After wowing crowds at SIFF 2007, the documentary Girls Rock! which profiles Portland's Rock and Roll Camp for Girls, is finally being released on DVD this Tuesday.
The 90-minute doc features real life rock stars like Beth Ditto of The Gossip and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney who serve as actual counselors at the camp and help develop young girls from 8 to 18 into future rock stars. As the movie's website says:
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.
Girls Rock! will be in fine video and record stores Tuesday, January 27. You can also download one of the songs from a band featured in the film and appearing on the very good soundtrack here. It's "Global Warming" by Blubird.
I think this is my favorite band to come out of the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls:
For more info on the movie, check out its website at http://www.girlsrockdvd.com.