Detectives & Leaders – Watch The Trailers Of New Movie & TV Releases Directed By Women

By January 19, 2015News, Releases

Rise up and discover the new movie & TV releases directed by Ava DuVernay, Hanelle Culpepper, Desiree Akhavan, Sara Colangelo and Angela Bassett.

Summary: Selma by Ava DuVernay | Castle 7×12 “Private Eye Caramba!” by Hanelle Culpepper | Appropriate Behavior by Desiree Akhavan | Zero Motivation by Talya Lavie | Little Accidents by Sara Colangelo | Veronika Decides To Die by Emily Young | Whitney by Angela Bassett | Grimm 4×09 “Wesenrein” by Hanelle Culpepper


by Ava DuVernay

A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

2014, Drama, History, 128 min
Premiered at the AFI Fest on November 11, 2014
Limited US theatrical release on December 25, 2014
Wide US theatrical release on January 9, 2015
Nominated for the Best Motion Picture of the Year & Best Original Song at the 2014 Oscars
Won the AFI Award Movie of the Year 2014, Golden Globe of the Best Original Song

Directed by Ava DuVernay
Written by Paul Webbo
Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey
Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner & Oprah Winfrey
Cinematography by Bradford Young
Edited by Spencer Averick
Casting by Aisha Coley
Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter

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Castle 7×12 “Private Eye Caramba!”
by Hanelle Culpepper

When a young Latin telenovela actress is murdered, Beckett and the team are going to delve into a case that is as flamboyant and full of intrigue as any telenovela. In the meantime, Castle is going to get hired as a private investigator by the show’s sultry star to pursue the case from another angle.

2015, Mystery, TV, USA
Original Air Date: January 19, 2015 on ABC

Directed by Hanelle Culpepper
Written by Adam Frost
Starring Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Daya Vaidya
Produced by Andrew W. Marlowe, Rob Bowman
Music by Robert Duncan

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Appropriate Behavior
by Desiree Akhavan

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

2014, Comedy, USA, 90 min
US theatrical release on January 16

Directed by Desiree Akhavan
Written by Desiree Akhavan & Cecilia Frugiuele
Starring Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Adsit
Produced by Cecilia Frugiuele
Cinematography by Chris Teague
Music by Josephine Wiggs
Edited by Sara Shaw
Casting by Allison Twardziak
Production Design by Miren Marañón
Costume Design by Sarah Maiorino

Zero Motivation
by Talya Lavie

A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life.

2014, Comedy-Drama, USA, 97 min
Israeli release on June 26, 2014
Limited US release in New York (Quad Cinema) Chicago (Music Box), Seattle (Harvard Exit) in late 2014 and Los Angeles (Nuart) on January 16, 2014
Best Narrative Feature and Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca 2014
Best Director, Actress, Screenplay, Editing, Casting & Music at the Israeli Film Academy Award 2014

Directed by Talya Lavie
Written by Talya Lavie
Starring Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein
Produced by Guy Jacoel, Yochanan Kredo, Eilon Ratzkovsky & Yossi Uzrad
Cinematography by Yaron Scharf
Music by Ran Bagno
Edited by Arik Leibovitch
Casting by Orit Azoulay
Production Design by Ron Zikno
Costume Design by Yael Kredo

Little Accidents
by Sara Colangelo

In a small American town still living in the shadow of a terrible coal mine accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets.

2014, Drama, USA, 105 min
Limited US theatrical release on January 22, 2014

Directed by Sara Colangelo
Written by Sara Colangelo
Starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Lofland, Chloë Sevigny
Produced by Jason Michael Berman, Anne Carey, Thomas B. Fore & Summer Shelton
Cinematography by Rachel Morrison
Music by Marcelo Zarvos
Edited by Suzy Elmiger
Casting by Mitzi Corrigan, Jessica Kelly, Suzanne Smith
Production Design by Chris Trujillo
Costume Design by Meghan Kasperlik

Veronika Decides To Die
by Emily Young

After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.

2009, Drama, USA,
US VOD & limited theatrical release on January 20

Directed by Emily Young
Written by Roberta Hanley & Larry Gross based on the book by Paulo Coelho
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker, Erika Christensen
Produced by Jonathan Bross, Chris Hanley
Cinematography by Seamus Tierney
Music by Murray Gold & Michael Whalen
Edited by Úna Ní Dhonghaíle
Casting by Sig De Miguel & Stephen Vincent

Directed by Angela Bassett

Whitney chronicles Whitney Houston’s rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.

2015, Drama, TV Movie
Original Air Date: January 17 on Lifetime

Directed by Angela Bassett
Written by Shem Bitterman
Starring Yaya DaCosta, Arlen Escarpeta, Yolonda Ross
Produced by Larry Sanitsky, Laurence Ducceschi
Cinematography by Anastas N. Michos
Music by Travon Potts
Edited by Richard Comeau
Casting by Victoria Thomas

Grimm 4×09 “Wesenrein”
by Hanelle Culpepper

The Wesenrein act on their many threats against Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) marriage. Meanwhile, Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) bring Wu (Reggie Lee) to a place where he’s sure to find the answers he’s looking for. Elsewhere, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) tries to come to grips with her new reality.

Original Air Date: January 16, 2015
Directed by Hanelle Culpepper
Writer: Thomas Ian Griffith
Starring David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee & Bree Turner
Produced by: Bruce Carter


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