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Chelsea Peretti, Amy Poehler and Brett Goldstein attend the "First Time Female Director" Special Screening

[L-R Top Row] Blake Anderson, Andy Richter, Xosha Roquemore, Benito Skinner and Max Greenfield

[L-R Bottom Row] Kate Berlant, Chelsea Peretti and Amy Poehler at the "First Time Female Director" Special Screening.

Photo Credit: Eric Charbonneau

On the evening of Monday, March 18, the feature film “First Time Female Director” had a special screening at Vidiots in Los Angeles. The friends and family affair was attended by the first-time female director herself, Chelsea Peretti, along with the funniest names in Hollywood, including Amy Poehler (who is also a producer for the film), Brandon ScottBrett GoldsteinDylan MulvaneyFred ArmisenGeraldine ViswanathanJack McBrayerJacqueline NovakJeanette McCurdyJoe La TrulioJojo T. GibbsLil Rel HoweryMae MartinMelissa FumeroNia VardalosNick KrollNicole ByerPaul ScheerPaul W. DownsSarah SilvermanStephanie BeatrizYassirLester, and Zoe Lister Jones.

Ahead of the screening, guests savored delicious bites generously provided by Shake Shack and hydrated responsibly thanks to VOSS Water.


Immediately following the film, there was an endearing cast reunion in the form of a Q&A conversation with Peretti alongside Benito SkinnerKate BerlantBlake AndersonMax GreenfieldXosha Roquemore, and Andy Richter; moderated by fellow cast member, Numa Perrier.


“First Time Female Director” is available to stream now on The Roku Channel. You can watch it on Roku devices or TVs, and it's also easily accessible online at, iOS and Android devices, Google TVs and other Android TV OS devices, Amazon Fire TVs, and Samsung TVs.



“First Time Female Director” is set in a local theater in Glendale, California. Sam, a newly minted female director (Peretti) struggles to fill the shoes of her male predecessor, putting her Southern rural drama in jeopardy. Sam experiences real life drama as she struggles to wrangle her unimpressed cast of local actors (Benito Skinner, Kate Berlant, Megan Stalter, Megan Mullally, Jak Knight, and Blake Anderson). With no one to lean on but her deeply troubled therapist, Meg (Amy Poehler) and a desperate usher (Max Greenfield), Sam grasps for guidance from the theatre’s sadistic artistic director, Sheldon (Andy Richter). All the while the company’s ticket-taker Star (Xosha Roquemore) is secretly rising up the ranks behind the scenes. When it rains, it pours. 


The mockumentary-style film hilariously unpacks the local theater world and the pageantry surrounding it, while it wittingly provides commentary on the gendered expectations placed on women in the entertainment industry. Our try-hard heroine, Sam is pressured to fill the shoes of her male predecessors rather than be herself organically, thus being prompted to fail.


A Roku release and presentation of a MarVista Entertainment/Tideline, Paper Kite Prods. production.



PRODUCERS: Chelsea Peretti, Amy Poehler, Deanna Barillari, Kate Arend, Jordan Grief

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Angie Day, Ani Kevork, Hannah Pillemer, Fernando Szew, Tony Vassiliadis

CAST: Chelsea Peretti, Benito Skinner, Kate Berlant, Blake Anderson, Xosha Roquemore, Natasha Leggero, Andy Richter, Amy Poehler, Megan Stalter, Megan Mullaly, Max Greenfield, Nicole Byer, Jak Knight, Brad Hall, Tim Heidecker

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