36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023


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Based on the greatest true story ever tweeted, this film follows Zola (Taylour Paige), a self-assured waitress and exotic dancer from Detroit, who is convinced by a stranger, Stefani (Riley Keough) into a weekend of stripping in Florida. But what starts out as a simple trip quickly turns into a sleepless 48-hour odyssey involving Stefani’s idiot boyfriend and her nefarious roommate. Discussion with and presentation of the American Perspectives Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema to writer Jeremy O. Harris moderated by Chandler Ferrebee (VAFF)

This film will be presented with Open Captions and the on stage presentations will include ASL interpretation.

Supported by 101 Jamz and UVA Department of Drama

This film is part of the Women in Film and American Perspectives series.



Sunday, October 31


5:30 PM


Culbreth Theatre

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Film Info

Director: Janizca Bravo

Runtime: 90 min.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2020

Country: USA

Language: English

Accessibility: Open Captions

Featuring: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Colman Domingo.