Rachel Saanchita Gupta stars in Skater Girl.

New Shows + Movies by Women — June 11, 2021

This is a great week for indie films. There aren’t any major releases by women outside the premiere of “Loki”, but there’s a range of intriguing work spread pretty evenly across streaming platforms. A week like this may not be the one where everyone’s talking about the same film. That just means it’s a week where everyone gets to share something exciting, unique, and specific that they’ve found.


Loki (Disney+)
directed by Kate Herron

Marvel Cinematic Universe villain Loki gets his own show. Having just broken time in “Avengers: Endgame”, he is forcibly recruited to use his talents in order to put it back together – even as he plots his escape.

While writer Michael Waldron serves as showrunner, it’s Kate Herron who directs the six-episode series. She previously directed on Netflix series “Sex Education”.

You can watch new episodes of “Loki” weekly on Disney+.

Little Birds (Starz)
showrunner Ruth McCance
directed by Stacie Passon

“Little Birds” is an adaptation of Anais Nin’s posthumously published collection of erotic short stories. The series is set in the Tangier international zone, 1955. Lucy has arrived hoping to find a less conventional life. Juno Temple and Yumna Marwan star.

This is Ruth McCance’s first time showrunning. Director Stacie Passon helms all six episodes. She’s directed on “The Punisher”, “American Gods”, and “Dickinson”, so expect some visual bravura. Sophia Al-Maria writes most of the series.

You can watch “Little Birds” on STARZ.


Shiva Baby (MUBI)
directed by Emma Seligman

Danielle is at a Jewish funeral service with her parents. She finds it a claustrophobic atmosphere of expectations and judgment even before she runs into her sugar daddy there.

This is the first feature from writer-director Emma Seligman. It’s based on her previous short film of the same name.

You can watch “Shiva Baby” on MUBI.

Tragic Jungle (Netflix)
directed by Yulene Olaizola

(Turn on Closed Captioning for subtitles.)

In 1920, a woman runs into the jungle of British Honduras (now Belize) to escape an arranged marriage to a British colonial. She happens on a group of gum workers, and what follows borders between myth, revenge.

Writer-director Yulene Olaizola has been recognized at the Ariel Awards in the past. Mexico’s equivalent to the Oscars saw her nominated for Best Documentary, Best Editing, and winning Best First Work for“Shakespeare and Victor Hugo’s Intimacies”. The film told the story of a schizophrenic artist who once lived at her grandmother’s boarding house.

You can watch “Tragic Jungle” on Netflix.

Skater Girl (Netflix)
directed by Manjari Makijany

Jessica is a Londoner who travels to rural India to learn more about her father’s childhood. Prerna is a teenage girl who learns about skateboarding from her. Prerna decides she wants to compete, in defiance of her parents’ wishes, even as Jessica decides to build a skate park there.

This is the first feature for writer-director Manjari Makijany, which may have also helped her produce an upcoming documentary “Skate Basti”, about how skateboarding helped a desert village in Rajasthan.

You can watch “Skater Girl” on Netflix.

So Pretty (OVID TV)
directed by Jessica Dunn Rovinelli

Four queer and trans youth try to maintain the community they’ve started. Their lives intertwine with a German novel, “So Schon”, as the outside world invades their attempt at a utopia.

This is the second feature by writer-director-actress-editor Jessica Dunn Rovinelli after her 2016 documentary “Empathy”. She is trans, which is worth highlighting here because it’s important for more stories to be told by trans directors, and for audiences to seek out more work from trans perspectives.

You can watch “So Pretty” on OVID TV.

Holler (VOD)
directed by Nicole Riegel

To pay for college, Ruth takes a dangerous job on a scrap metal crew. They spend the winter combing through scrap yards and stealing metal from defunct factories in rural Ohio.

This is Nicole Riegel’s first feature as director and second as writer.

You can rent “Holler” on Amazon, Google Play, or YouTube.

Young Hearts (HBO Max)
co-directed by Sarah Sherman

Harper is a freshman in high school. She connects with her brother’s best friend Tilly, and starts a relationship with him. The two deal with the criticism and social fallout that results. The film gets into their different experiences, as Harper gets the brunt of it as the younger girl and Tilly sees some of his male friends celebrate him as the older boy.

Sarah Sherman wrote the screenplay, and directs with Zachary Ray Sherman. This was previously featured but hard to find. You can now watch “Young Hearts” on HBO Max.

Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.

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