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#GrrrlsOnFiLMU Gets Storified

I think I got it all: Thanks to the amazing powers of Storify, you can see pretty much everything that was posted on Twitter and Instagram about Grrrls on Film right here.


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#GrrrlsOnFiLMU in Bust

I just found out that Bust magazine featured Grrrls On Film online. I heart Bust!

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#GrrrlsonFiLMU Lineup Announced

Kim and the Created

Kim and the Created

I’m extremely pleased to announce the lineup of the Grrrls on Film festival at Loyola Marymount University March 18-20. We have an incredible array of films by, for, and about women. All participating filmmakers will be present, plus a few. There will also be a concert outdoors featuring Kim and the Created, Colleen Green, Peach Kelli Pop, KXLU DJs, spoken word, and more. The press release and complete schedule are below. We will be presenting more details during the upcoming weeks. And, it’s all free!

Loyola Marymount University presents GRRRLS ON FILM, a free festival featuring films and music from groundbreaking female artists, on the LMU campus March 18, 19 and 20, 2016

Confirmed participants include Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization, Wayne’s World), Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), Alice Bag (the Bags), Kim and the Created, Nao Bustamante, Phranc, Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile), Colleen Green, Kari Krome, Peach Kelli Pop, Nicole Panter, Raquel Gutiérrez, Jill Reiter (In Search of Margo-go) and Lizzie Borden (Born in Flames)

For Immediate Release — Grrrls on Film is a weekend-long celebration of the feminist acts of making sound and vision. The festival and forum at Loyola Marymount University gathers together pioneers in movies, music, art and activism to address what has become one of the hot-button social justice issues of our time: lack of diverse representation and expression in arts and entertainment. The event borrows its name from the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1990s, which fused the Do-It-Yourself credo of punk with Third Wave Feminism’s call for self-determination. Continue reading


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Free Pussy Riot

If Pussy Riot were journalists, or politicians, or white males in general — if they weren’t young, punk women — would they have long ago been set free in response to international outrage? Here’s hoping they are released tomorrow. I heart their rejuvenation of ’90s feminism — their explicit embrace of Guerrilla Girls and Riot Grrrls.



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Legacies and Tributes

“There would be no Riot Grrrls if it wasn’t for Joan, there would be no Joan if it wasn’t for Suzi, and there would be no Suzi if it wasn’t for Elvis.”

So says Toby Mamis, dissecting the lineage of two of the most famous clients of his music-management career. Mamis was publicist for Suzi Quatro in 1975, when a young teenager looking like a mini Suzi started hanging around the LA hotel where the pioneering rock bassist/singer and her entourage were staying. Mamis wound up letting Joan Larkin (she hadn’t dubbed herself Jett yet) and a male friend stay in his hotel room. They became friends. A few years later, after Jett had become a star in her own right as rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the Runaways, Mamis became the band’s manager — after they had booted Kim Fowley.

The last link of that lineage — Joan to the Grrrls — is getting honored in an album to be released June 28, Take It or Leave It– A Tribute to the Queens of Noise: The Runaways. Kathleen Hanna, “the raddest girl of all,” will perform the camp epic “Dead End Justice” with Peaches, produced by Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys (Hanna’s husband). That’s just the most incredibly awesome track of a lineup that includes the Donnas doing “Queens of Noise” (I saw the Donnas open for Jett in New York in the mid ’90s), the Toilet Boys playing “Born to Be Bad,” the Dandy Warhols on “Cherry Bomb,” and tracks featuring Cherie Currie and Sandy West. The two-disc album’s being released by Main Man Records. I’ll take it.

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