June 18th, 2012
Girls on the Wall will be at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. We will screen the film as part of of the “Now Showing” film series on Monday, June 25th at 4:00 PM. We would love for your schools’ librarians (or any librarian in your life) to see the film!
We can be found in Booth # 2737 between the Library School & Instruction and Small Press/Products area.
June 1st, 2012
On June 7th we will be screening for Girl Cadets at Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Los Alamitos, CA! See you there!
May 1st, 2012
On May 17th, GIRLS ON THE WALL + ITVS will present Teaching Modules at the Juvenile Court, Community and Alternative School Administrators of California (JCCASAC) Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.
April 2nd, 2012
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.
January 18th, 2012
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.
December 8th, 2011
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.
December 10th, 2009
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 http://www.fandango.com/egyptiantheatre_aaofx/theaterpage??
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
November 18th, 2009
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)
November 2nd, 2009
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.
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. CMJ was great too, but by then I lacked the energy to take any more pictures.
October 17th, 2009
For two or three years, I was out of touch with Rosa and Precious, two of my favorite girls from Warrenville- nothing but a breadcrumb trail of old cell phone numbers. But through the magic of MySpace, I located Rosa first- aka 2 Cute 4 U – and shortly afterward found Precious (Tha Realest Bitch). I started the campaign to get them to come to our Chicago screenings. Sunday was a strikeout, so for our last screening, yesterday, I started the naggy texts at 8:00 AM.
They made it, and did the most amazing, raw Q&A panel I’ve ever seen, for a bunch of alternative-school kids who were hanging on their every word and asked them for autographs afterward. They’re both working now and doing well, and it’s wild to see their affect on different audiences (the public screening yesterday was just as enthralled.)
I’m crazy happy to know these girls and glad I didn’t get rid of my Myspace. Facebook, what have you done for me lately?
Rosa, HR, soundgirl Gwen (aka Helen Keller) and Precious