The Sixth Annual Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival (LEFUFF) is an official 501c3 non-profit which showcases exclusively feminist experimental art and alternative groundbreaking films.

LEFUFF’s programming highlights fourth wave feminist cinema through transformative media and vanguard technologies bridging the gap between the Avant Garde and Narrative world. LEFUFF features films from over 30 different countries ranging in genres from Documentary, Experimental, Narrative, Horror, Female Sexuality, and Psychotropic cinema.

About the Event:

This year LEFUFF VI will take place at the Aero Theatre hosted by the American Cinematheque in Santa Monica on August 13th from 1:00pm to 6:00pm where the first 50 guests will receive a complimentary FREE Limited Edition Madonna themed gift courtesy of our sponsor LUSH. The festival will open with the Academy Film Archive preservation DCP world premier of “Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers” (1972) with special guest Henry (Hank) Alpert, the Executive Producer/Producer of the film and moderator KPBS arts and culture reporter and host of the Cinema Junkie Podcast, Beth Accomando. Following the feature presentation, patrons will get to enjoy LEFUFF’s Official 2022 Shorts Selections including documentary films, experimental animation, and horror.

Hosted by:

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival The American Cinematheque.

Schedule of Event:
Doors Open
1:00pm Introductions and Giveaways
1:30pm Start Feature
3:00pm QA with Executive Producer/Producer Henry (Hank) Alpert and Moderator Beth Accomando
3:20pm Intermission, Red Carpet, Raffles, Complimentary refreshments in Lobby. 3:35pm Portraits of Paradise (Documentary Films), Belladonna of Madness (Experimental Animation) and Gore GAL-ore (Horror and Genre Films)
5:45pm QA and Raffles

About the Feature

“Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers” (1972)

This rare and subversive musical satire stars Andy Warhol Factory and Puerto Rican trans actress, Holly Woodlawn. Considered to be one of the most influential and important trans icons during the 1970s; Holly, is most notably known as being the muse to Lou Reed’s 1972 hit glam rock song, “Walk on the Wild Side”. Having been discovered by Andy Warhol at a screening of “Flesh” (1968), Holly went on to star in several underground cult favorites, such as, “Trash” (1970) and “Women in Revolt” (1971). The film follows Eve (Woodlawn), a small-town aspiring actress from Kansas as she navigates New York City, and meets an ensemble cast of eccentric characters.

Director: Robert J. Kaplan
Executive Producer/Producer: Henry (Hank) Alpert
Screenplay: Sandra Scoppettone
Music: Jerry Blatt
Cast: Holly Woodlawn, Tally Brown, Suzanne Skillen, David Margulies.
1972. 82 min. USA. Color/B&W. English. Preservation DCP World Premiere. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

Special Introduction and QA:

Henry (Hank) Alpert


Beth Accomando


Executive Producer/Producer of Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers (1972) | Henry (Hank) Alpert | Special Guest Speaker

About Henry (Hank) Alpert

Henry or “Hank” as he is affectionately called, is the Executive Producer/Producer of Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers (1972). This was his first and only film and then moved on to pursue a career in business. However, cinema continues to be his first love.

Cinema Junkie/Film Geeks SD | Beth Accomando | Moderator

About Beth Accomando

Beth Accomando is the KPBS arts and culture reporter and host of the Cinema Junkie Podcast. She also is a volunteer programmer with Film Geeks SD, which programs films series and events at Digital Gym Cinema and Comic-Con Museum.

Links IG/Twitter: cinebeth

FB Beth Accomando

Jury: Imani Davis
Affiliation: The American Cinematheque
Showcase: Portraits of Paradise (Documentary Films)

The American Cinematheque | Imani Davis

The American Cinematheque is an independent, nonprofit cultural organization in Los Angeles, California, United States dedicated exclusively to the public presentation of the moving image in all its forms.

About Imani Davis

Imani Davis is film programmer at the American Cinematheque. A recent LA transplant from Chicago, she is passionate about building community and believes that film has the power to educate and engage the masses. She has collaborated with many Chicago organizations such as Open Television, Chicago International Film Festival, Onion City Experimental Film Festival, Facility Theatre, Reunion Chicago, The Martin, Sixty Inches from Center, Doc Films at the University of Chicago, the Block Museum of Art, and more. She’s very excited to be on the jury for LEFUFF VI and looks forward to getting involved with other LA artists!



About the Shorts Showcases:

Portraits of Paradise features documentary shorts examining themes of identity and the exploration of time and space. From forensic excavations to B movie sets, these shorts use experimental and narrative techniques to showcase a unique approach to documentary

What Happened to Her
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
United States
“What Happened to Her” is 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. (15:00)
***Courtesy of Women Make Movies

Woman From Mars
Piano Whitman
United States
Dylan Mars Greenberg, an independent filmmaker from New York City,shares her personal struggles and achievements as a minority in the filmmaking industry. (40:43) storytelling.

Affiliation: Women in Animation President and Head of Studio at Skybound Entertainment Showcase: Belladonna of Madness (Experimental Animation)

Women in Animation | Marge Dean

Women in Animation is a non-profit organization with the purpose of furthering, promoting, and supporting female animators in the art, science and business of animation. WIA helps young female artists to find a place in the business world.

About Marge Dean

Marge Dean has built and rebuilt many studios and organizations. While doing that she’s made some pretty cool cartoons. Marge is WIA’s President and Head of Skybound Entertainment’s Animation Studio.

Bella Donna of Madness: Experimental Animated Shorts

Bella Donna of Madness encapsulates animated shorts combining narrative and experimental aesthetics creating a divine cathartic bridge between the two genres.

Opening Night
Margaret Bialis
United States
Look within. Then dance it out. A man reflects on formative conflicts from his past with optimism, gratitude, and a little music. (4:55)

Olga’s Self Insert Fanfiction
Ella Sanderson and 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, Tomorrow, the world. Why would she ever go back to reality? (04:00)

Bella Donna of Madness: Experimental Animated Shorts

Bella Donna of Madness encapsulates animated shorts combining narrative and experimental aesthetics creating a divine cathartic bridge between the two genres.

Terror Fervor
Phoebe Parsons
Informed by experimental films from the 1960s and 70s, Terror Fervor takes the viewer on a psychedelic non-linear journey 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.. (06:00)

The Desire of Mermaids
Hannah Hamalian
United States
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. (6:17)

Jury: Heidi Honeycutt
Affiliation: Etheria Film Night
Showcase: Gore GAL-ore (Horror and Genre)

Etheria Film Night | Heidi Honeycutt

Etheria is the world’s most respected showcase of new horror, comedy, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thriller films made by emerging women directors.

About Heidi Honeycutt

Heidi Honeycutt is a producer, film festival programmer, and film historian. She’s the author of I Spit on Your Celluloid: The History of Women Directing Horror Movies (2023, Headpress Publishing) and the co-founder of Etheria Film Festival, the prestigious showcase of new short genre films directed by women. She’s the producer of eight seasons of “Etheria” the series and Into The Dark on AMC’s SHUDDER. Her work as a film journalist has been published in Fangoria, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Rue-Morgue magazines and she’s an expert on women directors of genre films.

Gore GAL-ore: Horror Genre Shorts

Gore GAL-ore unearths the veil of horror through the exploration of life and the beyond. This showcase features unique classical horror with strong feminist characters and extraordinary atmosphere.

The Only Thing I Love More than You is Ranch Dressing Only Thing I Love More than You is Ranch Dressing
Sydney Clara Brafman
Ranch. Dipped. Chicken. Fingers. (1:00)

Buffalo & Trout
Presley Paras
United States
Two female addicts, Buffalo and Trout, are hired to rob a white supremacists house. Once arriving to 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 by a group of white supremacists. (13:00)

Yes, Mother
Misha Calvert
United States
Two faithful cult wives discover a secret message from their guru-husband, which launches a bizarre role play that eventually leads them to an extraordinary new land. (10:34)

The Boogeywoman
Erica Scoggins
United States
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.(17:57)

Date: 8/13/2022

Time: Doors Open 12:30PM 1:00PM – 6:00PM

Location: Aero Theatre in Santa Monica

Cost: Tickets: $10.00 (American Cinematheque Member) ; $15.00 (General Admission) Available at the Door

Ticket Link: femmes-underground-international-film-festival-8-13-22/

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