Women Under the Influence Announces Inaugural Film Festival in LA with Female-Driven Stories


Los Angeles, CA (July 17, 2019)–Announcing the inaugural Women Under the Influence film festival, WUTI Goes IdyllWILD, a three day film festival taking place September 20th – 22 in the charming mountain town of Idyllwild, CA.

Women Under the Influence is a community, founded in 2015 by director Tabitha Denholm, committed to raising awareness of female directors and their stories. WUTI is dedicated to educating people about the heritage of female-directed film that often gets over looked, as well as giving a platform to female-identifying directors working today. WUTI’s inaugural festival is the collective brainchild of Denholm, Creative Director Laura Rule and VP of cultural programing at NeueHouse Meredith Rogers.

WUTI Goes Idyllwild will feature films directed by women, honoring the trailblazers of the industry as well as highlighting creative talents of today. With programming ranging from art house to activism, comedy to cutting edge technology, the weekend will be part festival, part creative experience, and part summer camp.

Highlights from the forthcoming festival includes screenings of classics like “Wayne’s World” with a talk from director Penelope Spheeris and actress Tia Carrere, an exploration of masculinity on screen with Janicza Bravo, a 20th anniversary celebration of “Boys Don’t Cry” with director Kimberly Pierce, a live Belletrist book club discussion with Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss, a short film by Hailey Gates, a day of programming for a Gen Z audience by Gen Z curators featuring talent Internet Girl and Candace Reels, and probing panel discussions about technology featuring speakers Claire Evans and Milica Zec.

WUTI banner (credit:wutigoesidyllwild.com )

The festival will also celebrate its LA roots with its series “LA Stories”, an exploration of how the city has been represented and revealed through the diverse cinematic visions of women, which will include a screening of “Mi Vida Loca” with director Allison Anders and the cast, 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, a look at the “New” LA Rebellion reimagining blackness in Los Angeles with Boiler Room’s 4:3 and a screening of “Winter in America,” Deirdre O Callaghan’s poetic look at the Skid Row and the culture of homelessness in LA, a short film by artist and director Alex Prager, and a tribute to icon Agnes Varda’s California years with “Lions, Love (…and Lies)” The star of the film, legendary Warhol superstar Viva Hoffman her daughter Alex Auder will be in conversation.

WUTI has also partnered with The North Face on the Move Mountains Filmmaker Grant, which offers $25K each to four emerging directors to make a film capturing the spirit of exploration. The Grantees will attend the festival to meet a group of mentors curated by WUTI. The mentors will be on hand at the festival and in the subsequent months to guide the filmmakers through the process.

To celebrate the announcement of WUTI goes IdyllWILD festival, Women Under the Influence will be hosting a curated evening of music and cinematic teasers, conversation and woodland activity on Friday, July 26 at NeueHouse Hollywood, the private workspace that is a hub for best- in-class cultural programming in Los Angeles often built around the exceptional creativity and work of its members, like WUTI.

Early bird tickets are available now through July 26th at wutigoesidyllwild.com. Full Price tickets will be on sale there after.

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