Summer of Streaming

May 26, 2021

As we go into Memorial Day Weekend, we are once again on the precipice of a summer that will be unlike any we’ve previously experienced. As vaccinations numbers rise and social distancing and capacity limits will be lifted or relaxed in California next month, many of us are navigating a return to the workplace, visiting loved ones, and socializing in a way we haven’t experienced in roughly 14 months. And while this writer is personally both nervous and excited about returning to a movie theater sometime soon, there is still so much content created and crewed by women and nonbinary folks to be excited about during the summer season, on screens big and small.

Tune in, or get a ticket to safely see these shows and movies this summer, to show networks and studios that audiences want more stories told by women behind the scenes!

All the Feels

  • CODA – Directed, Written by Sian Heder; Cinematography by Paula Huidobro – Coming to Apple TV+ on August 13
  • DANCING QUEENS – Directed, Written by Helena Bergström; Written by Denize Karabuda; Produced by Joana Sorobetea – Coming to Netflix on June 3
  • The End” – Created, Executive Produced by Samantha Strauss; Executive Produced by Rachel Gardner, Liz Lewin, Penny Win – Coming to Showtime on July 18
  • I CARRY YOU WITH ME – Directed, Written, Produced by Heidi Ewing; Produced by Mynette Louie, Gabriela Maire; Edited by Enat Sidi – In theaters on June 25
  • IN THE HEIGHTS – Written, Produced by Quiara Alegría Hudes; Produced by Mara Jacobs; Cinematography by Alice Brooks – In theaters and on HBO Max on June 11
  • THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER – Directed by Augustine Frizzell; Written by Esta Spalding; Produced by Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss; Edited by Melanie Oliver – Coming to Netflix on July 23
  • Nine Perfect Strangers” – Executive Produced by Molly Allen, Nicole Kidman, Jodi Matterson, Melissa McCarthy, Liane Moriarty, Bruna Papandrea, Samantha Strauss – Coming to Hulu on August 18
  • REMINISCENCE – Directed, Written, Produced by Lisa Joy – In theaters and on HBO Max on August 20

Cartoons for Grownups

  • HouseBroken” – Created, Executive Produced by Jennifer Crittenden, Clea DuVall, Gabrielle Allan; Executive Produced by Dana Honor, Sharon Horgan, Clelia Mountford – Premiering on Fox on May 31
  • Tuca & Bertie” Season 2 – Created, Executive Produced by Lisa Hanawalt; Executive Produced by Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong – Coming to Adult Swim on June 13

Family Fun

  • HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA – Co-Directed by Jennifer Kluska; Produced by Alice Dewey Goldstone; Edited by Lynn Hobson – Only in theaters on July 23
  • Rugrats” – Created, Executive Produced by Arlene Klasky – Premiering on Paramount+ on May 27
  • SAILOR MOON ETERNAL – Directed by Chiaki Kon – Coming to Netflix on June 3
  • SPIRIT UNTAMED – Co-Directed by Elaine Bogan; Written by Kristin Hahn, Katherine Nolfi, Aury Wallington; Produced by Karen Foster; Music by Amie Doherty – Only in theaters on June 4

Get Scared

  • CANDYMAN – Directed, Written by Nia DaCosta; Edited by Catrin Hedström – In theaters on August 27
  • FALSE POSITIVE – Written, Produced by Ilana Glazer; Music by Yair Elazar Glotman, Lucy Railton – Coming to Hulu on June 25
  • FEAR STREET PART ONE: 1994 – Directed, Written by Leigh Janiak; Produced by Jenno Topping; Music by Anna Drubich; Edited by Rachel Goodlett Katz – Coming to Netflix on July 2
  • Panic” – Executive Produced by Lauren Oliver – Coming to Prime on May 28

Kicking Butt

  • Betty” Season 2 – Created, Executive Produced by Crystal Moselle; Executive Produced by Lesley Arfin – Coming to HBO on June 11
  • BLACK WIDOW – Directed by Cate Shortland; Written by Jac Schaeffer; Edited by Leigh Folsom Boyd – In theaters and on Disney+ Premier on July 9
  • Physical” – Created, Showrun by Annie Weisman; Executive Produced by Sera Gamble, Liza Johnson, Stephanie Laing, Becky Clements – Premiering on Apple TV+ on June 18
  • SKATER GIRL – Directed, Written, Produced, Cinematography by Manjari Makijany; Written, Produced by Vinati Makijany; Edited by Deepa Bhatia – Coming to Netflix on June 11
  • We Are Lady Parts” – Created by Nida Manzoor – Premiering on Peacock on June 3

Laugh Out Loud

  • The Chair” – Created, Executive Produced by Amanda Peet; Created by Annie Wyman; Executive Produced by Bernadette Caulfield, Sandra Oh – Premiering on Netflix on August 27
  • GOOD ON PAPER – Directed by Kimmy Gatewood; Written, Produced by Iliza Schlesinger; Edited by Kyla Plewes – Coming to Netflix on June 23
  • PLAN B – Directed by Natalie Morales; Written by Prathiksha Srinivasan; Produced by Dina Hillier; Cinematography by Sandra Valde-Hansen – Coming to Hulu on May 28
  • Sex/Life” – Created, Executive Produced by Stacy Rukeyser; Executive Produced by Jessika Borsiczk – Premiering on Netflix on June 25


  • BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER (1999) – The cult classic from Jamie Babbit will be playing at Rooftop Cinema Club on June 17.
  • LOVE & BASKETBALL (2000) – Gina Prince-Bythewood’s coming of age romance will be playing at Rooftop Cinema Club on June 19.
  • POINT BREAK (1991) – Kathryn Bigelow’s endlessly-quotable action blockbuster debuted 30 summers ago. Stream on HBO Max.
  • THELMA & LOUISE (1991) – The unforgettable story of friendship and freedom, with a screenplay by Callie Khouri, also turns 30 this summer. Stream for free on AMC+.

True Stories

  • ENEMIES OF THE STATE – Directed by Sonia Kennebeck; Produced by Ines Hofmann Kanna; Music by Insa Rudolph; Edited by Maxine Goedicke – Coming July 30
  • GONE MOM: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JENNIFER DULOS – Directed by Gail Harvey; Cinematography by Amy Belling; Produced by WIF Board member Ilene Kahn Power – Premiering on Lifetime on June 5
  • RESPECT – Directed by Liesl Tommy; Written by Callie Khouri, Tracey Scott Wilson; Edited by Avril Beukes – In theaters on August 13
  • RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER – Directed by Dawn Porter – Coming to National Geographic on June 18
  • RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT – Directed, Produced, Edited by Mariem Pérez Riera; Music by Kathryn Bostic – Coming June 18
  • ZOLA – Directed, Written by Janicza Bravo; Produced by Kara Baker, Elizabeth Haggard, Christine Vachon, Gia Walsh; Music by Mica Levi; Cinematography by Ari Wegner; Edited by Joi McMillon – In theaters on June 30