Wednesday watch: the Heller sisters


Welcome to Wednesday watch, my new blog feature where I’ll share a weekly video recommendation. I’m kicking it off by urging you to check out the work of the talented sisters Marielle and Emily Heller.

Marielle Heller wrote and directed her debut feature film last year, Diary of a Teenage Girl. It’s an adaptation of a graphic novel, and provides a refreshingly nonjudgmental look at a young woman’s sexual exploration in 1976 San Francisco. British actress Bel Powley is phenomenal as the lead, and it also has great performances from Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard. Check out the trailer below, and then rent it to enjoy the whole thing.

It turns out there’s a lot of talent in the Heller family. Before I saw this movie, I was already a fan of Marielle’s sister, stand-up comedian Emily. Here she is on Late Night with Seth Meyers talking about how it’s easier to recruit for misogyny than feminism.

You can also hear her on the podcast Baby Geniuses and if you’re lucky you can catch her performing on the road.


Author: Rebecca Griffin

I am a passionate advocate for progressive causes with over a decade of experience organizing for social change. That organizing experience informs the way I look at the world and the challenges we face in working toward social justice. I started Of Means and Ends to write about social issues I care about and share my thoughts on how we organize in a smart, strategic way. Please visit and join the conversation.

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