Weekly Update March 8: Women-Centric, Directed, Written Movies Playing Near You

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by Kerensa Cadenas
March 8, 2013 3:00 PM
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Electrick Children
Films About Women Opening This Weekend

Electrick Children - Written and Directed by Rebecca Thomas

Rachel is a rambunctious teenager from a fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah. On Rachel's 15th birthday, she discovers a forbidden cassette tape with rock music on it. Having never heard anything like it, Rachel has a miraculous experience.

Three months later, Rachel turns up pregnant and claims to have had an immaculate conception from listening to the music. Rachel's parents arrange a marriage for Rachel, but Rachel runs away to the closest city, LAS VEGAS, to search for the man who sings on the cassette tape, thinking he has something to do with her mysterious pregnancy... (From the website) NY and LA

Beyond the Hills

Cristian Mungiu's harrowing but starkly beautiful new film is set in an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania where Alina (Cristina Flutur) has been reunited with her childhood friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) after spending several years in Germany. Alina wants to leave and go to back Germany, and wants Voichita, a novice nun, to go with her. But Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest (Valeriu Andriuta) and refuses. When Alina challenges the priest in an attempt to win back Voichita's affection, she is suspected of being possessed. Mungiu based his gripping drama on a case of alleged demonic possession that occurred in a Romanian monastery in 2005. (From Press Materials)

Girl Rising

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Explore the film in detail at girlrising.com. (From the press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing 

Future Weather - Directed and Written by Jenny Deller

War Witch

Stoker

Beautiful Creatures

Lore - Directed by Cate Shortland

Side Effects

Mama

Zero Dark Thirty - Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Rust and Bone

Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend

Don't Stop Belivin': Everyman's Journey - Directed by Ramona S. Diaz (doc)

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': EVERYMAN'S JOURNEY, directed by Ramona S. Diaz, follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime's worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years. (from the press materials)

Gut Renovation - Directed by Su Friedrich (doc)

Welcome to Williamsburg, New York's new bohemia. Or is it? In the late 1980s artists moved into this working class neighborhood, populated by small manufacturers, Polish butchers, and auto repair shops, just across the East River. SoHo took 30 years to change from an artists' bohemia to an art gallery hotspot, to an outdoor shopping mall; Williamsburg's demise has been much faster, due in part to a 2005 zoning law change. (from the press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

A Place At The Table - Directed by Kristi Jacobsen and Lori Silverbush (doc)

Hava Naglia: The Movie - Directed by Roberta Grossman (doc)

Inescapable - Directed and Written by Ruba Nadda

West of Memphis - Directed by Amy Berg

The Guilt Trip - Directed by Anne Fletcher

Films Written by Women Opening This Weekend

Emperor - Co-Written by Vera Blasi

As General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture - and psychological warfare - General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? Caught between the high-wire political intrigue of his urgent mission and his own impassioned search for the mysterious school teacher (Eriko Hatsune) who first drew him to Japan, Fellers can be certain only that the tricky subterfuge about to play out will forever change the history of two nations and his heart.  (From Press Materials)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Safe Haven - Co-Written by Dana Stevens

Television By and About Women

Escape Fire - Co-Directed by Susan Froemke - 3/10/13 at 8:00pm on CNN/U.S.

The film reveals flaws in the notion that the healthcare delivered via America's fragmented patchwork of facilities, practitioners, and insurers offers good value for its outcomes. Through the real-life experiences of physicians and patients, Escape Fire shows the tremendous pressure providers feel to reduce costs and limit time with patients - and the frustrations of patients struggling with preventable conditions that are often created or exacerbated by insufficient or inappropriate care. (From Press Materials)


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