Dir. Barbara Loden, 1970
Wanda, a lonely housewife, drifts through mining country until she meets a petty thief who takes her in. Presented by programmer KJ Relth.
Programmer: KJ Relth
K.J. RELTH is a film programmer for UCLA Film & Television Archive, where she co-curates over 100 repertory, experimental, and contemporary international film programs each year at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, with a mind toward exhibiting underscreened works by female-identifying filmmakers. She is an adjunct professor at CalArts School of Film/Video, where she teaches Film Today, a course highlighting t
Relth has worked as a seasonal shorts programmer for AFI FEST and served on juries for several international festivals. She has presented film programs at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the Montalban Rooftop Theater, Now Instant Image Hall, the Vista Theatre, and Veggie Cloud in Los Angeles, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, the Block Museum at Northwestern University, the Music Box Theater in Chicago, and the Trylon Cinema in Minneapolis. Relth holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies & Film from The New School.he hyper-contemporary, worldwide cinema landscape. She sits on the advisory board for the The Voyager Institute, a performative, educational lecture series in Los Angeles, and has been a member of the Friends of Belgian Cinema committee since 2017, which serves in an advisory capacity for the Consulate General of Belgium for the national finalists entered for Academy Awards consideration.
"Aside from my professional connection to the film, which was restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in 2011, I chose to screen Wanda because I believe it epitomizes the experience of female filmmakers throughout their long history of emphatic insistence: that our stories are relevant, our voices important, our visions worthy of canonization. That Barbara Loden's sole feature film remained unknown for so long, and that this ignorance has so rightfully been corrected over the past decade, gives hope and credence to all previously ignored works by female makers."