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Weekly Update for October 4: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Women and Hollywood By Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood October 4, 2013 at 4:00PM

Films Opening on October 4th...
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Bridegroom - Directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason
Bridegroom - Directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason

Films About Women Opening This Weekend

Concussion - Written and Directed by Stacie Passon

Concussion was one of my favorite movies at Sundance this year. It was truly a revelation. Robin Weigert who we have seen for so many years as a supporting character in shows like Deadwood, takes the lead as a suburban lesbian mom whose life has become rote. After getting hit in the head with a baseball many things are awakened in her and she embarks on the unlikely path of becoming a high class lesbian prostitute. It's a fascinating look at marriage, at connections and at expectations of what we expect our lives to be. (Melissa Silverstein) Read an interview with the people behind Concussion.


Gravity

Gravity is an extraordinary achievement. Director Alfonso Cuaron created new technology for this hair-raising, gripping space adventure which features Sandra Bullock as an astronaut stranded in space who has to figure out how to get back home on her own. If you can, pay the extra money to see it in IMAX and/or 3-D. It is a must see from an actress at the top of her game. (Melissa Silverstein)


Baby Girl

Set in the Bronx, Babygirl is a bitter-sweet drama about a teen, who finds herself trapped in an unwanted love-triangle with her mom's latest boyfriend.

For as long as she can remember, Bronx teenager Lena (Yainis Ynoa) has watched her mom Lucy (Rosa Arrendondo) squander her life on a series of deadbeat men. When Victor (Flaco Navaja), her mom's latest boy toy, starts hitting on Lena, she sets up a trap to expose Victor for the creep he is... but the plan backfires. (Official Site)


Grace Unplugged

Grace Trey is the ideal Christian teen who is also a phenomenal singer. But at the tender age of eighteen, after she gets the music break of a lifetime and is thrust into the "real world" - her faith is put to the test. (IMDB)


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

When Taryn (Deragh Campbell), a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But Kim and Bill (Ned Oldham and Kim Taylor) have problems of their own: they're trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter Abby (Hannah Gross), just home from her first year of college. A story of family revelations, people finding each other and letting go, looking for love where they've found it before and, when that doesn't work, figuring out where they might find it next. (Press Materials)


Films About Women Currently Playing

Therese

Baggage Claim

Hotel Normandy

Enough Said - Written and Directed by Nicole Holofcener

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

Haute Cuisine

My Lucky Star - Dennie Gordon

Wadjda - Haifaa Al-Mansour

Mademoiselle C - (doc)

Mother of George - Written by Darci Picoult

Touchy Feely - Written and Directed by Lynn Shelton

Adore - Directed by Anne Fontaine

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

Bridegroom - Directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason

The idea of true love feels like an obscure concept that is relegated to the epic romantic narratives of film and literature, not the stories of real life. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason follows the relationship between Tom and Shane--two men who met through mutual friends in Los Angeles.

Through videos and pictures the pair had kept, interviews with close friends and family--Bloodworth-Thomason chronicles the epic romance between the pair--the highs of traveling the world together and sharing a home and dog--to the woefully depressing lows--Tom's conservative parents threatening them when Tom came out.

When tragedy later strikes, Shane must figure out how to live without Tom, so he tells their love story in a YouTube video "It Could Happen to You." Reaching millions of people and changing lives everywhere, Shane's video spoke out about same-sex equality and proved, yet again, that love is love. Bridegroom is a joyful, heartwrenching and inspiring film. (Kerensa Cadenas)


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

Dayton Hyde's destiny leads him on a dramatic journey through the West, from rodeos, conservation battles, and wild horse rescues to award-winning books, personal heartbreak and new-found love. (Indiewire)


Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

The Network - Directed by Eva Orner (doc)

Shepard & Dark - Directed by Treva Wurmfeld (doc)

Herb and Dorothy 50x50- Megumi Sasaki

The Muslims Are Coming! - Co-Directed by Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah

Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Coperthwaite (doc)

Love Is All You Need - Directed by Susanne Bier


Films Written By Women Opening This Weekend


All Is Bright - Written by Melissa James Gibson

Lie, cheat, steal...it's all part of the holiday spirit for ex-con Dennis (Paul Giamatti) and fast talker Rene (Paul Rudd) when they try to make a quick buck selling Christmas trees in New York. For Dennis it's a chance to go straight, and for his best friend and former partner-in-crime, Rene, it's a chance to make some easy cash so he can marry Dennis's ex-wife. But for two not-very-bright guys now stuck together on the cold streets of Brooklyn, this holiday season may bring some of the most unexpected miracles of all. (Press Materials)


Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Before Midnight - Co-Written by Julie Delpy


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

Ass Backwards - Written by June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson (VOD)

Much Ado About Nothing

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