Watch at Home: ‘Fast Color’ & more from female filmmakers

Gugu Mbatha-Raw in FAST COLOR.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw in FAST COLOR. Photo Credit: Jacob Yakob.

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 6/21/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s selection is Fast Color.  The film premiered during SXSW last year prior to being released by Lionsgate in a very limited theatrical release.
With a captivating performance from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Fast Color is a female-led superhero thriller that touches on the supernatural in a post-Black Panther world.
Fast Color is the second feature film to be directed by Julia Hart.   At the core of it, the film is about a family of strong women who have the ability to create things and see the colors while doing so.  Unfortunately for Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), she was never able to see the world in which her ancestors saw it.  Instead, she isn’t blessed with the same gifts but cursed with earthquake-fearing seizures that have the authorities on the hunt.
When screenwriters Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz set off to pen the screenplay for Fast Color, chances are likely that they had no clue what the box office would look like in the days leading up to the world premiere.  The film comes on the heels of Black Panther‘s world domination and Ava DuVernay’s diverse casting for A Wrinkle in Time.  None of that matters because this is a film that offers some gripping performances from people of color in leading and supporting roles.
In co-writing the screenplay, Hart touches on her own experiences as a mother.  These experiences that only a mother can write are the type of experiences that show through in the screenplay.  There some moments in which the emotions pack a strong punch by way of Toussaint and Mbatha-Raw.
Fast Color may be a superhero movie but it’s a different type of film with a natural tone complementing the film.  Moreover, the diversity in casting is the film’s biggest plus as Hollywood embarks on an era in which representation matters.
Click HERE for my full review.
© Danielle Solzman (06/21/19) FF2 Media
Featured photos from Fast Color EPK
Photo Credits: Jacob Yakob

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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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