Even if noone shows up (well, actually, we’re expecting full houses), the Grrrls on Film festival will have been worth doing just for the way Hannah Ongley gets at the issues, and features a range of female directors, in this wonderful i-D story.
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“Independent. Powerful. Female.”
That’s how Christina Campodonico describes Grrrls on Film in a cover story for The Argonaut published today. She also interviewed Penelope Spheeris, Alice Bag, Allison Wolfe, and Phranc — all participants in this year’s festival. It’s a great writeup; graduates of USC’s Specialized Journalism in the Arts rule!!!
Grrrls on Film this weekend will culminate not just with Grrrls on Stage — bands, spoken word, DJs, host Allison Wolfe — but also Grrrls at Tables. Numerous individuals and organizations will be offering their services and wares in a fair on the Alumni Mall of Loyola Marymount University. The musical guests are Kim and the Created, Colleen Green and Peach Kelli Pop. Original Runaways lyricist Kari Krome will share some choice words, as will LMU faculty Sarah Maclay and Alicia Partnoy and student Kaelyn Sabal-Wilson. And KXLU DJs Mukta Mohan, McAllister, and Taylor 2000 will spin discs.
You will be able to buy clothes, including Grrrls on Film T-shirts (proceeds go to scholarships for LMU students), make fanzines at the table sponsored by the William H. Hannon Library, learn bike repair with the Ovarian Psychos, and even make a video at a booth sponsored by the Music Video Program of Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles. We’ll have three rock camps on the mall: Chicas Rockeras and RC OC too. And two all-female roller derby teams: Los Angeles Derby Dolls and Angel City Derby Girls.
Additional participants: Marians, Mcpheeters, Feminist Library on Wheels, Geek Girl Society, An Unexpected Hobby, Honey Power DJ Collective, KXLU, the LMU Committee on the Status of Women, LMU SFTV grad programs, Fanboy Comics, Old Friends Vintage, and Razorcake magazine. Check the website for details and to register (it’s free but we need a head count).
Also, Richeeze food truck.
Here’s a video by Pajama Jeer made by Rock Camp’s MVP in 2015:
Angela Boatwright, maker of the documentary Los Punks about punks in East LA and Compton, and Leena Pendharkar, filmmaker and LMU professor, will be joining the Girl Power: Behind the Lens panel on Friday, March 18, at 5 p.m. for Grrrls on Film. They replace Floria Sigismondi, who will be there later for a Q&A after the screening of her movie The Runaways.
I’m looking forward to being live on the air again tomorrow with Prof. Sharon Mooney to talk about Grrrls on Film. Tune into the Feminist Magazine KPFK 90.7 FM in LA, or livestream at kpfk.org, at about 3:30 p.m. March 15.
Here’s the poster for Grrrls on Film, designed by the brilliant Sharon A. Mooney. You may notice a couple changes in the schedule: Floria Sigismondi is on a shoot and will not be at the Girl Power panel Friday night, but will join us later for the screening of The Runaways. Also, the order of a couple of the events on Saturday got flipped. More announcements to come!