Opening October 18 to 24, 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 October 18 to 24 that are of particular interest:  

Now Playing at Anthology Film Archives in NYC until Oct. 22: 

  • All About My Sisters – Icarus Films – USA – Documentary directed, filmed and edited by Qiong Wang. 22-year-old Qiong digs into her family’s dramas and traumas, exploring the complexity of politics, gender, sex, birth control and social political power over women’s bodies.

Monday, October 18  

  • Women Is Losers – HBO Max – USA – Drama written and directed by Lissette Feliciano, starring Lorenza Izzo. In 1960s San Francisco, a once-promising catholic school girl, Celina Guerrera, sets out to rise above the oppression of poverty and invest in a future for herself, setting new precedents for the time.

Tuesday, October 19  

  • Mothers of the Revolution – (VOD) – New Zealand – Documentary co-written and directed by Briar March that tells the story of the extraordinary women behind the Greenham Common Peace Camp. Narrated by Glenda Jackson.

Wednesday, October 20 

  • Found – Netflix – USA – Docu-drama directed by Amanda Lipitz. The story of three American teenage girls–each adopted from China–who discover they are blood-related cousins on 23andMe. Their online meeting inspires the young women to confront their burning questions concerning their lost history.

Friday, October 22 

  • At the Ready – Gravitas Ventures (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Documentary shot and directed by Maisie Crow. A group of high school seniors train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents at El Paso’s Horizon High School, near the U.S. / Mexico border.
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  • Attica – Showtime (Cinemas; television premiere Nov. 6) – USA – Documentary co-directed by Traci Curry and Stanley Nelson. An unnervingly vivid dive into the 1971 uprising that sheds new light on the enduring violence and racism of the prison system and highlights the urgent, ongoing need for reform 50 years later.
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  • Becoming Cousteau – Picturehouse (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary directed by Liz Garbus focusing on the inventor-explorer-environmentalist-filmmaker Jacques Cousteau.
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  • No Future – Gravitas Ventures (Cinemas) – USA – Drama starring Catherine Keener and Charlie Heaton. After the tragic overdose of his estranged friend, Will, a recovering addict, returns home, where he is reunited with Claire, his friend’s grieving mother, with whom he begins a secret but volatile affair.
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  • The Subject – Gravitas Ventures (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Drama directed by Lanie Zipoy, written by Chisa Hutchinson. The Subject follows a successful white documentary filmmaker as he deals with the fallout from his last film, which caught the murder of a Black teen on tape. While he shoots a new documentary series for a major network, someone films his every move, threatening his idyllic life.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. 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.