37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

To the Stars



In a small town in 1960s Oklahoma, reclusive teen Iris endures the booze-induced antics of her mother and daily doses of bullying from her classmates. Eventually, she forges an intimate friendship with Maggie (Liana Liberato), the worldly but reckless new girl, who homes in on Iris’s untapped potential and coaxes her out of her shell. This subtle black-and-white film about friendship, growth, and hope reveals the courage of individuals forced to take drastic measures when they’re made to stand up for themselves. Acclaimed filmmaker Martha Stephens presents a moving commentary about those affected by their surroundings and their attempts to cope with hardships. The film will be followed by the presentation of our Rising Star Award to actor Liana Liberato and a discussion moderated by Alissa Wilkinson (Vox)

This film is part of the LGBTQIA+ series presented by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and supported by the UVA Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the UVA Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, and UVA Arts: supported by the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts


Saturday, October 26


5:00 PM


St. Anne’s-Belfield School

Film Info

Director: Martha Stephens

Runtime: 111 mins.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2019

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Kara Hayward, Liana Liberato, Shea Whigham, Jordana Spiro, Lucas Jade Zumann, Adelaide Clemens, Malin Akerman, Tony Hale