Inaugural Women Under the Influence Film Festival to Happen in Idyllwild

The fest celebrating female-led cinema takes place September 20-22 and features Karen O, Emma Roberts, Kimberly Peirce, and more. 

The first ever Women Under the Influence film festival (WUTI) is set to take place over three days in the mountains of Idyllwild, California from September 20-22. Its focus is on female-directed films, both past and present. Women Under the Influence is a community founded in 2015 by Tabitha Denholm that is “committed to raising awareness of female directors and their stories,” as described in a press release. 

Special guests will include Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontwoman Karen O, who’ll be discussing the music she’s done for films like Her and Where the Wild Things Are; documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple; actress Emma Roberts, in attendance for a live discussion about her book Belletrist; and a twentieth anniversary screening of Boys Don’t Cry with director Kimberly Peirce. 

Other fest highlights: a screening of Wayne’s World with director Penelope Spheeris and Tia Carrere; a conversation with Hailey Gates and Alia Shawkat and the screening of their film, Shoko Moko; a tribute to Agnes Varda’s California years with Lions, Love (…and Lies) with the star of the film, Viva Hoffman; and a screening of LA Rebellion, a retrospective of the African-American film movement that flourished in UCLA from the ’60s through to the ’90s with directors including Barbara McCullough.

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