Ladies Opening Weekend – September 2016

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

During the summer of 1942, a 14-year-old looks after his widowed mother and two siblings while working as a bicycle messenger.

This whole thing started with a mission: support female led films on opening weekend whenever possible.* If you want to read more about why, you can read that post here.

The fall can be a depressing time for movies. With the summer blockbusters now wrapped and the award hungry titles waiting for the winter, there is usually a shortage of compelling stories to pick from. However, it’s a full month for female directors who both write and direct their films. It’s practically a cinematic prozac.

September 2: 

White Girl (Written and Directed by Elizabeth Wood. Starring Morgan Saylor)
Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.

September 9:

Ithaca (Directed by and Starring Meg Ryan)
During the summer of 1942, a 14-year-old looks after his widowed mother and two siblings while working as a bicycle messenger.

September 16:

Bridget Jones’s Baby (Directed by Sharon Maguire, Written by Helen Fielding and Starring Renee Zellweger)
The continuing adventures of British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s. This time, she’s pregnant!

Miss Stevens (Written and directed by Julia Hart)
A comedy focused on a teacher who chaperones a group of high schoolers to a state drama competition.

Wild Oats (Written by Claudia Myers and Starring Jessica Lange, Demi Moore and Shirley MacLaine)
Everything changes for EVA when she receives a life insurance check accidentally made out for $5,000,000 instead of the expected $50.000. She and her best friend take the money and head out for the adventure of a lifetime.

September 23:

Girl Asleep (Directed by Rosemary Myers and Starring Bethany Whitmore)
The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can’t bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort.

The Dressmaker (Written and Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and Starring Kate Winslet)
In 1950s Australia, beautiful, talented dressmaker Tilly returns to her tiny hometown to right wrongs from her past. As she tries to reconcile with her mother, she starts to fall in love while transforming the fashion of the town.

My Blind Brother (Written and Directed by Sophie Goodhart)
Robbie, a blind athlete, is loved and adored as a local sports hero, and his brother, Bill, has never received the same adoration, which leads to a rivalry that boils over when they both fall for the same girl.

September 30:

Queen of Katwe (Directed by Mira Nair and Starring Lupita Nyong’o)
A young girl from Uganda trains to become a world chess champion.

American Honey (Written and Directed by Andrea Arnold)
A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Generation Startup (Directed by Cheryl Miller Houser and Cynthia Wade)
Generation Startup takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action-with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake.


One additional note before I go: I am not able to tell you if these movies are objectively good or feminist friendly, as I have not seen all of them. The point of this list is to give you a place to start. The truth is that we don’t have a lot to choose from, but part of the battle is giving you the information. Information is power. However, shared knowledge is also key. So if you see one of these films or have seen an early screening, please let us know if you recommend it or not in the comments.

This was originally posted on Being Geek Chic by Elizabeth Giorgi on September 2, 2016.