Girls Rock! movie premiere this weekend

Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books is excited to support Girls Rock!, a heartwarming and hilarious new documentary premiering in select cities nationwide on Friday, March 7th.


Girls Rock!

The ground-breaking Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls invites girls from all over the country to learn how to rock DIY-style: forming bands, writing songs, and playing a gig all in one week. These girls are empowered with self-discovery, achieving things they never thought possible, and Girls Rock! is the movie about their inspiring journey.

"Simultaneously revolutionary, heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny. Absolutely not to be missed."
– Seattle Magazine




Girls Rock!

Girls Rock!



"The first time I saw the students at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls kicking out the jams on their guitars and drums," says Girls Rock! co-director Arne Johnson, "I giggled happily... and then was inexplicably moved to tears." It was this emotional reaction that launched him and co-director Shane King to follow four students through the Camp experience and discover what many books and studies have already described—girls are struggling with a bewildering and heartbreaking array of challenges to their self-image. Through video diaries and camp week footage, girls from all walks of life share their dreams, thoughts about being a girl in this society, and excitement about rock 'n' roll. Witnessing their growth and change in their perception of themselves and each other, film-goers will transform right along with the girls. Bring your daughters!

Learn more about Girls Rock! The Movie
See the trailer, join the message boards, request a screening near you, win a guitar, and spread the girl rock love!

Join the opening weekend festivities in:


  • Attend the Friday evening premiere at the Embarcadero Center Theater with Directors' Q&A afterward.

  • Stay for the opening night party from 8:30 – 10 p.m., hosted by Chronicle Books. Audience members with a ticket stub from the 7 p.m. showing are invited to meet the filmmakers, learn more about the girls rock programs, and support the Bay Area camp opening this summer. Location: The Holding Company (2 Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level)


  • Shattuck Cinemas premieres the movie Friday night.

  • Doors open Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. with pre-show entertainment: live music from local girl bands like The As Ifs, and interactive instrument stations provided by the new Bay Area Girls Rock Camp for kids to rock out. The 12:30 and 2:30 matinees will be followed by Director Q&A.

VIP party with a red carpet walk for rockin' girls and free popcorn, guest appearances by mayoral candidate Sam Adams and the Rose City Rollers, and a performance by girl band Bluebird in honor of International Women's Day on March 8th.

Panel discussion hosted by NOW NYC on issues affecting girls today, Director Q&A, limited edition Girls Rock! Fender Stratocaster giveaway, a mini rock camp hosted by the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, and a performance by girl band Care Bears on Fire in honor of International Women's Day on March 8th.

Panel discussion hosted by Write Girl, a great org that helps empower girls through writing, including founder and executive director, singer-songwriter Keren Taylor; Grammy-award winning songwriter and WriteGirl mentor, Michelle Lewis; and Grammy Foundation Coordinator, Education Initiatives, Valerie Vanderwest.

The film also opens this weekend in SEATTLE and CHICAGO with Directors' Q&A and Fender guitar giveaways. More cities coming soon!


Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls



Inspired by the film? Share the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls experience with a girl in your life by pre-ordering Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, available in June from Chronicle Books. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Camp.

This book brings the camp's inspiring, hands-on approach and advice from its all-star crew of female musicians to girls everywhere. Fun and informative features offer instruction and tips on how to play instruments, write songs, publicize a show, sing your heart out, and much more. Featuring a short history of women in rock, 50 awesome illustrations and photos of young bands, and contributions by members of Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip, Mirah, and others, Rock 'N' Roll Camp for Girls will have readers turning up their amps in no time!


Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls  


Girls, get ready to rock! The Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, a nonprofit organization devoted to building girls' self-esteem through music creation and performance, is located in Portland, Oregon. The Camp provides workshops and technical training, creates leadership opportunities, cultivates a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourages social change and the development of life skills. Since opening in 2001, it has grown into a year-round program with girls rock camps across the country and world. Find one near you!

Learn more about the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls at


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