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5 Yet To Be Released Female Directed Projects In 2017

2017 has turned out to be a busy year for female directors. “Wonder Woman” is sitting fabulously on a domestic box office gross of just over $389 million. Films like “The Beguiled” garnered critical acclaim, while Ava Duvernay made news by becoming the first black female to direct a film with a budget over $100 million. Speaking of Duvernay, “A Wrinkle in Time” is set to be released in March of 2018. If the trailer is any indication of how great this film will be, 2018 should be a fantastic year for Duvernay. With all the amazing gains that have happened in 2017, there is still more to come in the final 5 months of the year.

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Battle of the Sexes, Co-Directed by Valerie Faris

Via deadline.com

The film stars Emma Stone (as Billie Jean King) and Steve Carell (as Bobby Riggs) and is based on the true life Riggs v. King tennis showdown. Known as The Battle of the Sexes this tennis match changed the course of women’s sports forever. Battle of the Sexes is set to be released in theaters on September 22nd.

Mudbound, Directed by Dee Rees

Via shawdowandact.com

Mudbound was sold at Sundance for $12.5 million earlier this year. It’s the story of two WWII vets returning home and struggling to readjust back to civilian life. It also explores racism in the south. I could not find a nationwide release date for this firm, so I’ve included it on this list for anticipated 2017 releases.

My Abandonment, Directed by Debra Granik

Debra Granik / Via IMDB.com

My Abandonment is currently in post production. According to IMDB its about a father and his daughter living in an urban park in Portland Oregon who have to overcome a small mistake that derailed their lives. No release date has been set.

The Nightingale, Directed by Jennifer Kent

Via IMDB.com

Jennifer Kent ( of Babadook fame) wrote and directed this film. It’s the story of a young woman in Tasmania who is seeking revenge for the murder of her family. No U.S Theatrical release date has been set for this film as of this post.

Detroit, directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Via IMDB.com

Detroit stars John Boyega (of Star Wars) and Anthony Mackie. The film is based on the real events of the Algiers Hotel Incident during the 1967 Detroit riots. Detroit is set to be released on August 4th.

According to a study conducted by San Diego State’s Center for the study of Women in Television and Film, Female directors made up only 7% of all directors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films in 2016. Female directors still have a long way to go, but women like Ava Duvernay, Patty Jenkins, and Kathryn Bigelow are the shinning light at the end of a deep dark tunnel.

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