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Take The Stage

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Darla Courtney and Portia Danis' new documentary Take The Stage delves into the work of Girls Rock Camp Madison, one of a growing number of programs across the country and the world that give young girls the opportunity to learn an instrument, write songs, collaborate, perform for an audience at real venues, and record their music in professional studios. As more and more people pull back the curtain on the music industry's systemic sexism, such programs are doing proactive, affirmative work to turn music into a force that empowers women. It may be cute to see little kids ham it up on stage, but what they're getting out of the experience is important on both a personal and a societal level. In Madison, Girls Rock Camp involves a number of local musicians as instructors, and participants perform at venues including the High Noon Saloon. Courtney and Danis follow the experiences of the participants, who range in age from 8 to 18, and put it in the broader context of the need to transform the boys' club. The film gets its local premiere at this screening. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: November 15
Spotlight Cinema: White Sun
Later Event: November 16
Bad Cinema: Eliminators (free)