Flyover Fest announces new headliners

Flyover Fest

Downtown Iowa City — Friday and Saturday, April 27-28

Hannah Beachler is the production designer for ‘Black Panther’ and a number of acclaimed films. — photo courtesy of Flyover Fest

Flyover Fest — Iowa City’s fashion, culture and politics festival — announced additions to their line-up Friday morning.

Paola Mendoza, co-organizer of the Women’s March, will visit Flyover as part of the Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World book tour. She will discuss last year’s history-making march, as well as her work as a writer, filmmaker and activist.

The fictional world of Wakanda has mesmerized millions of movie-goers since the release of Marvel’s Black Panther on Feb. 16. The woman responsible is production designer Hannah Beachler, who has also worked on Moonlight, Creed, Fruitvale Station and Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. Beachler will speak at this year’s Flyover Fest as well.

Other newly-announced headliners include Monica Beverly Hillz, trans activist and veteran of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and artist Randall Jenson, who founded the LGBTQ documentary company SocialScope Productions.

Flyover unveiled their first round of performers and speakers, as well as an rebranded mission, on Jan. 18. Formerly called the Flyover Fashion Festival, organizers removed “fashion” from the title and announced a focus on “tak[ing] the ‘under’ out of representation” in a range of artistic and political arenas.

Headliners include sex-positive rapper Cupcakke, Taylor Mac costume designer Machine Dazzle, Teen Vogue Digital Fashion Editor Jessica Andrews, socially-conscious rapper and poet CHIKA and more.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for $40. Flyover Fest will take place April 27-28. A full line-up can be found at

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