WUTI | A Celebration Of The Females in Film

by Natalie Lucas

What do Wayne’s World, Boys Don’t’ Cry and Lions, Love (…and Lies) all have in common? Disclaimer: this isn’t an ill-mannered joke of ridiculing comparison. Rather, the opposite: an honouring association - these are all female-directed films.

It is this exact correlation of feature that places them on the screening list for the Women Under the Influence Festival this weekend in Idyllwild. The festival will see a variety of “women in film” gather in the mountains to talk and raise awareness of female directors and contributions to the industry. 

The three varied themes (LA Stories, Vital New Voices and Good Sunday) mean there will be a diversity of women and experiences present through both the screenings and discussions of the festival. Special guests such as Karen O, the front-woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, will discuss the use of her music in films like Her and Where the Wild Things Are; whilst actresses Emma Roberts will attend to for a live discussion on her book, Belletrist.

Other highlights include a screening of LA Rebellion, a retrospective of the African American film movement that flourished in UCLA from the 60s to the 90s, with directors; an exploration of masculinity on screen with Janicza Bravo; talk from the Wayne’s World director, Penelope Spheeris, and actress, Tia Carrere; and a day of programming for Gen Z audience by Gen Z curators featuring talent Internet girl and Candace Reels.

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