The teenage drama queens incarcerated at the Warrenville State Juvenile Justice Facility for Girls aren't exactly debutantes. With attitudes and worldviews cultivated in the ghetto, they're likely to be scarier than Freddy Krueger. "I cut her from her ear down to her neck, and I stabbed her in the back," says one young lady. Can these badass chicks really be redeemed through musical theater? Director Heather Ross aims to find out in her 2009 documentary, Girls on the Wall, profiling three teenage inmates as they prepare for their prison play's opening night. Tonight's screening is the film's L.A. premiere, and a discussion with director Ross follows. "Live acoustic prison music" sets the mood, starting at 7 p.m. in the courtyard.
Wed., Jan. 13, 8 p.m., 2010