Jeremy Allen White as Carmy in "The Bear".

New Shows + Movies by Women — July 1, 2022

We are in a time of shock and the temptation is to normalize it. In the last week, Roe and the right to an abortion was overturned, the ability to enforce Miranda rights was severely limited, Native Americans lost jurisdiction over their land, employees proselytizing in public schools was given the green light, and the EPA was gutted of its regulatory ability (and by extension of the ruling, potentially many other federal agencies). We have a Supreme Court with a 6-3 Republican majority, that has decided to legislate from the bench.

They’ve agreed to hear a case next year that would give state legislatures the ability to override their state’s voting results – something that would have handed a second term in the presidency to Trump in 2020, and that may guarantee we never see a Democratic president again regardless of how large an electoral margin they win by.

The temptation is to think that norms will override this moment, that it can’t happen here, as if the last six years haven’t been a step-by-step guide for how it happens here. The temptation will be to view this fear as radical and unrealistic, the way people worried about Roe being overturned or federal agencies being eviscerated were a very short time ago viewed as radical and unrealistic. It will happen here. It’s about to happen here. We have one election remaining to stop it. We have one year remaining to stop it.

I am more anxious and angry than I was during Bush’s seizure of the 2000 election, or during 9/11, or during Trump’s election. There’s one step left they have to take before erasing any semblance of a democracy here. Please take action. Please get used to taking action every day. Please get others to take action alongside you. So many will suffer if we don’t.

There’s no segue. Art’s still important, maybe even moreso than ever.


The Bear (FX, Hulu)
co-showrunner Joanna Calo

A chef with a fine dining background comes back home to Chicago. He’s attempting to save his family’s sandwich shop, but he may be in over his head. “The Bear” has already seized attention as one of the best series of the year.

Joanna Calo showruns with creator Christopher Storer. She’s written and produced on a diverse range of series including “Hacks”, “The Baby-Sitters Club” and “BoJack Horseman”.

You can watch “The Bear” on FX or Hulu. All 8 episodes are available.

Gordita Chronicles (HBO Max)
showrunner Brigitte Munoz-Liebowitz

A reporter reflects on her childhood, growing up in a Dominican family that immigrated to Miami in the 1980s.

Brigitte Munoz-Liebowitz showruns the series created by Claudia Forestieri. Munoz-Liebowitz has written for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and wrote and produced on “One Day at a Time”. Forestieri wrote on “Good Trouble” and wrote and produced on “Selena: The Series”.

You can watch “Gordita Chronicles” on HBO Max. All 10 episodes are available.

Chloe (Amazon)
showrunner Alice Seabright
directed by Amanda Boyle, Alice Seabright

In this British series, Becky compares her own life to the Instagram profiles she follows on a daily basis. When her favorite Chloe dies, Becky assumes a new identity in order to investigate why.

Creator and showrunner Alice Seabright previously wrote and directed on “Sex Education”. She got her start in the industry working as a script supervisor, assistant director, and editor in 2012.

You can watch “Chloe” on Amazon. All six episodes are available.


Doula (VOD)
directed by Cheryl Nichols

After a couple’s doula dies, they decide to hire her son as a live-in doula.

This is director Cheryl Nichols’s third film.

See where you can rent “Doula”.

Doom of Love (Netflix)
directed by Hilal Saral

In this Turkish film, a man whose ad agency has gone bankrupt starts a relationship with a singer at a yoga retreat. I can’t embed an English trailer for this, but the movie has English translations.

Hilal Saral has long been active directing Turkish TV series. This is her first film.

You can watch “Doom of Love” on Netflix.

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

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