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We are Going to Missouri

We are excited to be heading to Missouri! Find us on April 26th in Springfield, MO for a screening of Girls on the Wall! Proud to be working with Missouri State University Center for Dispute Resolution in collaboration with Networks for Girls and Greene County Juvenile Justice Center.

Did You Know?

We are the lucky recipient of an outreach and audience engagement grant from The Fledgling Fund, an organization which seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities by supporting innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems.

We will facilitate youth-led screenings and discussion of GIRLS ON THE WALL in juvenile halls, alternative schools, court schools, community day and continuation schools targeted toward court-involved and marginalized girls, to generate open and concrete discussion of strategies to build a life outside of the corrections system and connect young women with arts-based organizations that can help them realize this goal.

Filmmaker Spotlight: Heather Ross

Filmmaker Spotlight: Heather Ross

Our mighty director, Heather Ross got profiled by our new Educational DVD distributor, Collective Eye.

“I was taken with the idea of telling these girls’ story; you never hear the voices of marginalized girls, girls in the system – they’re always side characters in some gangster drama – and I was excited to hear what they had to say.”

Collective Eye Filmmaker Spotlight Series is a unique opportunity to hear directly from our filmmakers. The series provides a forum to learn about our filmmakers as well as get involved with relevant topics for each film.

Los Angeles Premiere- Egyptian Theater

Incredibly happy to announce the Los Angeles Premiere of Girls on the Wall! Please join us for an evening of live prison music, Q & A, and other surprises! This theater is huge, so please invite all your friends, family, underlings, gym acquaintances, etc. Advance tix available soon at

Title: Los Angeles Premiere- Egyptian Theater
Location: 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Description: GIRLS ON THE WALL makes its Los Angeles Premiere with the American Cinematheque at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Start Time: 7:30pm
Date: 01-13-10

Shortlist for Feature Documentary Oscars Announced

Just saw that the short list for the 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary has just been announced. Very excited for Mai Iskander and her film Garbage Dreams— got to meet her at the ITVS Producer’s Conference last year. Also stoked for Every Little Step, a film I was not prepared to like so much (and a fellow musical-themed documentary). Noms are below– more info is blogged here at Rope of Silicon. Congratulations, everyone!

  • The Beaches of Agnes, Agnès Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris)
  • Burma VJ, Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films)
  • The Cove, Louis Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society)
  • Every Little Step, James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors (Endgame)
  • Facing Ali, Pete McCormack, director (Network Films Inc.)
  • Food, Inc., Robert Kenner, director (Robert Kenner Films)
  • Garbage Dreams, Mai Iskander, director (Iskander Films, Inc.)
  • Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, Mark N. Hopkins, director (Red Floor Pictures LLC)
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, directors (Kovno Communications)
  • Mugabe and the White African, Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey, directors (Arturi Films Limited)
  • Sergio, Greg Barker, director (Passion Pictures and Silverbridge Productions)
  • Soundtrack for a Revolution, Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, directors (Freedom Song Productions)
  • Under Our Skin, Andy Abrahams Wilson, director (Open Eye Pictures)
  • Valentino The Last Emperor, Matt Tyrnauer, director (Acolyte Films)
  • Which Way Home, Rebecca Cammisa, director (Mr. Mudd)


Late in posting this… still not completely able to admit to myself that I am blogging.

GIRLS ON THE WALL was awarded a Special Mention jury prize at the Chicago Int’l Film Festival. We were flattered and excited to be honored among an amazing collection of films. Our whole crew had a blast at CIFF– it was really great to premiere this film in the city where it got its start.

Step and repeat.

Hot Springs Documentary festival was also a blast… fun to meet fellow filmmakers such as Bill Daniel, whose rail-riding graffiti film WHO IS BOZO TEXINO? was both atmospheric and incredibly engaging, and Bayou Bennett, whose film ME, MY FATHER AND THE HURRICANE was the talk of the town.Hot Springs Marquee CMJ was great too, but by then I lacked the energy to take any more pictures.


The first official GOTW audience
The first official GOTW audience

Our World Premiere screening on Sunday was wonderful. GOTW played to a packed house and a very enthusiastic audience. I was excited to hear people laugh throughout the film– I was always concerned that people might be deterred from laughing at a film with a “serious” subject. Also, we made some grown men cry.

Time Out Chicago called the film “moving” and named it as one of their recommended titles— sweet.

The Chicago Film Festival has been fantastic, and it’s been fun to meet other filmmakers from around the world. Pictures soon…