Review: Maid, layered and outstanding

Maid is a layered and nuanced look at poverty, domestic violence, mental health, and American laws and systems that both help and hurt people struggling with these problems. A brilliant performance from Margaret Qualley takes the material to a level that will make the series an awards contender for 2021. The series is on Netflix.

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Broad Focus: It Works

Several months ago, Lifetime TV announced Broad Focus, an effort to put more women in all sorts of positions behind the camera as directors, producers, writers, and content developers. Lifetime recently announced how well it’s working.

Five of those Lifetime movies are the top five movies in ad-supported cable for women 25-49. They are: Alex Kalymnios’s Cleveland Abduction, Angela Bassett’s Whitney, Rachel Goldenberg’s A Deadly Adoption, Vanessa Parise’s Perfect High, and Nzingha Stewart’s With This Ring.

As Lifetime put it in this Tumblr post, “The Top Original Movies in 2015 on Ad-Supported Cable were directed by women. And we’re just getting started.”

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