'Tween Spirit

Ten-year-old 'tweens seem to leap and claw their way through life. Too old for the Build-A-Bears they dress up and cling to, yet not old enough to rightly embrace their spew of undecipherable longings, they're members of a truly lost sub-generation, caught in limbo between being "cute" and being "hot." Some end up adoring Hannah Montana or succumbing to the call of a Rihanna 'do; others simply free-fall through space until they've crossed over the milestone of puberty. And it's completely different for boys their age, who couldn't care less that the only real place to shop for clothes anymore is Target or Limited Too.

If only all those young girls had the chance to find their voices in a place like the Portland-based Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. Four of the lucky ones — a Korean adoptee and death-metal head, a former teen meth addict, an eight-year-old who writes songs about her dog, and an even younger seven-year-old rebel — carry the plot of Girls Rock!, a new documentary about the camp by Bay Area filmmakers Arne Johnson and Shane King. Johnson will be at Neighborhood Flix, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, this weekend for a screening (7 p.m. tonight) and seminar (10 to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow) sponsored by the Documentary Cinema Institute; film admission is $10, and the seminar fee is $15, with discounts for DCI members. For tickets, go to www.flixonthefax.com or call 303-777-FLIX.
Fri., April 18, 7:15 p.m.; Sat., April 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2008

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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