Opening June 21 to 27, 2021- Margaret Barton-Fumo reports

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists highlights movies made by and about women. With a vigilant eye toward current releases, we maintain an interactive record of films that are pertinent to our interests. Be they female-made or female-centric productions, they are films that represent a wide range of women’s stories and present complex female characters. As such, they are movies that will most likely be reviewed on AWFJ.org and will qualify for consideration for our annual EDA Awards, celebrating exceptional women working in film behind and in front of the camera. Our members are feature writers, columnists and regular contributors to a variety of media outlets and many of us publish regularly on the festival circuit. Our critical voices are widespread and diverse. We invite you to join us in tracking weekly releases of particular interest. And we welcome information about new films that will help us to keep our records updated and our critics alert. Below is a concise list of new releases set for the week of June 21 to 27 that are of particular interest:  

Tuesday, June 22  

  • Clairevoyant – Gravitas Ventures (VOD) – USA – Dramedy co-written and co-directed by Micaela Wittman and Arthur De Larroche, and starring Wittman. A yoga-practicing, chai latte drinking, incense burning rich girl hires a camera crew to document her journey to enlightenment as she attempts to attain nirvana and shed her ego.

Wednesday, June 23  

  • Good on Paper – Netflix – USA – Romantic comedy written by and starring Iliza Shlesinger, directed by Kimmy Gatewood. After years of putting her career first, a stand-up comic meets a guy who seems perfect: smart, nice, successful and possibly too good to be true.

Thursday, June 24 

  • An Unquiet Grave – Shudder – USA – Horror. A year after the death of his wife, a man enlists his sister-in-law to help him bring her back. Co-written by and starring Christine Nyland.
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  • LFG – CNN Films / HBO Max (HBO Max) – USA – Documentary. A no-holds-barred, inside account of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s ongoing fight for equal pay.
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  • Sisters on Track – Netflix – USA – Documentary. Three track star sisters face obstacles in life and in competition as they pursue Junior Olympic dreams in this extraordinary coming-of-age journey. Co-directed by Tone Grøttjord-Glenne and Corrinne van der Borch, executive-produced by Sam Pollard.

Friday, June 25 

  • Against the Current – Zeitgeist Films (Cinemas) – Iceland – Icelandic documentary about transgender athlete Veiga Grétarsdóttir, the first person in the world to attempt to kayak the 1,300 mile circumference of Iceland, counter-clockwise and against the current, an achievement that has been compared to climbing K2.
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  • Chasing Childhood – Abramorama (Virtual Cinemas) – USA – Documentary co-directed by Margaret Munzer Loeb and Eden Wurmfeld exploring the unintended consequences of overparenting.
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  • False Positive – A24 / Hulu (Cinemas, Hulu) – USA – Horror co-written by and starring Ilana Glazer (Broad City). As if getting pregnant weren’t complicated enough, Lucy sets out to uncover the unsettling truth about her fertility doctor.
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  • Fathom – Apple TV+ – USA – Documentary following Dr. Ellen Garland and Dr. Michelle Fournet, two scientists focused on the study of humpback whale songs and social communication. As they embark on parallel research journeys on opposite sides of the world, they seek to better understand whale culture and communication.
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  • God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya – 1844 Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – Republic of North Macedonia / Belgium / France / Croatia / Slovenia – Drama. A Macedonian woman throws herself into a traditionally men-only ceremony, kicking up a ruckus and standing her ground.
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  • I Carry You With Me – Sony Pictures Classics (Cinemas) – Mexico / USA – Dramatic feature debut from documentary filmmaker Heidi Ewing. An epic love story spanning decades is sparked by a chance encounter between two men in provincial Mexico. Based on a true story.
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  • Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide – Greenwich Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – Brazil / USA – Documentary about the artist Kenny Scharf co-written and co-directed by Malia Scharf.
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  • Mary J. Blige’s My Life – Amazon Prime – USA – Documentary directed by Vanessa Roth. A look at the life and work of Grammy-winning artist Mary J. Blige.
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  • The New Bauhaus – (VOD) – USA – Documentary about the life, ideas and impact of Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy. Directed by Alysa Nahmias, co-written by Nahmias and Miranda Yousef.
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  • Rebel Hearts – Discovery+ – USA – Documentary. A look at Los Angeles’s Sisters of the Immaculate Heart, nuns who challenged the patriarchal conventions of the Catholic Church fifty years ago and are still taking a stand today.
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  • Too Late – Gravitas Ventures (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Horror / comedy directed by D.W. Thomas, starring Mary Lynn Rajskub, Fred Armisen and Jack De Sena. A lonely assistant finally finds love and must escape her monster of a boss before she and her new love become his next meal.
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  • Werewolves Within – IFC Films (Cinemas) – USA – Horror / comedy adaptation of the video game where werewolves attack a medieval town. Written by Mishna Wolff.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Highlighted titles have links to full reviews. Stay tuned in for next week’s releases! Contact us if we’ve overlooked anything.

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Margaret Barton-Fumo

Based in New York, Margaret Barton-Fumo has contributed to Film Comment since 2006. Her monthly online column, “Deep Cuts,” focused on the intersection of film and music. She has interviewed such directors, actors, and musicians as Brian De Palma, James Gray, Harry Dean Stanton, and Paul Williams, and has additionally contributed to Senses of Cinema and Stop Smiling. She is the editor of Paul Verhoeven: Interviews, published by the University Press of Mississippi.