Out of the culture of the 1990s Pacific Northwest independent music scene, riot grrrl established third-wave feminism and brought “girl power” to the masses, proving that music can change the world.

The Story

Riot grrrl is the name of the female-led, feminist and musical movement that propelled third wave feminism into the mainstream. GRRRL explores riot grrrl from its initial spark in 1991 to modern manifestations, touching upon mass media co-option and cultural impact. Riot grrrl demonstrates the strength of music as a vehicle for social change. GRRRL offers an alternative to the mass media riot grrrl narrative of white middle-class college-educated exclusivity. GRRRL unfolds the history, global impact and evolution of modern feminism revealing the complexity of identities and experiences within the riot grrrl community of the past and present. This is the story of how grrrls changed the world.


GRRRL is a sponsored project of SIMA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit arts organization, which supports creative projects that advance positive social change. Contributions for the charitable purposes of GRRRL must be made payable to “SIMA” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Checks must be made payable to SIMA and list GRRRL in the Memo Section.


Grrrl Short

Screening Schedule

There are no scheduled, upcoming screenings.

Screenings Of An Excerpt From the Forthcoming Feature Documentary, GRRRL (2013)
A 10 minute short created for Alien She, the first major art exhibition on riot grrrl.

09/03/2015 – 11/27/2015 – Portland, OR – Alien She art exhibit at Pacific Northwest College of Art: Feldman Gallery and Project Space

02/14/2015 – 03/17/2015 – Newport Beach, CA – Alien She art exhibit at Orange County Museum of Art

10/24/2014 – 01/25/2015 – San Francisco, CA – Alien She art exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Art

03/20/2014 – Los Angeles, CA – RIOT: LA – A benefit for Madigan Shive

03/07 – 04/27/2014 – Philadelphia, PA – Alien She art exhibit

02/08/2014 – Norfolk, VA –  Reel It Out Queer Film Festival 6:30pm

11/09/2013 – San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Transgender Film Festival 7:30pm

11/09/2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Ladyfest L.A. – 5:15pm – keynote speaker Vega Darling

10/20/2013 – Long Beach, CA – Cultural Alliance of Long Beach 5:00pm – Hosted by Long Beach Riot Grrrl with performances by Bonfire Madigan, The Potential Lunatics, Bellhaunts, and Anatommy.

09/21/2013 – Portland, OR – Gender Reel Film Festival 7:00pm

09/21/2013 – Minneapolis, MN – Gender Reel Film Festival 9:45pm

09/20/2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Gender Reel Film Festival 6:45pm

09/20/2013 – Oakland, CA – Gender Reel Film Festival 6:00pm

09/20/2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Alien She art exhibit opening

09/21/2013-02/16/2014 – Pittsburgh, PA – Alien She art exhibit at Miller Gallery – Carnegie Mellon University


In association with SIMA Studios

To make a donation in support of GRRRL make out a check payable to: SIMA STUDIOS and mail to 632 Westbourne Drive, West Hollywood 90069, CA. SIMA’s Tax ID is 46-2836025. Be sure to write “GRRRL” on the notes/memo line of the check. If you would prefer to make a wire transfer, please reach out to project@simastudios.org. To donate via Paypal/ Credit Card click below. Every amount is appreciated and an important contribution.