When I think August, I think END OF SUMMER. That’s a frightening thought. So let’s think AUGUST NEW RELEASES instead, shall we?

What’s The Women to Watch List?

I started this project all the way back in May. Three months later and I’m both surprised and not surprised. Surprised, because there are SO MANY movies and television shows I would not have thought to watch (or even known were premiering), that are the product of women in the film industry. Not surprised, because (as you’ll see with these August new releases) there just aren’t enough.

August New Releases include ONLY TWO films by Women.

This has been the most disturbing month for theatrical releases thus far. TWO films have women in above-the-line positions, and only one is directed by a woman (an incredibly charged looking thriller from Maris Curran – trailer included below).

This, to me, is a tragedy. A damn shame. I’d encourage you to write your congressman/woman, but what good will it do? Instead, tell the production companies DIRECTLY how you feel by purchasing a ticket to these women-helmed films this month. And maybe put your strong words to work on Twitter (the only place people seem to listen anymore). Seriously, tag the studios. Tag these filmmakers. Retweet trailers and reviews. DO SOMETHING.

August New Releases in TV are all about the Docs.

Documentaries ranging from politics to toucans (I’m really excited about the toucans – it looks like I’ll cry a lot). You’ll see women’s work this month on PBS, Animal Planet, and Discovery Channel. Please notice how varying their subject matter is.

For anyone concerned that the only types of films women make are films about other women (I know there are people honestly concerned about this – you’re weird), this month you’ll find films about a men’s rowing team and the state of the Colorado river. We’re a wide-ranging bunch of creators, FYI. Give us a chance

And if you do anything at all?

Just watch them.

The Disclaimer: I researched each title myself and had no singular source list. While this list is hopefully expansive, it is not exhaustive. If I’m missing a project that you know has a female writer or director (or creator/heavily female writer’s room in the case of a tv show), drop me a line and I’ll gladly add it to the list.

Women to Watch: August

In Theaters

Films set for an August 2016 release

“After his wife dies in a tragic car accident, young Sherwin (David Oyelowo) is called to Maine by his terminally ill and estranged mother-in-law Lucinda (Dianne Wiest). Grappling with a lifetime of disagreements, Lucinda and Sherwin find themselves forced to cope with their failings and grief in a quiet journey of empathy, compassion and healing.” [filmrise.com]

 

“An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.” [imdb]

On Television

Shows premiering or airing new episodes in July 2016

“The single-camera series follows stars Esposito and Butcher, who wed in December 2015, as a married couple co-hosting a stand-up showcase. ” [EW.com]

 

“Armed with her hand-held camera and a sense of humor, Alexandra Pelosi gains exclusive access to the donor class, and offers a peek into the lifestyles of the rich and political. Starting in New York City, arguably home to the most mega-donors and canapé-infused fundraisers, she drops into corner offices and cocktail soirees. Pelosi asks these billionaires and multi-millionaires about the extent of their contributions and giving philosophies.” [HBO]

“The story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Their unexpected victory, against not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers, gave hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression.” [PBS]

“… a glimpse into the serious manmade water shortage that threatens the very existence of the American West. Presented in association with ProPublica and based on reporter Abraham Lustgarten’s award-winning series of the same name, the film presents the grim reality that 40 million Americans could soon be without enough water and proposes innovative solutions to preserve this precious resource for future generations.” [Discovery]

“A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince.” [imdb]

“… the story of Grecia, the toucan in Costa Rica whose unconscionable abuse sparked international outrage and inspired a national animal welfare campaign.” [Discovery.com]

Continuing this month:

(see June and July’s list for full details)

What are watching in August?

What August new releases are you raring to see? Watching anything from last month? Leave it the comments and let’s talk about it.

Women to Watch: August New Releases | Television and Film Written, Directed, and Created by Women | See the whole list on onecriticalbitch.com
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August 2, 2016

  • becca

    This post is so different to anything I’ve ever read before! So insightful- great post lovely X

    • Thank you! Glad you liked it – stop by next month for September’s picks 😉

  • I love your posts on this every month! I’ve not seen any of these except the little prince and I loved it so much.

    • Yay! So glad I’m getting repeat visitors on these. I haven’t sat down to watch The Little Prince yet, but it’s sitting on my Netflix queue and I’m so looking forward to it!

  • Priyanka Rai

    Such an interesting read, I loved it! Will definitely check some of these out!

    • Yes, please do! And thanks so much for reading!

  • Róisín H

    Great post, it’s such a shame that female creators are so often overlooked/presumed to only make certain types of art/film/literature etc. I’m so looking forward to watching The Little Prince & will have to check out some others here!

    • Absolutely. That’s why I’m committed to doing this every month – maybe if there’s an easy place to get all the info, more people will be able to make an effort to see these films, and see the diversity in films made by women. And yes, The Little Prince is sitting in my queue waiting to be watched with delight! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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