cadenas
October 11, 2013 4:14 PM
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A River Changes Course - Kaylanee Mann

Films About Women Opening This Weekend

A River Changes Course - Directed by Kalyanee Mann (doc)

A River Changes Course is the moving and insightful 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film that follows three young Cambodian women and their struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life amid rapid development and environmental degradation of the river they have lived and worked on for generations. Working in an intimate, verite style, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam spent two years in her native homeland: from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh. The documentary traces a devastating and beautiful story of an ancient culture ravaged by globalization and the ever changing environment. This village and this film is but a small example of what is going on around the world in many third world countries. The film is a haunting tale of what's around the corner for our world and Kalyanee's directorial debut. (Press Materials)

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

After nearly seven years on the shelf, Jonathan Levine's All The Boys Love Mandy Lane has finally come to light. On the surface, Lane is a seemingly typical teen slasher flick starring a then unknown Amber Heard as Mandy Lane, a shy girl who has come into her looks over the summer to be worshipped by the boys at her school. When a group of hormone-soaked classmates invite Mandy to a secluded ranch for the weekend, typical horror tropes of drinking, sex and teens mysteriously dying come into play. However, Levine takes these tropes and flips them on their head, creating a teen slasher flick that is reminiscent of its 70s and 80s predecessors but with a fresh and current take on gender dynamics. (Kerensa Cadenas)

Films About Women Currently Playing
Gravity

Baby Girl

Grace Unplugged

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

Baggage Claim

Enough Said - Written and Directed by Nicole Holofcener

After Tiller - co-directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson (doc)

Haute Cuisine

Wadjda - Haifaa Al-Mansour

Mother of George - Written by Darci Picoult

Touchy Feely - Written and Directed by Lynn Shelton

Populaire

Good Ol' Freda

The Mortal Intruments: City of Bones - Written by Jessica Postigo

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

The Heat - Written by Katie Dippold

Hannah Arendt - Directed by Margarethe von Trotta


Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend

Symphony of the Soil - Directed by Koons Garcia (doc)

Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world's most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Most people are soil-blind and "treat soil like dirt." With the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance. The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems including climate change, dead zones, water scarcity and world hunger. (Press Materials)

Zero Charisma - Co-Directed by Katie Graham

As the strict Game Master of a fantasy role-playing game, Scott (Sam Eidson) leads his friends in a weekly quest through mysterious lands from the safety of his grandmother's kitchen. But his mastery of his own domain starts to slip -- along with everything else in his life -- when neo-nerd hipster Miles (Garrett Graham) joins the game, winning over the group with his confident charm and dethroning Scott with an unexpected coup. Caught in delusions of grandeur, Scott must roll the dice and risk everything to expose Miles as the fraud he believes him to be. A darkly comedic fable of epic proportions, Zero Charisma is an ode to nerds from every realm. (Press Materials)


Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde - Directed by Suzanne Mitchell (doc)

Bridegroom- Directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

The Network - Directed by Eva Orner (doc)

Shepard & Dark - Directed by Treva Wurmfeld (doc)

Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Coperthwaite (doc)


Films Written by Women Currently Playing

All Is Bright - Written by Melissa James Gibson

Before Midnight - Co-Written by Julie Delpy


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

The Lifeguard - Written and Directed by Liz W. Garcia
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