Dir. Kestrin Pantera
Feat. Dir. Kestrin Pantera & cast Breeda Wool,Sam Littlefield, Milana Vayntrub, and Melanie Hutsell
Friday 20th, September
12:30 – 2:30 PM
Mothers Little Helpers encapsulates the independent, collaborative spirit of WUTI goes IdyllWILD. The ensemble cast combined their talents to write the screenplay of this hilarious, twisty tale that’s warm yet unsentimental about family ties.
The story revolves around photographer Joy Pride (SNL‘s Melanie Hutsell) who shot one legendary album cover but never followed it up. Now on her deathbed, Joy’s adult children gather, but they’ve got their own problems, from the ankle monitor on her gay son (Sam Littlefield) to the varying shades of dysfunction in her daughters (Breeda Wool, Milana Vayntrub, and director Kestrin Pantera).
is a writer-director The New York Times called “a force.” She has created several TV series for AwesomenessTV, show-ran digital series for Facebook and directed commercials for clients ranging from WIRED to J&J. The LA Times hailed her first feature, Let’s Ruin It With Babies, as “honest, convincing, and just plain adorable.” Before directing, she was a classically trained musician-turned-rocker, playing cello in rock bands in Los Angeles and on tour around the world. Prior to moving to LA, she lived in Taipei, Taiwan for almost two years, where she became fluent in Mandarin and performed voice-overs for 100+ American and Southeast Asian companies.
Breeda Wool is an actress, writer and producer. She is best known for her role as Faith in UnReal and Lou Linklatter in the crime drama series Mr. Mercedes. Her major film roles include AWOL (2016), XX (2017) and Erasing Eden (2016) Wool was an executive producer and co-writer for the film Mother’s Little Helpers.
Sam Littlefield is a Los Angeles based actor, writer, producer and director. His production and writing credits include Mother’s Little Helpers which premiered at SXSW, Plus One which premiered at Cannes and the critically acclaimed Extropia which was featured on the cover of LA Times and enjoyed a multiple extension sold out tour. He was featured in HBO’s Sharp Objects, HBO’s The Leftovers, TNT’s Good Behavior as well as Amazon’s The After as the series lead in a role written specifically for him by X Files creator Chris Carter. Sam continues to collaborate with fellow artists committed to creating new works in his field.
is an Uzbekistan-born American actress and comedian. Vayntrub and Stevie Nelson started the YouTube comedy channel Live Prude Girls where they produced a number of shorts and the hit web series Let’s Talk About Something More Interesting. Vayntrub has had roles in film and television, including Life Happens, Silicon Valley and This is Us. She has also starred in several College Humor videos.
In July 2017, Vayntrub was cast in the lead role of Marvel Comics’ superheroine SQUIRREL GIRL in Marvel’s upcoming television series New Warriors.
Hailing from Tennessee, Hutsell began her career performing improv at the Annoyance Theater in Chicago. The company toured to NYC, where Hutsell was hired as a cast member for the seventh season of Saturday Night Live.The character of “Jan Brady” became Hutsell’s most recognizable recurring character and her most notable impressions were of Tonya Harding and Tori Spelling. After her film Can’t Stop Dancing (1999), Hutsell quit show business to raise her daughter, Carly Rose. Hutsell returned from retirement in 2008, appearing in He’s Such a Girl, followed up by the role of Carol in Bridesmaids and Kristen Rhydholm-Rhydholm in Lady Dynamite.
Film Fatales is a non profit which advocates for parity in the film industry and supports an inclusive community of over a thousand women and non-binary feature film and television directors nationwide. Film Fatales raises the visibility of marginalized directors and increases the talent pool for industry organizations, programmers and production companies looking to work with more underrepresented voices. By expanding the landscape of storytelling, Film Fatales continues to bring exciting new films to the screen.