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Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:15pm

Program #16

Artist, fugitive, trailblazer…the incredible true story of Lily Renée, who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna as a teenager, and went on to become one of the true pioneers during the Golden Age of comics.

Meet the filmmakers


DIRECTOR - Adrienne Gruben

PRODUCER - Benjamin Shearn, Adrienne Gruben and David Armstrong


EDITOR - Benjamin Shearn



Adrienne Gruben

Filmmaker Adrienne Gruben, in her first foray as a documentary director, spent five years working to bring Lily Renée Phillips’ story to light in her film “Lily.” Ms. Gruben has already amassed an impressive independent filmmaking career that spans 20 years. Her producing credits include “Treasure Island” (Sundance Special Jury Prize Winner, 1999), “Running With The Bulls” (IFC comedy special, 2003) and “You’re Gonna Miss Me” (Independent Spirit Award Nominee, 2007), a documentary exploring the life of legendary musician Roky Erickson. In 2017 she directed a drag queen variety Christmas special for OutTV Canada. Outside of independent film, Ms. Gruben has worked on the international marketing campaigns for films like “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the “Mission: Impossible” sequels “Rogue Nation” and “Fallout,” “A Quiet Place,” and the upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocketman.” Her creative influences include her Tex-Mex heritage, The Specials, the short stories of Federico Garcia Lorca, and her mother’s beloved hometown of Laredo, from where she has tamales flown in every Christmas. For her last three birthdays, she celebrated with 200 women at a private roller rink, one time placing third in the limbo contest. She lives in Los Angeles with an accordion-playing husband, a toddler who moves like Martha Graham, and a crayon-obsessed rescue dog named Maggie.