Girls Rock – Saturday at the Ritz

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As a part of the Sound Unseen Music and Film Festival, there will be a showing of Girls Rock at the Ritz Theater followed by a discussion featuring several of the Twin Cities finest female rock artists, producers, and radio personalities, including the legendary Babes in Toyland drummer Lori Barbero, and band manager for Revolver Modele, Karrie Vrabel.

GIRLS ROCK! Saturday, August 25 @ 3:00 pm at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 623-7660

Girls Rock (Arne Johnson, Shane King, USA, 2007, 91 min.) At Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp, girls ranging in age from eight to 18 are taught that it’s OK to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, wail on their instruments with complete and utter abandon, and that “it is 100% okay to be exactly who you are.” The girls have a week to select a band, an instrument they may have never played before, and write a song. In between, they are taught by indie rock chicks such as Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney various lessons of empowerment from self-defense to anger management. At the end of the week, all the bands perform a concert for over 700 people.

The film follows several campers: Laura, a Korean adoptee obsessed by death metal; Misty, who is emerging from a life of meth addiction, homelessness and gang activity; and Amelia, an eight-year-old who writes experimental rock songs about her dog Pipi. What happens to the girls as they are given a temporary reprieve from being sexualized, analyzed and pressured to conform is truly moving and revolutionary.

Girls Rock Panel – Following the screening @ Ritz Theater @ 4:30pm
After the screening of the Girls Rock! Documentary, join a group of Twin Cities women who rock for a discussion of their work in local music featuring Kate Galloway, former owner of Vamp Booking, Melisa Rivière, manager of reggaeton sensation Maria Isa and owner of Emetrece Productions, Jenny Case, producer of the recent Twin Cities’ Girls Rock Camp and a member of the national Rock Camp Alliance, Rachel Lee Joyce, music publicist and DJ, and legendary Babes in Toyland drummer Lori Barbero, and band manager for Revolver Modele, Karrie Vrabel.