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Loyola Marymount University Celebrates Women in the Arts with Grrrls on Film

Later this month, Loyola Marymount University will be hosting Grrrls on Film, a free festival featuring films and music from groundbreaking female artists of all creative mediums that will celebrate feminist acts of making sounds and vision. Taking place from March 18-20, 2016, at the LMU campus, the festival will gather pioneers in movies, music, art, and activism to address what has become one of the hot-button social justice issues of our time: the lack of diverse representation and expression in arts and entertainment. In order to represent the geek-oriented aspects of creativity, notable geek gals Barbra Dillon of Fanboy Comics, Claire Thorne of An Unexpected Hobby, and Autumn Rain Glading of Brave New World Comics and the Geek Girls Society will be in attendance to discuss and showcase their work.

Grrrls on Film 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. Through screenings, panel discussions, music and workshops, Grrrls on Film offers a multi-decade tour of what the Riot Grrrls called Girl Power. The event features movies made by female directors and movies about noisemakers. All of the represented filmmakers and many musicians and scholars will present and discuss these seminal works. 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).

The festival is a collaboration among the faculty of Loyola Marymount University’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, the School of Film and Television, and the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University. The campus radio station, KXLU, will present an outdoor concert and organizations that promote and support women in film, music, publishing, the arts, and academia (including Fanboy Comics, An Unexpected Hobby, Brave New World Comics, and the Geek Girls Society) will be on hand to provide information and present workshops.

The goal of Grrrls on Film is not merely to address the gender inequity of the film and music industries, but to inspire students to express themselves. GRRRLs on Film is free and open to the public. Please see the full schedule of events as listed below. For more information regarding the festival and to RSVP, please visit and join the conversation with the hashtag #grrrlsonfiLMU.

Friday, March 18, 2016

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

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

Saturday, March 19, 2016

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

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

5:00 p.m.
SCREENINGS AND PERFORMANCE: In Search of Margo-go, Daybreak, 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 p.m. PANEL: LAy of the LAnd: We Will Bury You with Alice Bag, Phranc, Nicole Panter, Raquel Gutiérrez, and Rubén Martínez

Sunday, March 20, 2016

12:00 p.m.
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 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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

About Loyola Marymount University’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Loyola Marymount University’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA) in Los Angeles prepares students for successful lives of meaning and purpose with a transformative liberal arts education. LMU’s largest and oldest college, BCLA offers 22 major and 26 minor undergraduate degrees in humanities and social science disciplines, along with many interdisciplinary programs and five graduate programs. A BCLA education instills the values of our Jesuit and Marymount founders: ethical citizenship, critical inquiry, and a love of learning. For more information about BCLA’s events and programs, please visit

Movie industry moguls helped establish Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) current campus on the bluffs above west Los Angeles in the 1920s. By 1964, LMU was formally teaching film and television curriculum, and in 2001, the School of Film and Television (SFTV) was established as its own entity. Today, SFTV offers students a comprehensive education where mastering technical skills and story is equally important to educating the whole person, including the formation of character and values, meaning and purpose. SFTV offers undergraduate degrees in animation, production, screenwriting, film and television studies and recording arts; and graduate degrees in production, screenwriting and writing and producing for television. The school is one of the few film programs providing students with a completely tapeless model of production and post-production, and SFTV’s animation program is one of the few worldwide that teaches virtual cinematography. Selected alumni include John Bailey, Bob Beemer, Francie Calfo, Brian Helgeland, Francis Lawrence, Lauren Montgomery, Jack Orman, Van Partible and James Wong, among others. Get more information at or




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