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Weekly Replace for October 16: Girls Centric, Directed, and Written Movies Opening – #NewsEverything #Hollywood

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FILMS ABOUT WOMEN OPENING AND COMING TO STREAMING/VOD

What the Structure Means to Me (Filmed Stage Manufacturing) – Directed by Marielle Heller; Written by Heidi Schreck 

As Amy Coney Barrett’s affirmation and the election draw nearer, I extremely suggest watching “What the Structure Means to Me,” whether or not you’re craving leisure, training, or catharsis. With affection, humor, and anger, Heidi Schreck’s award-winning play deftly unpacks the U.S. Structure’s deserves, but in addition makes the case that, as a doc created by wealthy white males, it overwhelmingly caters to wealthy white males. Girls, individuals of colour, LGBTQ+ people, the poor — this much-revered textual content couldn’t give much less of a fuck about them. When Schreck was a young person, she would take part in American Legion debate contests to earn school scholarship cash, arguing in regards to the deserves of the Structure and connecting its tenets to her life. As she grew up, skilled extra, and began studying about her household historical past, Schreck started to understand that the Structure she idolized just isn’t precisely all it’s cracked as much as be. Issues are coming aside on the seams within the U.S. proper now, and most days I want we might burn down the entire system and begin over. Because of “What the Structure Means to Me,” I higher perceive why that’s, and isn’t, a good suggestion. (Rachel Montpelier)

“What the Structure Means to Me” is now accessible on Amazon Prime. 

Stomach of the Beast (Documentary) – Directed by Erika Cohn 

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“Stomach of the Beast”

Although it’s most carefully related to Nazi Germany, eugenics has a historical past stateside as effectively. And it’s not only a factor of the previous. “Stomach of the Beast” tells the story of Kelli Dillon, considered one of many ladies who has been involuntarily sterilized whereas in jail. Erika Cohn’s documentary sees Dillon teaming up with Cynthia Chandler, a radical human rights lawyer, to reveal horrifying reproductive injustice occurring in California prisons by taking up the Division of Corrections. After telling Dillon she appeared to have cysts on her ovaries, a health care provider on the jail requested if she wished kids. She stated sure. Already a mom, she was lacking the chance to observe her two sons develop up, and hoped she’d get the prospect to have one other baby to share that have with. The 24-year-old consented to a hysterectomy if he discovered most cancers, and on that situation alone. Following the process, Dillon was informed she’d nonetheless be capable of have kids. She was lied to. “Stomach of the Beast” explores how — and why — this horror story unfolded: how inmates turn into numbers, and that depersonalization makes it simpler for these in energy to abuse them, the stigma towards these behind bars that encourages the general public to see them as subhuman, and the function that racism performs in all of this. (Laura Berger)

Learn Girls and Hollywood’s interview with Erika Cohn.

“Stomach of the Beast” is now in choose theaters and accessible by way of digital cinemas. Discover screening information right here. 

Dangerous Hair

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“Dangerous Hair”

A horror satire set in 1989, “Dangerous Hair”​​ follows an formidable younger lady (Elle Lorraine) who will get a weave in an effort to succeed within the image-obsessed world of music tv. Nonetheless, her flourishing profession comes at an important value when she realizes that her new hair might have a thoughts of its personal.

“Dangerous Hair” is now in drive-in theaters. It is going to be accessible on Hulu October 23. Discover screening information right here.

African Violet – Directed by Mona Zandi Haghighi

Center-aged Shokoo (Fatemeh Motamed Arya) finds out that her ex-husband, Fereydoun (Reza Babak), has been positioned in a nursing house by their kids. She and second husband Reza (Saeed Aghakhani) determine to care for Fereydoun themselves, however in their very own house. In doing so, the connection between Shokoo and Fereydoun is considerably reworked. This new scenario impacts Reza and Shokoo’s day by day life and sudden adjustments happen within the lives of all three characters.

“African Violent” is now accessible by way of digital cinemas. Discover screening information right here.

The State of Texas vs. Melissa (Documentary) – Directed by Sabrina Van Tassel 

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“The State of Texas vs. Melissa”

“The State of Texas vs. Melissa” explores the life journey of Melissa Lucio, the primary Hispanic lady to be sentenced to demise within the state of Texas. For over 10 years she has been awaiting her destiny, and now faces her final enchantment. Nobody had ever seen Melissa be violent in direction of her kids, but she was blamed for the day by day abuse and subsequent demise of her two-year-old daughter, who died from blunt head trauma. Set within the coronary heart of the Latino group of South Texas, the movie takes a have a look at Melissa’s damaged childhood, her grownup life suffering from poverty and prejudice, and the miscarriage of justice Melissa confronted, from the courtroom appointed lawyer who willingly put aside proof, to the district lawyer who used her case to assist his re-election. “The State of Texas vs. Melissa” is the portrait of a girl’s struggle towards a whole system.

“The State of Texas vs. Melissa” will likely be accessible on VOD October 20. 

The Sounding – Directed by Catherine Eaton; Written by Catherine Eaton and Bryan Delaney 

Raised on a distant island by her grandfather Lionel (Harris Yulin), Liv (Catherine Eaton) has by no means spoken. When Lionel discovers he’s dying, he calls the pushed, privileged son (Teddy Sears) of his greatest good friend to the island and asks him to guard Liv’s independence, alongside Lionel’s lawyer (Frankie Faison). That evening, as Lionel is studying to Liv, his voice fails him. Liv picks up the e book of Shakespeare and begins — first studying, then weaving a brand new language from Shakespeare’s phrases. She is dedicated to a psychiatric hospital and turns into a full-blown insurgent; her growing violence threatens to maintain her locked up for all times as she fights for her voice and her freedom.

“The Sounding” will likely be accessible on VOD October 20.

Seat 20D (Documentary) – Directed by Jill Campbell

When sculptor Suse Lowenstein’s son Alex was murdered within the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in an effort to return to phrases along with her grief, Suse turned to her artwork. She started to sculpt herself “stripped” bare and within the emotional place she fell upon listening to the information of her son’s demise. She discovered the method introduced some solace. Pondering this may assist others, Suse posted about her undertaking within the Pan Am Victims’ Household Publication, inviting others to take part. Seventy-five girls responded. Suse sculpted these girls posed within the painful second they fell into once they acquired the information. It took Suse 15 years to finish “Darkish Elegy.” She says she extended the method as a result of, “It saved me alive.” As Suse grapples along with her personal mortality, she should decide the destiny of this controversial memorial to the victims of a brutal assault that altered American historical past.

“Seat 20D” will likely be accessible on VOD October 20.

Linda and The Mockingbirds (Documentary) 

“Linda and The Mockingbirds” chronicles a street journey with Linda Ronstadt, musician Jackson Browne, and a tour bus stuffed with younger singers, dancers, and instrumentalists to the small city of Banámichi within the Mexican state of Sonora, the place Ronstadt’s grandfather grew up. There they meet up with their Mexican counterparts, the folkloric dance troupe Grupo de Danza Xunutzi, and placed on soulful performances showcasing Mexican tradition.

“Linda and The Mockingbirds” will likely be accessible on VOD October 20.

Surge (Documentary) – Directed by Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs 

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Lauren Underwood (middle) in the course of the manufacturing of “Surge”

“Surge” is a characteristic documentary in regards to the document variety of first-time feminine candidates who ran, received, and upended politics in what turned the historic, barrier-breaking 2018 midterm elections. The movie explores whether or not that is one other second in girls’s political historical past or the start of a real motion. “Surge” follows three congressional candidates in Texas, Indiana, and Illinois, who had been every seeking to flip their deep purple districts to blue, together with Lauren Underwood, the youngest Black lady ever to be elected to Congress. The movie exposes the double requirements, biases, and brutal realities girls face working for Congress — some, extremely sufficient, with out the assist of their very own celebration. “Surge” just isn’t solely about girls working for workplace, however about girls getting behind girls working for workplace. It powerfully faucets into the collective urgency of this time with a hopeful message that grassroots activism works and unlikely candidates can win.

Learn Girls and Hollywood’s interview with Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs.

“Surge” is now streaming on the Showtime Anytime app. It is going to be accessible on VOD October 21. 

Rebecca – Written by Jane Goldman, Anna Waterhouse, and Joe Shrapnel 

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“Rebecca”: Kerry Brown/ Netflix

After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with good-looking widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married younger lady (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing household property on a windswept English coast. Naïve and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trimmings of her new life, however finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first spouse, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is saved alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).

“Rebecca” will likely be accessible on Netflix October 21. 

Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Live performance (Live performance Movie)

Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame icon Stevie Nicks brings her legendary music to the massive display screen when “Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Live performance” comes to pick out cinemas for 2 nights solely. Recorded over two nights throughout her sold-out 24 Karat Gold Tour, the movie includes a set-list of fan favorites and uncommon gems from Stevie’s multi-platinum promoting catalog. The movie additionally highlights Stevie’s intuitive and intimate storytelling skills, charming audiences with private tales behind a number of the most well-known songs in music historical past.

“Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Live performance” will likely be in theaters October 21 and October 25 solely. Discover screening information right here.

The Witches 

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“The Witches”

Reimagining Roald Dahl’s beloved story for a contemporary viewers, Robert Zemeckis’ visually progressive movie tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming story of a younger orphaned boy (Jahzir Bruno) who, in late 1967, goes to reside along with his loving Grandma (Octavia Spencer) within the rural Alabama city of Demopolis. Because the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous however totally diabolical witches, she properly whisks him away to a seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at exactly the identical time that the world’s Grand Excessive Witch (Anne Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from across the globe — undercover — to hold out her nefarious plans.

“The Witches” will likely be accessible on HBO Max October 22. 

She Is the Ocean (Documentary) – Written and Directed by Inna Blokhina 

A girl is just like the ocean: a real power of nature. “She Is the Ocean” follows 9 extraordinary girls, scattered throughout all corners of the globe. However they’re united by the identical sea, and their love for these waters is matched solely by their dedication to protect and defend them. A journey of each pure magnificence and human empathy, “She Is the Ocean” is the story of highly effective girls with depths unknown.

“She Is the Ocean” is now in theaters and accessible by way of digital cinemas. Discover screening information right here.

The Satan Has a Title 

An formidable oil government (Kate Bosworth) leaves the entire business uncovered when she makes an attempt to outwit a not too long ago widowed farmer whose water she has poisoned.

“The Satan Has a Title” is now in theaters and accessible on VOD. 

Don’t Look Again

Caitlin Kramer (Kourtney Bell), a girl of religion overcoming a tragic previous, is amongst a number of individuals who see a person being fatally assaulted and don’t intervene. However when the witnesses begin dying mysteriously, Caitlin should unearth if they’re being focused by a killer or one thing much more insidious.

“Don’t Look Again” is now accessible on VOD.

36 Husbands 

Krista (Christa Pasch), prime spy and Kung Fu grasp, places her extraordinary powers in motion on her quest to decelerate the march in direction of World Battle III. Collectively along with her Kung Fu disciples, Gina (Roberta Bianchini) and Nola (Nadine Nourney) — and Frankie (Dominic Anglim), a spy on-loan from MI6 — they struggle and love their method internationally, leaving a path of damaged hearts and sabotaged plans.

“36 Husbands” is now accessible on VOD. 

FILMS MADE BY WOMEN OPENING AND COMING TO STREAMING/VOD

White Riot (Documentary) – Directed by Rubika Shah; Written by Rubika Shah and Ed Gibbs 

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“White Riot”

Britain, late-Nineteen Seventies. The nation is deeply divided over immigration. The Nationwide Entrance, a far-right and fascist political celebration, is gaining power. And countering this was Rock In opposition to Racism (RAR), a motion that swept throughout the U.Ok. and Europe and culminated in a 100,000+-person march and a legendary live performance occasion — Woodstock meets the March on Washington, punk-style.

Learn Girls and Hollywood’s interview with Rubika Shah.

“White Riot” is now accessible by way of digital cinemas. Discover screening information right here. 

J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius (Documentary) – Directed by Sandy Ok. Boone; Written by Sandy Ok. Boone and Jason Wehling

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“J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius”

The Church of the SubGenius has been known as “essentially the most aggressively preposterous theology the world has ever identified!” However what’s the Church? Filmmaker Sandy Ok. Boone explores the underground motion that has galvanized the imaginative, the inventive, the nerdy, even the deranged — to look at the simmering dystopia of their tradition, and do completely nothing about it, besides, perhaps, poke enjoyable at all of it.

Learn Girls and Hollywood’s interview with Sandy Ok. Boone.

“J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius” is now screening by way of digital cinemas. It is going to be accessible on VOD October 20.

Find out how to Repair a Major (Documentary) – Written and Directed by Brittany Huckabee 

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“Find out how to Repair a Major”

You might know him as a CNN professional on COVID-19. However Abdul El-Sayed had a earlier life. “Find out how to Repair a Major” follows the younger physician as he takes on Michigan’s political institution in a bid to turn into the primary Muslim governor in U.S. historical past. With unique entry and full editorial management, the movie follows Abdul and his underdog workforce on this battleground state as they hustle to achieve endorsements from Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez whereas confronting Islamophobia and a system that appears rigged towards them.

“Find out how to Repair a Major” will likely be accessible on VOD October 20.

After So Many Days (Documentary) – Directed by Samantha Yonack and Jim Hanft; Written by Samantha Yonack, Natalia Anderson, Jim Hanft, and Kyle Weber 

After a decade of constructing music collectively, Jim and Sam, a not too long ago married singer/songwriter duo from Los Angeles, weren’t the conventionally profitable band they’d hoped they’d be. Feeling caught and anxious about their future, the duo make a spontaneous resolution to place their music and marriage to the final word check by making a pact to play one present daily for a yr. With suitcases and a guitar, the troubadours ventured out for a 365-day tour down unexplored roads and onto sudden phases, bringing their music to new audiences all through 14 completely different international locations.

“After So Many Days” will likely be accessible on VOD October 20.

Going Points of interest: The Definitive Story of the Film Palace (Documentary) – Directed by April Wright 

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“Going Points of interest: The Definitive Story of the Film Palace”

“Going Points of interest” is a love letter to the historical past of cinema from penny arcades and nickelodeons, to the magnificent theaters constructed at a time when films had been bigger than life, by current day preservation efforts.

“Going Points of interest: The Definitive Story of the Film Palace” will likely be accessible on VOD October 20. 

Clouds – Written by Kara Holden 

Zach Sobiech (Fin Argus) is a fun-loving highschool scholar with uncooked musical expertise dwelling with osteosarcoma, a uncommon bone most cancers. At the beginning of his senior yr, he is able to tackle the world, nonetheless when he receives the information that the illness has unfold, he and his greatest good friend and songwriting associate, Sammy (Sabrina Carpenter), determine to spend Zach’s restricted time following their desires. With the assistance of Zach’s mentor and instructor, Mr. Weaver (Lil Rel Howery), Zach and Sammy are given the prospect of a lifetime and are supplied a document deal. Together with the assist of the love of his life, Amy (Madison Iseman), and his mother and father, Rob and Laura (Tom Everett Scott and Neve Campbell), Zach embarks on an unforgettable journey of friendship, love, and the ability of music.

“Clouds” is now accessible on Disney+. 

2 Hearts – Written by Veronica Hool and Robin U. Russin

For 2 {couples}, the longer term unfolds in several a long time and completely different locations, however a hidden connection will deliver them collectively in a method nobody might have predicted.

“2 Hearts” is now in theaters. Discover screening information right here.

Scare Bundle (Anthology) – Directed by Emily Hagins, Hilary Andujar, Courtney Andujar, Chris McInroy, Noah Segan, Baron Vaughn, Anthony Cousins, and Aaron B. Koontz; Written by Emily Hagins, Hilary Andujar, Courtney Andujar, Cameron Burns, Anthony Cousins, Ben Charge, Frank Garcia-Hejl, John Karsko, Aaron B. Koontz, Chris McInroy, Noah Segan, and Baron Vaughn

Chad Buckley (Jeremy King) is a lonely horror aficionado, spending his days overseeing a struggling video retailer and arguing along with his solely buyer, Sam (Byron Brown). When an unsuspecting job applicant arrives, Chad units out to show him the principles of horror, weaving out and in of hilarious segments geared towards the ropes and tropes of terror.

“Scare Bundle” will likely be accessible on VOD October 20.

TV AND EPISODIC PREMIERES

Grand Military – Created by Katie Cappiello (Premieres October 16 on Netflix) 

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“Grand Military”: Jasper Savage/Netflix

“Grand Military” tunnels right into a technology that’s raging and rising. 5 college students on the largest public highschool in Brooklyn tackle our chaotic world as they struggle to succeed, survive, wild out, break away, and seize the longer term.

Miley Cyrus Yard Periods (Music Particular) (Premieres October 16 on MTV)

Reimagining the beloved music collection “MTV Unplugged” from her Los Angeles yard, Miley Cyrus will take the stage to carry out an authentic cowl of “Gimme Extra” by Britney Spears, in addition to covers of songs by Pearl Jam, The Cardigans, and extra. Followers may have front-row seats as Cyrus performs stripped-down and acoustic units of her career-defining hits and newest single, “Midnight Sky.”

The Manner I See It (Documentary) – Directed by Daybreak Porter (Premieres October 16 on MSNBC)

Impressed by the New York Occasions #1 bestseller comes Daybreak Porter’s “The Manner I See It,” an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of essentially the most iconic Presidents in American Historical past, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen by the eyes of famend photographer Pete Souza. As Official White Home Photographer, Souza was an eyewitness to the distinctive and super duties of being essentially the most highly effective individual on Earth. The film reveals how Souza transforms from a revered photojournalist to a searing commentator on the problems we face as a rustic and a individuals.

Seduced: Contained in the NXIVM Cult (Docuseries) – Directed by Cecilia Peck and Inbal B. Lessner (Premieres October 18 on Starz)

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“Seduced: Inside The NXIVM Cult”

“Seduced: Contained in the NXIVM Cult” chronicles the extraordinary and harrowing journey of India Oxenberg — the daughter of Hollywood actress Catherine Oxenberg and a descendant of European royalty — who was seduced into the modern-day sex-slave cult NXIVM. Greater than 17,000 individuals, together with India, enrolled in NXIVM’s “Government Success Applications,” a entrance for the cult and a looking floor for its chief, grasp predator Keith Raniere. Girls in DOS, a secret master-slave society inside NXIVM, had been sex-trafficked and branded with a cauterizing iron. Each a few mom attempting to avoid wasting her daughter and restoration from trauma, the collection follows India’s seduction, indoctrination, enslavement, escape — and her function as “co-conspirator” in helping the U.S. authorities with bringing down Raniere and his prison enterprise.

The Bother with Maggie Cole (Premieres October 18 on PBS)

See what occurs when idle gossip escalates uncontrolled and begins to have an effect on individuals’s lives. Set in a picturesque fishing village, the collection facilities on Maggie Cole (Daybreak French), the self-appointed oracle of this close-knit group.

Darkness: These Who Kill – Created by Ina Bruhn (Premieres October 19 on Acorn TV)

Six months after a teenaged woman is kidnapped from a Copenhagen suburb, solely investigator Jan Michelsen (Kenneth M. Christensen) retains hope she’s alive. When Jan reveals a chilly case bearing the identical hallmarks, he brings in Louise Bergstein (Natalie Madueño), an professional on serial killers. With extra lives at stake, collectively they grapple with the darkness preying on the group on this Danish noir.

Chelsea Handler: Evolution (Comedy Particular) – Written by Chelsea Handler (Premieres October 22 on HBO Max)

Handler will share hilarious experiences about her household, friendships, and her first foray into remedy — the place she was in a position to unearth why everybody on this planet aggravated her a lot. She has at all times been a trusted voice and has offered much-needed perspective for the world. Now, she turns the eye on herself, reflecting on her private journey towards self-awareness, assisted by her dependable companion, hashish. By no means one to carry again, Handler bravely takes the stage to face herself in entrance of everybody.

Equal (Docuseries) – Directed by Kimberly Reed and Stephen Kijak (Premieres October 22 on HBO Max)

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“Equal”

“Equal” honors the rebels of yesteryear with never-before-seen archival footage together with stylistic depictions that deliver to life the gripping and true backstories of those leaders and unsung heroes. Over the course of the collection, viewers will meet a variety of LGBTQ+ visionaries portrayed by the solid, a lot of whom establish as members of the LGBTQ+ group. Every half has a definite and related telling: Half 1 explores the rise of early organizations, The Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively; Half 2 chronicles the twentieth century trans expertise, bookended by the 1966 Compton Cafeteria riots in San Francisco; Half 3 examines the contributions from the Black group on the rising LGBTQ+ civil rights motion; and Half 4 ties within the decades-long struggles with the culminated Stonewall rebellion — the start of the Pleasure motion.

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WEEK

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“Tragic Jungle”

Examine: The Variety of Girls Writers & Administrators Screening Indie Movies at Fests Continues to Rise
DOC NYC’s 2020 Lineup Introduced, 52 P.c of Options in Competitors Are Directed by Girls
AFI Fest 2020 Preview: A Romance That Transcends Borders, Rachel Brosnahan on the Run, & Extra
Decide of the Day: “Time”
NYWIFT Broadcasts 2020 Artistic Workforce Summit: Documentary Makers, Business, & Funders in Dialog
Visitor Put up: How “Gilmore Ladies” Rescued My Relationship with My Mom
“Starting” Named Georgia’s Decide for Oscars’ Worldwide Characteristic Class
Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Will Reunite for “Cleopatra”
Submit Now: Dedza Movies, Kino Lorber-Supported Distributor for Rising and Pupil Filmmakers

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