Dorie Barton’s “Girl Flu” follows Bird (Jade Pettyjohn), a thoughtful sixth grader whose emotional maturity far outpaces her body development. When her first period arrives in an embarrassingly public way, Bird turns to her flighty stoner single mother Jenny (Katee Sackhoff) for guidance, but she’s just as befuddled as her young daughter. Already frustrated by her recent move to Echo Park from the Valley, Bird learns the difficulties of growing up, becoming a woman, and accepting change all in the worst week of her life. In this exclusive clip above, watch as Bird learns about how to use a tampon for the first time from Jenny and Lilli (Heather Matarazzo).
“Girl Flu” is Dorie Barton’s debut film. She’s best known as an actress who has appeared in “Meet The Fockers,” “Down With Love,” and “God Bless America”; she also starred in the series “Stark Raving Mad,” which was cancelled after one season. Katee Sackhoff is best known for playing Captain Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace on the TV series “Battlestar Gallactica,” as well her appearances in TV shows like “24,” “Longmire,” and “Robot Chicken.” Jade Pettyjohn recently starred as Summer in Nickelodeon’s sitcom “School of Rock,” based on the Richard Linklater film of the same name, as well as a recurring role on the TV series “The Last Ship.”
“Girl Flu” will have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 6th.