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Opening Film – Mother’s Little Helpers

Directed by kestrin pantera

Cast: Breeda Wool, Melanie Hutsell, Milana Vayntrub, Sam Littlefield

When Joy Pride, a groovy 70’s burn-out on the caboose of the flower power movement learns she has weeks to live, her estranged children come together to do right by a mother who always did them wrong. It’s a funny dysfunctional-family drama, based on true events and inspired by true lies, about how family ties can twist and tear you – and though they may not break you, they might send you to prison.

Kestrin Pantera

The film was helmed by all-female department heads and stars Breeda Wool (UnReal, Mr. Mercedes), Milana Vayntrub (Marvel’s Squirrel Girl, This is Us, Silicon Valley), Melanie Hutsell (Bridesmaids, SNL, Transparent), David Giuntoli (NBC’s Grimm, ABC’s A Million Little Things) and Sam Littlefield (The Leftovers), with cinematography by Meena Singh (Netflix’s The Confession Tapes, Warner Bros’ Daphne and Velma). The film completed the prestigious Edit Center editing lab, which cut films such as “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Winter’s Bone.”

“Mother’s Little Helpers” World Premiered at SXSW 2019 in the Narrative Spotlight Category.


Opening Night Party

Celebrate the festival opening the elegant Inn on Broadway. Mingle with visiting filmmakers and film fans and enjoy decadent desserts, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar plus live music.

Preceded By

Elizabeth Cady Stanton “Thorn in the Side” Award Presentation

Award presentation to Catherine Wyler, producer and the Festival’s founding Artistic Director

Dates & Times


The Little Theatre 2

Thu, Oct 31
6:30 pm

The Inn on Broadway

Thu, Oct 31
8:30 pm