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Women in the World will kick off its inaugural 51Fest with the Kathy Griffin film ‘Hell of a Story’

By WITW Staff on July 8, 2019

Women in the World kicks off its inaugural 51Fest in New York City on July 18, featuring films including the New York premieres of Kathy Griffin’s Hell of a Story and the documentary Untouchable—the tale of the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein.

The event, held in partnership with IFC Center, celebrates the voice and vision of the female majority through screenings and conversations. Among the highlights: a sneak peek of the coming Netflix movie Otherhood, written and directed by Sex and the City alum Cindy Chupack, as well as the New York premiere of the Amazon movie Brittany Runs a Marathon.

Hell of a Story focuses on the fallout from Griffin’s infamous photo holding a bloodied Donald Trump mask, and the screening will be followed by a conversation between the comedian and Women in the World founder Tina Brown.

“The inaugural 51Fest leaves no doubt that a woman’s place is at the center of the story,” Brown said in a statement. “Griffin’s film is a cautionary tale of what happens when a thin-skinned authoritarian, aided by a media pile-on, attempts to silence an artist for exercising her First Amendment rights. We are proud to open 51Fest with Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story, and I look forward to talking with Kathy after the screening.”

The festival will also feature the New York premieres of After the Wedding, followed by a talk with producer and star Julianne Moore; British thriller Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley as an Iraq War whistleblower; Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins; and For Sama, among many other films.

“From intense documentaries like For Sama and Untouchable to fun, uplifting narratives like Brittany Runs a Marathon and riveting performances in After the Wedding and Unbelievable, our inaugural 51Fest features women’s stories from a variety of viewpoints and methods of storytelling,” said program director Anne Hubbell.

The event will also feature a conversation with Cecile Richards and Ai-Jen Poo, cofounders of the activist group Supermajority.

You can see a full lineup for the four-day event and get tickets at 51Fest.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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