Today Mike Mills’ semi-autobiographical gem 20th Century Women opens nationwide. You should see it because it’s beautiful filmmaking that thoughtfully focuses on the evolving challenges women face from one generation to the next. And you should see it this weekend, because this unrepentantly feminist film is fundraising for Planned Parenthood right now.
20th Century Women’s distributor, A24 will make a donation to Planned Parenthood for every woman and man who goes to see the film in theaters this weekend. So not only do you get to enjoy a bright and brilliant dramedy starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup, but also you get to enjoy it knowing that you’re giving back to an organization that dedicates itself daily to the health and care of women across the country, across generations.
Get a feel for the film and its incredible women with this featurette that includes interviews with the cast, along with insight from Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.
As you might have guessed, Planned Parenthood played a pivotal role in 20th Century Women. Per the press release from A24:
Planned Parenthood consulted on the film and Planned Parenthood California Central Coast shared information and resources about Planned Parenthood health centers in the ’70s. Planned Parenthood also plays a crucial part in the lives of two of the main characters in the film. Of the collaboration, writer/director Mike Mills says, “The people at Planned Parenthood were so helpful to me with the writing and pre-production of 20th Century Women. They connected me with people who worked in PP offices in the ’70s to make sure every aspect of my scenes was correct, from the language counselors used to the very particular decor and dress of the people in those offices, to the overarching philosophy and attitude of the women who worked there. It was very important to me that we capture this moment in women’s reproductive rights accurately and they were so generous and helpful to me.”
You can learn more about the real-life inspirations behind 20th Century Women from NY Mag.