‘Grrrls on Film’ Brings Riot Grrrl Culture To Los Angeles This Weekend

by Meghan Sara

Riot Grrrls of Los Angeles, put down your out-of-tune electric bass and listen up!

This weekend is the inaugural Grrrls on Film, a three-day film and music festival featuring screenings, panels, workshops and live performances.

still from Dirty Girls directed by Michael Lucid

still from Dirty Girls, directed by Michael Lucid

Sharon Mooney, assistant clinical professor in the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University, was craving a punk community on campus when a chance connection put her in touch with Evelyn McDonnell, assistant professor of journalism and new media. They connected over a shared interest in girl bands and punk films, and, as the women told LA Weekly, they just had to find a way to bring their passion to LMU. Thus, Grrrls on Film was brought into the world, kicking and screaming!

still from Born In Flames directed by Lizzie Borden
still from Born in Flames, directed by Lizzie Borden

Friday night kicks off with screenings and Q&As. The revolution continues Saturday with more films and panels. Sunday burns it down to the ground with the concert Grrrls on Stage, hosted by Alison Wolfe (Bratmobile) and featuring performances by Kim and the Created, Colleen Green, Peach Kelli Pop and more!

still from Lost Grrrls directed by Vega Darling
still from Lost Grrrls, directed by Vega Darling

Best of all, the weekend’s events are FREE and will sprawl out over the university’s alumni mall with Razorcake, Honey Power, Ovarian Psychos, Rock Camp for Girls L.A. and KXLU, to name a few. Don’t miss the Hannon Library-hosted zine-making table! Food and other vendors donating 10 percent of their proceeds to the scholarship fund provided by LMU’s Committee on the Status of Women.

still from In Search Of Margo Go directed by Jill Reiter
still from In Search of Margo-go, directed by Jill Reiter

WHAT: Grrrls on Film: Film and Music Festival
WHERE: LMU Mayer Theater, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (see event page)
WHEN: Friday, March 18, 2016 – Sunday, March 20, 2016
COST: Free! Register for panels & screenings on the event page.

Full line-up below:


5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: PANEL: Girl Power: Behind the Lens with Floria Sigismondi, Karyn Kusama, Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, and LMU SFTV Associate Professor Vanessa Newell

8:00 PM: SCREENINGS: The Runaways and Dirty Girls
Q&A with directors Michael Lucid and Floria Sigismondi will follow.


12:00 PM: SCREENINGS: Born in Flames and Golden Chain
Q&A with directors Lizzie Borden, Adebukola Bodunrin, and Ezra Clayton Daniels will follow.

2:30 PM: SCREENINGS: The Decline of Western Civilization and I Don’t Know
Q&A with director Penelope Spheeris and Anna Fox will follow.

5:00 PM: SCREENINGS AND PERFORMANCE: In Search of Margo-goDaybreak, and Quinn
Q&A with directors Jill Reiter, Lucretia Tye Jasmine, and performers including Nao Bustamante, Lex Vaughn, Tara Jepsen, Jennifer Locke, and LMU SFTV Associate Professor Sue Scheibler will follow.

8:30 PM: PANEL: LAy of the LAnd: We Will Bury You with Alice Bag, Phranc, Nicole Panter, Raquel Gutiérrez, and Rubén Martínez


12:00 PM: SCREENINGS: Lost Grrrls: Riot Grrrl in Los Angeles and Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl NYC
Q&A with directors Vega Darling and Abby Moser to follow.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Grrrls on Stage
Host: Allison Wolfe. Featuring: Kim and the Created, Colleen Green, Peach Kelli Pop, DJs Cass and McAllister, DJ Mukta Mohan, DJ Taylor Rowley; spoken word by Kari Krome, Alicia Partnoy, and Sarah Maclay

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still from Lost Grrrls directed by Vega Darling
still from Lost Grrrls, directed by Vega Darling

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