Watch at Home: ‘Astronaut’ & more from female filmmakers

Richard Dreyfuss as Angus in the family drama ASTRONAUT.
Richard Dreyfuss as Angus in the family drama ASTRONAUT. Photo courtesy of Quiver Distribution.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.
Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 7/26/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Astronaut – Shelagh McLeod (writer/director)
  • See You Soon – Jenia Tanaeva (co-writer)

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s selection is Astronaut.  While I had an opportunity to view the film recently, I ended up not reviewing it.  Astronaut is a film that comes on the heels of this summer’s 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing.  The film screened during the Fantasia International Film Festival prior to being released in theaters and VOD.  Here’s the synopsis of the Shelagh McLeod-directed film:

Angus, a lonely widower, has his long-extinguished dream to become an astronaut reignited when a national competition is announced. The prize? One ticket for a trip to space! Way over the age-limit, Angus alters his birthdate so he can enter the competition. Against all odds, but with help coming from his dysfunctional family, he must battle against preconceptions, ill health and time, to win the ticket and take the trip of his dreams.

Richard Dreyfuss leads a cast that inclides Lyriq Bent, Krista Bridges, Graham Greene, Richie Lawrence, and Colm Feore.
 
© Danielle Solzman (07/26/19) FF2 Media
Featured photos from Astronaut EPK
Photo Credits: Quiver Distribution

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture. Film Critic, Solzy at the Movies Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association Member, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Member, Alliance of Women Film Journalists Member, Online Association of Female Film Critics Member, Online Film Critics Society Member, Online Film & Television Association Tomatometer Critic
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