A film by Kara Herold

2000 | 18 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 01733


An 18 minute explosion of fringe feminism and print media, The GRRLYSHOW is a powerful and rebellious message from new voices often left unheard. Filmmaker Kara Herold examines the girly Zine revolution and culture in such a way that the film intellectually and stylistically addresses anyone's question concerning whether or not feminism has reached it's 3rd wave: the postmodern. By interweaving head-shot interviews, clips from the zines and 1950's television-esque vignettes, Herold clearly illustrates feminism's ability to exist subversively within a system that generally doesn't give women their own voice . The GRRLYSHOW successfully brings to the surface alternative voices and projects that are vital to the continuation and expansion of feminism. An excellent film for mass communication, women's studies and pop culture courses.

"A perky peek at the alternative media community where self-publishing gals are doin' it for themselves. Aware, irreverent, entertaining, even brilliant, these zine creators relish the irony that to speak in one's unique unfettered voice is to touch others more powerfully than with the traditional blanded-down mainstream mag approach. Viva the grrly zines!" Al Hoff, Pittsburgh City Paper & Creator, Thrift Score zine


"Gleefully explores the culture of zines and their role in shaping female identity in the twenty-first century."

Mill Valley Film Festival

"A timely spirited look at a new generation of diverse young women taking control of a corner of the media pie by self publishing their own magazines. Inspired by the zines themselves, Kara's film is irreverent, analytical and fun.”

Pat Ferrero San Francisco State University

“'Grrlyshow' is an intelligent, honest and rare look at the women behind the alternative girl pop culture scene. It will surely stimulate discussion among diverse audiences -- especially among women and teenage girls -- and leave one inspired and empowered to challenge and re-examine one's relationship to the status quo."

Anita Chang Filmmaker

"A lively, witty concoction of cornball footage, ironic reenactments and insider interviews that captures the wicked humor and lively diversity of the girl zine world."

Bill Nichols Department of Cinema, San Francisco State University


  • Chicago Underground Film Festival
  • Film Arts Foundation Film Festival
  • Ladyfest Midwest
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Northern California Ind. Film & Video Festival, Best Documentary Finalist
  • Ohio Independent Film Festival
  • Sacramento Film and Video Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • WYBE Through the Lens Series
  • Young Adult Library Services Association - Selected Video for Young Adults


Kara Herold

Kara Herold is a filmmaker whose carefully crafted works examine the intersection of feminism and pop culture with wit and visual flair. She has written, directed and produced everything from short animations to award winning documentaries, and has collaborated extensively with other artists and writers, including Beth Lisick, Monica Nolan and Andi Zeisler.

Herold just finished producing and directing BACHELORETTE, 34, which takes a humorous look at society's obsession with marriage, through the lens of a mother-daughter relationship.

Herold's previous production, GRRLYSHOW, premiered at Sundance in 2001. The film told the story of the girl zine explosion, in which women from all walks of life began creating zines to provide themselves and others with an alternative to the homogeneity of mainstream media.

Herold's other productions include TIT CHAT and WOMEN FOR SALE. TIT CHAT, a collaboration with cartoonist Ariel Bordeaux, is a three minute animation about accepting one's body, whatever its size. It was a finalist at the Queer Short Movie Awards. WOMEN FOR SALE takes Beth Lisick's spoken-word account of a teenage models' career and sets it to a dazzling montage of exploitation footage from days gone by. The film recently won first place at the 23rd annual Cine-Poetry Film Festival sponsored by the National Poetry Association.

Herold was raised in the small desert town of Hemet, California by two teachers. She attended UCLA and received an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Herold credits a number of individuals who have influenced her development as an artist: Su Friedrich, who uses rigorous ritual structures to tell emotional personal stories; Jay Rosenblatt, who uses found footage to enhance the poetry of his films; and Martin Arnold, who re-choreographs traditional 1950s Hollywood family scenes into black comic nightmares. (8/14)


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