Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

In Person Guests!
Cancelled - Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival IV

Due to public health concerns, this show has been cancelled. We hope to re-schedule these films later in the year.

The non-profit Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival (LEFUFF) celebrates underground and independent media made by womxn and feminist filmmakers. LEFUFF's programming highlights fourth-wave feminist cinema through millennial technologies and transformative media.

1:30 PM - Portraits of Paradise: Documentary Films
“What Happened to Her” (U.S., 15 min. Dir. Kristy Guevara-Flanagan) A forensic exploration of our cultural obsession with images of the dead woman on screen. Interspersing found footage from films and police procedural television shows and one actor’s experience of playing the part of a corpse, the film offers a meditative critique on the trope of the dead female body.
“Lights, Camera, Hair!” (U.S., 7 min. Dir. Tristen Ives) This film deconstructs Kubrick’s treatment of Shelley Duvall during the production of THE SHINING. Kubrick asked the crew to be cold to Duvall, to never praise her for her work or show her sympathy in order to make the onscreen performance believable.
“Woman From Mars” (U.S., 41 min. Dir. Piano Whitman) Dylan Mars Greenberg, an independent filmmaker from New York City, shares her personal struggles and achievements as a minority in the filmmaking industry.

2:30 PM - Psychotropic Cinema: Experimental Cinema
“Olga's Self Insert Fanfiction” (Canada, 4 min. Dirs. Ella Sanderson, Georgette Stefoulis) Olga is bored of the monotony of her life. When she finds an escape through her fanfiction, her fantasies run wild, becoming increasingly power hungry and ridiculous. Today, fanfiction.net. Tomorrow, the world. Why would she ever go back to reality?
“Terror Fervor” (Canada, 6 min. Dir. Phoebe Parsons) Informed by experimental films from the 1960s and ’70s, this short takes viewers on a psychedelic, non-linear trip through the vices of seven characters. The wordless journey of “Terror Fervor” plunges the viewer into an experience that is hard to classify and hard to forget.
“Black Metal Barbie” (U.S., 2 min. Dir. Gwenmarie White) A celebration and satirization of 80s and 90s Barbie commercials. It utilizes humor to create space for femmes and amplified elements of femininity within the world of black metal while imagining the possibility of an extreme mainstreaming and commodification of the subgenre.
“Womxn” (France, 5 min. Dirs. Adrien Gystere Peskine, Eden Tinto Collins) Jane Dark lives and studies in the Noir-Et-Cher. Whenever her community is harassed by Europe Normale Police, she turns into the super shero WOMXN, helped by her mate - a womanoïd Dolphin in a spaceship called the KORA Mother.
“Hot Flash: The Chronicles of Lara Tate Menopausal Superhero (1&2)” (U.S., 17 min. Dirs. Amy Buchwald & Danny Woodburn) The story of a woman going through the change who must learn to harness the symptoms of menopause as a source of power, as a way to combat evil, as a way to get through it.
“In Conversation with a Goddess” (U.K., 4 min. Dir. Florence Kosky) A bloody little short challenging today's views on body politics. (4:23)
“Buffalo & Trout” (U.S., 13 min. Dir. Presley Paras) Two female addicts, Buffalo and Trout, are hired to rob a white supremacist’s house. Once arriving at the house, they are faced with a decision: either take the money and call it a job well done, or stay and rescue the young kidnapped couple being tortured there.

Discussion following with filmmakers. After the Q&A, join us in the courtyard for red carpet photos and pop-up vendors.

5:00 PM - Gore GAL-ore: Horror Genre Shorts
“The Only Thing I love more than You Is Ranch Dressing”​ (U.S., 1 min. Dir. Sydney Clara Brafman) Ranch. Dipped. Chicken. Fingers.
“Snaggletooth”​ (9 min. Dir. Colin Bishopp) An unusual girl needs to get her teeth fixed at midnight.
“Boo”​ (U.S., 15 min. Dir. Rakefet Abergel) A traumatic event forces a recovering addict to face her demons without her worried fiancé uncovering the truth. Over the course of a rough night, Devi, 7 years sober, must make a difficult choice between WHO she loves and WHAT she loves.
“Dead Winter”​ (U.S., 16 min. Dir. Jason Winn; Writer: Allison Hogue) Audrey, a young woman living in the post-apocalyptic American south, spends every day of her life fighting for the remnants of her family. However, her grandmother wants nothing more than for Audrey to move on and try to have a better life.
“Escondidas”​ (Mexico, 22 min. Dir. Carlos Matienzo Serment) Ana is a curious girl; while playing hide and seek, she finds a dead girl of the same age. But playing hide and seek with death can be fatal.
“The Boogeywoman”​ (U.S., 18 min. Dir. Erica Scoggins) The Boogeywoman is a coming-of-age story about the horrors and wonders of becoming a woman: the evolution of our bodies, our perceived inadequacies, our stereotypes. The continued secrecy and shame surrounding the most natural and marked change in a girl's life is here transformed into an experience of newfound power and agency.

​6:00 PM - Bella Donna of Madness: Experimental Animated Shorts
“Opening Night” (U.S., 5 min. Dir. Margaret Bialis) Look within. Then dance it out. A man reflects on formative conflicts from his past with optimism, gratitude, and a little music.
“Lilith” (U.S., 3 min. Dir. Nicole McBride) Based on the real myth, Lilith, Adam's first wife before Eve, rejects the role fate has chosen for her.
“WAAAH” (U.S., 1 min. Dir. Sawako Kabuki) I synchronized the irritation of baby cries and all the frustration I have ever experienced. Everyone was born while crying, and grew crying. I grew up to be an adult, but I strongly want to be a baby again.
“The Desire of Mermaids” (U.S. 6 min. Dir. Hannah Hamalian) Plunge deep below the surface of the water to encounter women in the process of a transformation. Women turn to the pressure of the water to find reprieve from the expectation to be something other than what they are.
“Simbiosis Carnal” (U.S., 10 min. Dir. Rocío Álvarez) A poetic journey through the history of desire and sexuality where the female pleasure, long ignored and repressed, takes pride of place.
“The Porous Body” (U.K., 6 min. Dir. Sofia El Khyari) A young woman who lives in her thoughts goes back to the sea to centre herself. As she dives into the water, she dives under her skin and penetrates her psychological wrapping.
“The Astronaut's Journal” (Germany, 5 min. Dir. Marina Belikova) “Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed.”
“Just a Small” (U.S., 5 min. Dir. Na Kyung Kim) Just like ancient mural paintings, a painting drawn on six 30 inch x 40 inch panels has a story to tell. It is a story of a small eel wishing to become something greater than itself.
“Tides” (Canada, 4 min. Dir. Mihaela C Slabe) Drained from the task of living, a woman submerges herself beneath her bathwater to explore the shadows of the feminine psyche. After a brief encounter with the moon, she begins to comprehend the cycles of her body and mind, and the shifting tides of her emotions. An exploration of the relationship between lunar cycles and the effects on the female subconscious.
“Eve Of” (U.S., 5 min. Dir. Lauren Armstrong) The guardian nymph of a petrified planet is woken by a storm of fish, and she is compelled to return it to water by any means necessary, including self sacrifice - a creation myth. Animated in the traditional style, using pen, paper and light table.
“The Imaginary Woman” (Colombia, 12 min. Dir. Laura Benavides) "You will be yourself that other woman you have never seen." Collecting spellings, poems, questions and songs, this animated poem portrays rejection, rupture, reflection and love.

Final program begins with awards, raffle and introductions.

Special Ticket Price: $15. No vouchers. | Screening format: DCP
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian • Sat, Mar 21, 2020 • 1:30pm