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From Sundance to the multiplex: Women directors are taking the spotlight

Long before she directed the summer comedy The To Do List, Maggie Carey was a Division I soccer player at the University of Montana. That was back in the 1990s, when for the first time in her life, she had a female coach.

“It was really refreshing to see a woman in a leadership role and that kind of clicked with me – maybe there was something missing that I wasn’t aware of. And I think seven of the girls [I played with] went on to coach,” Carey says.

Now, as a film director, Carey finds herself at the helm in a profession also historically dominated by men. But like the sea change she witnessed playing soccer earlier in her life, Carey sees things opening up for women who want to get behind the camera.

“The next generation of [soccer] players,” she says, “they’re not going to even think twice about having a female coach. With access and filmmaking, girls who are in high school now aren’t going to think twice about [becoming directors] because they’re going to see women in those positions. It won’t be a barrier because they won’t know there was a barrier.”

Maggie Carey is one of a small group of up and coming female filmmakers in Hollywood who are starting to gain recognition for their work. But it is still a very small group.

'Afternoon Delight' trailer: Juno Temple is a stripper/nanny with a heart of gold -- VIDEO

When your marriage hits a lull, mix it up a little bit! If you happen to be Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), mixing it up hinges on your decision to invite a stripper to be your live-in nanny.

Rachel doesn’t fit into her life, with her social-media-obsessed housewife friends and a distant husband, and decides to take matters into her own hands by learning to get in touch with her sexuality under the keen tutelage of a 19-year-old “sex worker.”

Afternoon Delight also stars Josh Radnor as the uninterested husband, Jane Lynch as a dry, to-the-point therapist and Juno Temple as the stripper/nanny.

The film, which won the directing award and was nominated for the Grand Jury award when it premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, goes wide later this year. Check out the trailer here:

'Afternoon Delight' cast has an inappropriate conversation at Sundance: VIDEO

Considering their movie is about a couple (Kathryn Hahn and How I Met Your Mother‘s Josh Radnor) who hires a stripper as a nanny (Juno Temple), we expected a fun time when the cast of writer/director Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight packed themselves into EW’s Sundance interview lounge. And thanks to costars Jane Lynch, Michaela Watkins, and Annie Mumolo, they did not disappoint. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2013: Juno Temple sets the ground-rules in 'Afternoon Delight' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

For parents of young children, it can be so hard to find good help these days. Take Josh Radnor and Kathryn Hahn in the Sundance entry Afternoon Delight, for example. They play a successful, open-minded L.A. couple, but they tempt fate when they decide to hire a stripper (Juno Temple) named McKenna to be their nanny. Well, stripper is a harsh term. Prostitute? That’s hardly better. Help us out here, McKenna. “Full-service sex worker,” she says in an exclusive video clip below. That about covers it.

“It’s not like McKenna is a tragedy,” says Temple, who researched the role the only way one can, by befriending a real-life professional from that world. “My character is not a woman who’s torn apart by her situation; she enjoys what she’s doing.”

Written and directed by Jill Soloway (The United States of Tara) and co-starring Jane Lynch and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), Afternoon Delight has fun with some serious sexy scenarios. “It’s such a movie about women — different stages of women — with a younger girl and a slightly older women admiring things about each other and learning from each other,” says Temple. “But also ultimately kind of destroying each other.”

Click below for an exclusive clip from the film and then meet Soloway in a special Sundance video. READ FULL STORY

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