Watch at Home: ‘State Like Sleep’ & more from female filmmakers

Katherine Waterston as Katherine in STATE LIKE SLEEP.
Katherine Waterston as Katherine in STATE LIKE SLEEP. Photo credit: Sabrina Lantos.

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 12/18/18 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Rust Creek: Jen McGowan (director), Julie Lipson (co-writer)
  • State Like Sleep: Meredith Danluck (writer/director)


Led by Katherine Waterston and Michael Shannon’s performances, writer-director Meredith Danluck takes a fascinating approach to grieving by way of State Like Sleep.

Writer-director Meredith Danluck makes the decision to tell the story in a non-linear way.  While this can be frustrating for filmgoers in trying to keep track of what’s present day and what happened a year ago, it’s what is best for the film.  With Katherine Waterston having shorter hair in present day, one can at least tell what is what in that regard.

The wonderfully-acted performance from Waterston is what takes the film into noir territory.  If the police aren’t going to do the job, why not take it upon yourself?  Katherine develops a chemistry with Edward that one doesn’t see coming after that initial impression.

Edward is such a different character from what people are used to seeing in Michael Shannon.  There’s a sense of sweetness in watching his delivery that one didn’t get to see from him in The Shape of Water.  In his first on-screen appearance, there was a bad first impression but after seeing him talk to Katherine some more, he comes off as a caring man and one would want to be friends with him.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (12/11/18) FF2 Media

Featured photos from State Like Sleep EPK
Photo Credits: Sabrina Lantos

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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.
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