This is VC's alternative to Easy Rider, or Five Easy Pieces. Barbara Loden was little known to the public besides being Elia Kazan's wife. In 1971 she wrote, directed, and acted in Wanda, a movie that follows the chronic joylessness of a working class woman. Wanda drifts through the movie mumbling, ordering Rolling Rocks at bars, and showing up late for her divorce hearing.
Loden was inspired to make the movie after reading an article about a girl named Wanda Goranski- who was sentenced to twenty years in prison for her role in a small time heist. The movie is great, and available on Netflix.