The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club is a free series, held on the third Thursday of the month October to December 2019 and February to April 2020. Films will start at 2 pm with free popcorn and water available. Films are curated by Festival founder Jamie Kabler and film expert Peter Bart. As 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the nineteenth amendment acknowledging women’s right to vote, this year’s films celebrate female empowerment.
October 17, 2019 • 2 pm: 9 to 5 (1980)
This comedy film stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton as three working women who live out their fantasies of getting even with the company’s sexist, egotistical, lying boss.
November 21, 2019 • 2 pm: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Based on the novel of the same name, this film stars Anne Hathaway as a junior assistant to the powerful, ruthless magazine editor played by Meryl Streep.
December 19, 2019 • 2 pm: The Young Victoria (2009)
This British-American period drama is based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert.
February 20, 2020 • 2 pm: Julie & Julia (2009)
The film contrasts the life of chef Julia Child in the early years of her culinary career with the life of young New Yorker Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days.
March 19, 2020 • 2 pm: The Help (2011)
During the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi, an aspiring journalist writes a book from the point of view of the maids, exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families.
April 16, 2020 • 2 pm: When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
A romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, the story follows the title characters from the time they meet through twelve years of chance encounters in New York City.