The good news from First Run Features is that the indie distributor boasts five fem-helmed or co-directed films currently in theatrical release or scheduled to open soon. They’re all superb! So, keep your eyes wide open for:
- Stonewall Uprising, directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, telling the story of what happened at the Stonewall Inn one summer in 1969, when gays decided to resist police oppression.
- Mugabe and the White African, directed by Lucy Baily and Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey, documents “white African” Mike Campbell’s international court battle against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, over the forced re-allocation of white-owned farmland and the loss of property owned and worked by his family for generations.
- Neshoba: The Price of Freedom, directed by Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano, takes us to Mississiippi’s Neshoba County, where 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, the State — at long last — indicted preacher Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old racist who allegedly masterminded the killings.
- Altiplano, directed by Jessica Hope Woodworth and Peter Brosens, is a feature film about how a riot in a small village in the Peruvian Andes eventually creates a bond between two women—one native, one foreign—who are brought together in its aftermath.
- Kings of Pastry, directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, documents France’s Meilleurs Ouvriers de France pastry competition—and, by the way, don’t go to see this one while you’re hungry!
Check the First Run Features Website for more information on the films, scheudling and, for those who cannot find these films in nearby theaters, projected DVD release dates.