There will also be a talk with Maya Rudolph about comedy and a panel celebrating women editors.
Here are the women-directed features that are premiering at the festival. Make sure to note that there are other women directed features as well that have premiered at previous festivals.
The LA Film Festival runs June 13 to June 23. You can find the full line up and more information here.
Forev - Molly Green, James Leffer
On a spur of the moment road trip, new friends Sophie and Pete hatch a misguided plan to get hitched. Refreshingly funny and intelligent, this coming-of-age romantic comedy delightfully contemplates how and with whom we fall in love.
All Of Me - Alexandra Lescaze
The women of the BBW (Big Beautiful Women) Club celebrate being overweight, and the men who love them don't want them to change. But what happens when the group decides to undergo weight loss surgery? This startlingly intimate documentary raises fascinating questions about obesity, identity and sexuality.
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs - Grace Lee
Tenacious 97 year old Asian-American Grace Lee Boggs was an unlikely star of the African-American movement. She looks back on her remarkable (and ongoing) lifetime of activism, dedicated to the possibility of a more just future for us all.
Llyn Foulkes One Man Band - Tamar Halpern, Chris Quilty
At 78 years of age, the brilliant, iconoclastic artist Llyn Foulkes, is still fighting the art world and his own demons as he feverishly creates–and then destroys and recreates–deep, three-dimensional paintings that mirror back his personal and artistic obsessions.
My Stolen Revolution - Nahid Persson Sarvestani
Thirty years after narrowly escaping Iran and impending imprisonment during The 1979 revolution, filmmaker and activist Nahid Persson Sarvestani sets out to find the friends she left behind. Through the harrowing stories of the women who were not as fortunate as she, Persson is led to her own redemption. (Sweden)
The New Black - Yoruba Richen
In this timely documentary, filmmaker Yoruba Richen questions the assumptions about homophobia in the African-American community, setting off an impassioned conversation about gay rights, family history, the role of the Church and the legacy of the civil rights movement.
Rain - Olivia Rochette, Gerard-Jan Claes
A poetic portrait of the world-renowned Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris as they mount a new work by famed contemporary choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, this documentary fragments the creative process, from auditions to opening night, celebrating small, isolated moments easily overlooked. (Belgium)
Summer Showcase (Premieres Only):
Venus Vs - Ava DuVernay
On the court, Venus Williams shines as one of the world's greatest tennis players. But she is also a tireless campaigner, leading the movement for fair pay between female and male players. Trailblazing director Ava DuVernay captures the charisma and resolve of a champion.
International Showcase (Premieres Only):
Black Out - Eva Weber
In Guinea, one of the world's poorest countries, students of all ages must go on a nightly quest for electric lights under which to study. Documentarian Eva Weber beautifully portrays these young people's determination to find a brighter future for their country and themselves. (UK)