Watch at Home: ‘Miss Americana’ & more from female filmmakers

Taylor Swift in a still from Miss Americana
A still from Taylor Swift: Miss Americana by Lana Wilson, an official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

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 1/31/2020 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):


This week’s selection is Miss AmericanaMiss Americana presents a very open look at singer-songwriter Taylor Swift with raw conversations and new insight into Swift as a person.

Taylor Swift is one of the most popular singers in the world.  It’s no surprise that a documentary starring Swift would premiere on opening night at Sundance.  However, audiences were allowed into see a side of Swift that we don’t usually see on social media or her TV appearances.  Here’s a musician who didn’t do any press for three years before collaborating with filmmaker Lana Wilson.

Much of the film focuses on the songwriting for the recent Lover album.  However, Miss Americana edits in home videos from when Taylor Swift was growing up.  You get to see her before she was a star and started making a name for herself in Nashville.  At the same time, we also see how Swift was forced down a psychological path that had nothing to do with her.  In some ways, Kanye West is responsible for the direction of Taylor Swift’s career.  What he did during the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 was devastating.  It was so much that President Barack Obama, Jimmy Kimmel, Dr. Phil, and more would chime in with their thoughts.

Miss Americana sees Taylor Swift going where Taylor Swift hasn’t gone before…at least in the public eye.

Click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (1/31/20) FF2 Media

Featured photos from Miss Americana EPK
Photo Credits: Sundance Institute

Tags: Miss Americana, Taylor Swift

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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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