Girls to the Front


Girls, femmes, and friends of all ages come to the front!

In the early 1990s punk-singer Kathleen Hanna defined the Riot Grrrl movement when she declared  “All the girls to the front. All boys be cool for once in your lives.” Her demand was clear and remains resonant: make space for women in the front of the room and conversation. Let them rock, dance, and support each other.

This May the Nick joins with Unsweetened: Voices From a Feminist South and Girls Rock Columbia to invite punks, princesses, and everyone in between to celebrate friendship and creativity. Join us for a lineup helmed by women directors that declare once and for all that it is camaraderie, not competition, that defines us.


May 16


This program is part of our Girls to the Front series.

Co-Presented by Unsweetened Magazine. 


Director: Amy Heckerling

1995’s Clueless solidified Amy Heckerling’s (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Look Who’s Talking) status as a box office smashing director, reinvented the “teen movie,” and inspired a nationwide rush on plaid skirts. Loosely based on Jane Austen's character Emma,  Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is California royalty who rejects unwanted attention with a firm, “as if!” and spends her time shopping, accruing speeding tickets with equally envied BFF Dionne (Stacey Dash), and arguing with her step-brother Josh (Paul Rudd). After failing as a matchmaker, getting rejected by a Luke Perry look-alike, and at risk of being usurped by new it-girl Tai (Brittany Murphy), Cher takes a fresh look at Josh and undergoes a change of “inner direction.” 

1995. USA. 97 min. PG-13

preceded by 

Crystal Lake

Director: Jennifer Reeder

A beautiful, assertive tribute to the dynamism and diversity of feminism. A group of female skateboarders claim space in a local park.

2015. USA. 19 min. NR

May 23

Josie and the Pussycats

This program is part of our Girls to the Front series.

Co-Presented by Girls Rock Columbia.
A live musical performance accompanies this screening.

Josie and the Pussycats

Director: Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont

Before Riverdale aired on CW, cult fans coveted this jewel-toned gem.  A small-town girl band makes it big, only to discover the nefarious, corporate machinations of the music industry. Featuring performances from indie darlings Rosario Dawson and Parker Posey, and a punk-pop soundtrack so catchy it warranted a vinyl release in 2017, Josie is an energetic rejection of consumerism and celebration of female friendship.

2001. 98 min. PG-13

preceded by

Dear Diary

Director: Penelope Uribe-Abee

A DIY, diaristic adventure through Los Angeles. A teen filmmaker assumes the role of noir narrator to tell her own story of filmmaking, record shopping, and listening to the Smiths with her friends.

2012. 5 min. NR