Friday, April 7th, 7:00pm
Bird, a thoughtful twelve-year-old, is becoming a woman whether she wants to or not. During the worst week of her life, she gets her first period (in front of her entire sixth- grade class), is ditched by her impulsive, free-spirited mom, and learns that you can never really go back to the Valley. Devastated that her childhood is over and still reeling from a recent move to Echo Park from Reseda, Bird struggles through her new reality along with some helpful, and some not-so-helpful, friends and family.
First-time writer/director Dorie Barton sets a lighthearted backdrop for this story of both a mother and daughter coming-of-age, offering a sweet perspective on a universal, yet underrepresented experience. We all have to grow up... and half of us do it by getting a case of the Girl Flu.
Girl Flu’s impressive ensemble cast of Katee Sackhoff, Jeremy Sisto, Heather Matarazzo, and Judy Reyes all step into their roles beautifully. Newcomer Jade Pettyjohn is stunning as Bird, a girl struggling to cope with her sudden graduation to “womanhood.”