Grrrl Gaze Film School is an after-school program for grrrls and non-binary teens interested in using the power of filmmaking to smash the patriarchy!


We will explore the cultural context of womxn’s contributions to the film industry, as well as learn hands-on production techniques. Each grrrl will write and direct their own narrative short, as well as “crew” on a final collaborative film that grrrls write and produce together. a/perture cinema’s girls + screen program is partnering with Grrrl Gaze Film School in fall of 2021!

Grrrl Gaze participants meet one Monday (5:30-7:30pm) and one Saturday (10am-12:30pm) a month from December until May, plus an additional weekend for shooting final films. Mondays are classes, Saturdays are feature film screenings.

girls + screen participants must adhere to our current COVID entry policy. Up to date requirements can be found by clicking here.

GRRRL GAZE Film School was founded by Alex Avril Klein who will be leading the pilot program at a/perture this year. Alex Avril Klein began her career working in film festivals before earning her MFA in Creative Producing at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has worked on several feature films such as the Sundance Lab film One&Two, by Andrew Droz Palermo, and Girl in the Show, a documentary by Anna Fields. She now focuses her efforts on making content featuring diverse viewpoints and supporting women and BIPOC led projects. She is currently producing two documentaries:  Unlearn: The Consequences of Racism and Journey to Salem. Alex recently began work on Grrrl Gaze, a mission-driven organization and digital platform that empowers girls and women to assume leadership roles in the film industry, and to boldly speak their truths.

Class 1 – Introduction & Forming a Production Company

Class 2 – Screenwriting

Class 3 – Directing & Shot Composition

Class 4 – Lights, Camera Action!

Class 5 – Shoot for the Edit

Class 6 – Final Production Prep

please email with any questions

Check out the 2018 G+S produced film Common Grounds