Support the Films “Away From Her” and “Georgia Rule”

This is a banner month for women over 40 in film. “Away from Her” opens May 5th and stars Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis and Gordon Pin sent. I know you’ll enjoy this one, as I happened to see an advance screening, and believe me, even if you deprive yourself of popcorn, this is a real winner. Julie Christie is absolutely marvelous as a woman who must come to grips with the onset of memory loss. Gordon Pinsent, as her husband, is equally wonderful, and needless to say, Olympia Dukakis is her usual fabulous self. This is a screenplay adaptation of Alice Munro’s short story, “The Bear Came Over The Mountain”, and was loved by critics and audiences alike when it premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Also, it marks the arrival of an exciting new FEMALE filmmaker, Canadian actress Sarah Polley, who makes her feature screenwriting and directorial debut.

The other film we need to rush out and support on its opening weekend, May 11, is “Georgia Rule”, about a family in which “attitude doesn’t skip a generation”! It follows a rebellious teenager, played by Lindsay Lohan, as she is dragged off by her dysfunctional mother, played by Felicity Huffman, to spend the summer with her grandmother, played by Jane Fonda. This is a journey for the young teenager that “will lead all three women to revelations of buried family secrets and an understanding that ,regardless of what happens, the ties that bind can never be broken.” Now while I have not yet seen this one, I have worked with the director, Garry Marshall, and truly love his work: “Princess Diaries”, “Runaway Bride”, “Pretty Woman” — need I say more? And it is adapted by Mark Andruss (also adapted Divine Secrets of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood and wrote As Good As It Gets), so how could it not be a delightful adventure?

So check the opening weekend dates to make sure they don’t change, and run, don’t walk, to your local movie theatre to support our fellow middle-aged ladies and have a great time doing it, with or without the popcorn!!

PS: And by the way, two other films opened a few days ago that deserve our attention as well: “Snow Cake” starring Sigourney Weaver and “Jindabyne” starring Laura Linney.”

Judith Drake, proud to be middle-aged!
In the Trenches Productions

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Published in: on May 4, 2007 at 12:43 am  Comments (1)  

It Is Time to Support “The Queen”

The time has arrived to support the Queen. What?! Support the Queen?? The Queen of England? The rock group? Our inner royalty? The queenliness in all of us? My chessboard queen?? Nay, nay! I mean the movie “The Queen” opening October 6th 2006 and starring Helen Mirren. “The Queen is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public’s demand for an overt display of mourning.” Here are the top 10 grossing films of this past weekend. Open Season The Guardian Jackass Number Two School for Scoundrels Gridiron Gang Jet Li’s Fearless The Illusionist Flyboys The Black Dahlia Little Miss Sunshine This is all there is. I ask you…. Do you see a movie with a woman over 40 in this entire list of 10? Well okay, one. “Little Miss Sunshine”. And I must admit, I don’t know if Toni Collette wants me to refer to her as a woman over 40, because she may not be, but she plays a mom with a teenage son and for those of us who waited to have children till our later years it can mean the same thing. Besides even if she isn’t, the movie is just so darn special and she is so wonderful in it, that we urge you to go see it. And Sunshine is about the only one of the other films playing now that has a mature women that did NOT make the top ten. Yes, there is “Keeping Mum” with Maggie Smith and “Hollywoodland” with Diane Lane in a supporting role. But let’s face it. It is slim pickin’s when it comes to finding a good movie starring a woman over 40 or, let’s face it, a woman ANY age in a starring role. This problem does not seem to be getting better and I am not the only one who thinks so. Please check out this Entertainment Weekly article “Hollywood VS Women” by Christine Spines, http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,1540660_1_0_,00.html. “Six ways for Hollywood to stop alienating women. They go to movies. They bring their friends. There are 3 billion of them. So how come the big studios aren’t making more films for them?” In the Trenches Productions tries to inform you, the little gal or guy, on the ways you can convince Hollywood to make movies for women over 40 so YOU can help make things better. But Entertainment Weekly has gone a step further and given the powers-that-be in Hollywood an ingenious and coherent plan, i.e. click on link above. Entertainment Weekly is doing their part, so we, the female audience, need to start doing OUR part too. As you can see from the list of films in the entertainment section of your local paper the female demographic has very little to choose from. We’re not saying all movies should address our demographic. We are merely asking the studios to make movies for us as well. We want to be included in that elite list of targeted groups. And the studios and the distributors will reap huge rewards when they finally start doing just that. So again, In The Trenches Productions and I are encouraging you to get to the theatres this weekend and support “The Queen”! Here is a movie where a woman over 40 carries the entire movie. A woman over 40 is the big mucky muck! So we need to get there in BIG numbers and continue to do so. She needs us! So let’s all get out there and SUPPORT “THE QUEEN”!
Debbie Zipp, In The Trenches Productions

Published in: on October 4, 2006 at 1:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Love and Sex Are In The Air This Summer

YES! Love and sex for women over 40 are in the air (or I should say in the movie theatres) this summer. There are two films playing in limited release that may not have come to your attention yet. So the In The Trenches Productions Grass Roots Campaign is doing just that: bringing them to your attention! It is a rare event when a woman over 40 has a starring role in a feature film these days and we need to support them and bring up their box office numbers. Now they may be hard to find, but I’ll try to give you some website addresses here to help you. But we urge you to check your papers for any theatres showing these two films and get your bodies in there. Air-conditioning, popcorn and helping support our fellow 40+ females, who could ask for more?? First, playing in the movie theatres now is HEADING SOUTH. “Directed by Lauren Cantet, HEADING SOUTH is about older single women in 1970’s Haiti vacationing at a resort where impoverished local beach boys serve as holiday gigolos. The teenagers devote themselves to nourishing the women’s starved libidos in exchange for food, gifts and temporary refuge from the perils of the island’s repressive regime. A rave review by Stephen Holden in The New York Times called the movie “one of the most truthful examinations ever filmed of desire, age and youth.” For more information about HEADING SOUTH go to: http://www.shadowdistribution.com/ BOYNTON BEACH CLUB, directed by Susan Seidelman, Is opening August 4th in Los Angeles at the Westside Pavilion. “ If you think you know what goes on behind the gates of our nation’s retirement communities, think again. This winning and witty romantic comedy, starring Dyan Cannon, Joseph Bologna, Sally Kellerman, Len Cariou and Brenda Vaccaro shows that it’s never to late to fall in love. As the head end of the original Baby Boomer generation now approaches retirement age, the concept of what it means to be older has dramatically changed. So those who think that new love and romance end well before retirement age are in for a reality check. No one sees themselves as becoming old, and the residents of Boynton Beach aren’t about to start. In a world where 60 is fast becoming the new 40, Boynton Beach Club shows us that it’s never to late too fall in love with ourselves and others, whatever your age” For more information go to: http://www.boyntonbeachclubthemovie.com/ We MUST flock to these movies to show support. They don’t just have a woman over 40 in a lead role but they are movies where these women are in love or having sex or both! What could be better!

Published in: on August 4, 2006 at 2:01 am  Leave a Comment  

“The Devil Wears Prada”

Did you know the first weekend could make or break the opening of a new film! Well it is! So as the COO of In The Trenches Productions I am going to encourage you through this blog to see certain films that star women over 40 on opening weekend. For more information check out our website http://www.inthetrenchesproductions.com and the “What you can do” page under the Advocacy tab in the navbar and you will see why and how it all works. A feature film with a woman over 40 playing a woman over 40 in a starring role is a rare thing because of the prevalent attitude with the Studio Execs that these movies do not make money. So we need to prove them wrong so it is essential the attendance is high opening weekend. Now don’t get me wrong. Whenever you can get to a film you want to support do it but that first weekend is preferable. Please go see the movies that are currently running in the movie theatres now. (See our Bravos under Advocacy) We are going to do our best to guide you in this grass roots campaign. And please don’t hesitate to contact us with any suggestions. MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND THAT NEEDS SUPPORT. “The Devil Wears Prada” A young woman scores a job working for one of New York City’s biggest magazine editors, Miranda Priestly (Streep). WHAT TO WATCH FOR “I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN” A romantic comedy about a mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) who falls for a younger man (Paul Rudd) and her daughter (Saoirse Ronan) who falls in love for the first time. Tracey Ullman plays the acerbic Mother Nature who meddles in their fates. Directed by Amy Heckerling
Debbie Zipp, In The Trenches Productions

Published in: on June 4, 2006 at 1:58 am  Leave a Comment