Apr 14 • 9M

Cause Cinema Spotlight

Tiny Things, Little Farms & Teenage Girls

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Jon Fitzgerald
Anchored by the concept of Filmmaking for Change, this podcast will include a combination of weekly social impact film and TV series recommendations (Cause Cinema Spotlight), with occasional showcases and collections, based on timely themes or cultural events.
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Welcome back to the Cause Cinema Spotlight.    

We’ve got a good mix this week, A 15-year old coming of age movie, a fun new series where a mom is learning lessons of her own, and a sequel to an award-winning doc.

Let’s start there - yes we’re still celebrating Earth Month - with Disney’s sequel to The Biggest Little Farm, aptly titled…

The Biggest Little Farm: The Return
We continue to follow John and Molly Chester's 10-year journey as they transform their land into a working farm; based on the 2018 documentary. You can watch with your Disney+ subscription, or rent on Amazon, AppleTV or YouTube.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, one of the indie buzz titles out of Sundance a few years back, just landed on Hulu.

In 1970s San Francisco, a precocious 15-year-old embarks on an enthusiastic sexual odyssey, beginning with her mother's current lover (played brilliantly by Alexander Skarsgård).  Bel Powley won the Gotham award for her performance as the 15-year-old, and Marielle Heller won a Spirit Award for Best First Feature. See on Hulu.

Tiny Beautiful Things
This is the hot new series by the team that brought us Big Little Lies (of course Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern), from the best-selling book of the same name by Cheryl Strayed, which is based on Strayed's life and her time writing the advice column Dear Sugar.

When we first meet Clare, her marriage to her husband Danny is barely limping along; her teenage daughter, Rae, is pushing her away; and her once-promising writing career is non-existent. So when an old writing pal asks her to take over as the advice columnist Dear Sugar, she thinks she has no business giving anyone advice.  After reluctantly taking on the mantle of Sugar however, Clare's life unfurls in a complex fabric of memory, exploring her most pivotal moments from childhood through present day, the beauty, struggle, and humor in her unhealed wounds. Through Sugar, Clare shows us that we are not beyond rescue, that our stories can ultimately save us.  And, perhaps, bring us back home. See on Hulu.

And that’s a wrap for the Cause Cinema Spotlight.  Hope you enjoy this week’s picks. Don’t forget about our Earth Day Showcase - 30 documentaries - at Cause Cinema.

Cause Cinema Collective Presents: An Earth Day Short Film Showcase

ICYMI - Cause Cinema and Filmocracy are proud to present this unique movie+conversation experience, hosted by Litt Concept House, sponsored by Earthbar, Earth Day, April 22nd.

We have both virtual and in-person (in LA) options. Click the link below to learn more. Tickets are limited for this FREE event.

Bold climate action calls for bold innovations. See groundbreaking climate solutions come to life in the #FutureForward documentary series presented by #TheClimatePledge (view trailer below).