Vista Theater - 4473 Sunset Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027


IFFBoston Special Jury Prize
SIFF Films For Families Award
SIFF Audience Award Best Doc
Inside Out Audience Award Best Doc
Inside Out Audience Award Best Doc

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Upcoming Film Festivals & Screenings

Oahu & Kauai, HI

Hawai‘i International Film Festival

November 13, 17 & 24

Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Colorado Springs, CO

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival

November 15-17

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Premiere

December 8

Vista Theater
4473 Sunset Dr. in Los Feliz

Filmmakers Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Katie Flint and Grace Lee and several Radical Monarchs will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

The Harnish Foundation is sponsoring the screening at the Vista Theater, so all proceeds from ticket sales will go supporting the work of The Radical Monarchs!

Past Film Festivals & Screenings

Austin, TX

South by Southwest - SXSW

March 10 - 13, 2019

We premiered at the 2019 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX

South by Southwest - SXSW
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Film Festival

April 13, 2019

San Francisco Film Festival
Boston, MA

Independent Film Festival Boston

April 27, 2019

We're proud to announce we won the Special Jury Prize. Thank you, IFF Boston!

Independent Film Festival Boston
Bentonville, AR

Bentonville Film Festival

May 8 & 9, 2019

Bentonville Film Festival
Toronto, ON

Inside Out LGBT Film Festival Toronto

May 30, 2019

We won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Thank you Inside Out!

Inside Out LGBT Film Festival Toronto
Dallas, TX

Oak Cliff Film Festival

June 8, 2019

Oak Cliff Film Festival Dallas
Seattle, WA

Seattle Int'l Film Festival

June 15, 2019

So happy to announce that we were the recipients of both the Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Documentary, and also the Films4Families Jury Award.

Seattle Int'l Film Festival
Washington DC

AFI Docs Festival

June 20 & 21, 2019

AFI Docs Festival Washington DC
Nantucket, MA

Nantucket Film Festival

June 22 & 23, 2019

Nantucket Film Festival
San Francisco, CA

Int'l LGBTQ+ Film Festival

June 24, 2019

Frameline43: San Francisco Int'l LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Traverse City, MI

Traverse City Film Festival

July 30 - August 4, 2019

Traverse City Film Festival
Winchester, VA

Lost Weekend XII
Film Festival

September 21, 2019

Lost Weekend XII<br>Film Festival
Washington DC

March on Washington
Film Festival

September 26, 2019

March on Washington Film Festival
Albuquerque, NM

Way Out West
Film Festival

October 13, 2019

Way Out West Film Festival
Montclair, NJ

Montclair Doc Series

October 18, 2019

Montclair Doc Series 2019
Kitchener, ON

Rainbow Reels
Film Festival

October 19, 2019

Rainbow Reels Film Festival
Charlottesville, VA

Film Festival

October 24, 2019

Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton will be there for a Q&A after the screening.

Virginia Film Festival
Milwaukee, WI

Film Festival

October 26, 27 & 30, 2019

Filmmakers Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Katie Flint, plus Radical Monarch Nevea Kelly will be there for a Q&A after the screenings on Oct. 26 & 27.

Milwaukee Film Festival 2019
Ottowa, ON

InsideOut Ottowa

October 26, 2019

We're proud to announce that we won the Audience Award for Best Feature. Thank you, InsideOut!

InsideOut Ottowa Winner 2019
Wichita, KS


October 26, 2019

MamaFilm Wichita, KS
Austin, TX

Reel Women in Film
Bullock Museum

November 2, 2019

Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton was on Skype for a Q&A after the screening.

Reel Women in Film
Minneapolis, MN

Cine Latino
MSP Film Fest

November 2, 2019

Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton was there for a Q&A after the screening.

Boston, MA

Bright Lights Film Series @ Emerson

November 7, 2019

Bright Lights Film Series
New York, NY

Film Festival

November 9, 2019


A group of tween girls chant into megaphones, marching in the San Francisco TransMarch. Holding clenched fists high, they wear brown berets and vests showcasing colorful badges like “Black Lives Matter” and “Radical Beauty.” Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice.

Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of social justice movements, WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS documents the Radical Monarchs - an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of color, aged 8-13. Its members earn badges for completing units on social justice including being an LGBTQ ally, the environment, and disability justice. The group was started by two, fierce, queer women of color, Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest as a way to address and center her daughter's experience as a young brown girl. Their work is anchored in the belief that adolescent girls of color need dedicated spaces and that the foundation for this innovative work must also be rooted in fierce inter-dependent sisterhood, self-love, and hope.

Our film follows the first troop of Radical Monarchs for over three years, until they graduate, and documents the Co-Founders struggle to respond to the needs of communities across the US and grow the organization after the viral explosion of interest in the troop’s mission to create and inspire a new generation of social justice activists.

We are currently in production on the feature-length documentary.

Help bring We Are The Radical Monarchs to the screen


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The Filmmakers:

Linda Goldstein Knowlton (Producer/Director)

Linda Goldstein KnowltonLinda Goldstein Knowlton is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, working in documentary and scripted feature films, as well as television.  In 2016, she Executive Produced the documentary DREAM,GIRL, which premiered at The White House.  The film showcases the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs. Goldstein Knowlton directed and produced one of the six, Emmy-nominated documentaries for the PBS MAKERS: Women Who Make America series.  The film, WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD, aired in October, 2014 and includes interviews with Jane Fonda, Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Ava Duvernay, Glenn Close, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Alfre Woodard, Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson, among many other notable women. Prior to that, she produced CODE BLACK, Best Documentary winner at LA Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival, and the basis for the CBS one-hour drama of the same name. Previously she directed and produced SOMEWHERE BETWEEN, which won the Sundance Channel Audience Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival, and was released theatrically in over 80 cities across the US. For her directorial debut, she co-directed THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET, which debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in competition and aired nationally on PBS. Linda started her career producing feature films, including the award-winning WHALE RIDER and THE SHIPPING NEWS. 

Katie Flint (Producer/Editor)

Katie FlintKatie Flint got her start in documentary film by working with the award winning editor Kate Amend on THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. More recently she co-edited Dawn Porter's TRAPPED which premiered at Sundance in 2016 and won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. Other credits include Linda Goldstein Knowlton's, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN, N.C. Heikin's SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY, Jonathan Demme’s, JIMMY CARTER: MAN FROM PLAINS, Michéle Ohayon’s, STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, PBS' MAKERS: WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD and Daryl Hannah's DHLOVELIFE webseries. She lives in Petaluma, California with her husband Ben, her son Elliot and a fat cat named Cactapuss.


Grace Lee (Executive Producer)

Grace LeeGrace Lee is an independent producer & director and writer working in both narrative and non-fiction film. She directed the 2014 Peabody Award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, which The Hollywood Reporter called ”an entertainingly revealing portrait of the power of a single individual to effect change.” The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won its first of six audience awards before its broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV. Her previous documentary THE GRACE LEE PROJECT won multiple awards, broadcast on the Sundance Channel and was called “ridiculously entertaining” by New York Magazine and “ a funny but complex meditation on identity and cultural expectation,” by Variety. 

Other feature directing credits include JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, set during the 2012 presidential campaign, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival as well as AMERICAN ZOMBIE, a personal horror film, which premiered at Slamdance.  In 2014 and 2015, she produced and directed two documentaries for PBS: MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA. She was a 2016 Women at Sundance fellow.

Arielle Amsalem (Editor)

Arielle AmsalemArielle Amsalem is an Emmy Award winning editor of feature length documentary films.  Arielle started her career working alongside acclaimed editor Sam Pollard on Spike Lee’s award winning documentary “When the Levees Broke” (2006), a film about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  She has since been the editor of many feature documentaries including the Edward Norton produced HBO documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (2009) for which she won the Primetime Emmy for Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming, The Education of Dee Dee Ricks (HBO, 2011) , Comedy Warriors (Showtime, 2013) and the PBS documentary mini-series “Coming Back with Wes Moore” (2014).  Recently she spent some time immersed in the world of Vice editing and producing the investigative documentary series Weediquette for Viceland.

Gingger Shankar  (composer)

Gingger ShankarGingger Shankar is a singer, violinist and composer, and was born into one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential musical families. Her accomplishments include working with top producers and film composers including Mel Gibson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Trent Reznor, Mike Nichols, Mike Myers, and James Newton Howard.  In 2011 she was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 New Faces to Watch’, as well as becoming a member of the Advisory Board for the Sundance Film Festival. Gingger composed music for the critically acclaimed 2011 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award Winner ‘Circumstance’ directed by Maryam Keshavarz. In addition to being the artist and co-composer behind the poignant score of Mel Gibson’s blockbuster “Passion of the Christ”, Gingger’s music can be heard in Mike Nichol’s film, “Charlie Wilson’s War”. 

Her multimedia project 'Himalaya Song' (focusing on Climate Change in the Himalayas) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was named one of the '10 Best Music Films at Sundance 2012' by Rolling Stone. She guested on the new Katy Perry album ‘Prism’. Her most recent projects include ‘Heartbeats’ directed by Duane Adler with Jay-Z and Roc Nation, and Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘We Will Rise’ for the First Lady’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ Initiative which was the highest rated film ever to air on CNN. ‘We Will Rise’ was premiered at the White House on the International Day of the Girl.

Her most personal project to date is ‘Nari’, which she debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It follows the untold story of Lakshmi and Viji Shankar (her mother and grandmother) as they brought Indian music to the West with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. It is an ode to her family’s legacy and the role of women in Indian society and beyond.



Tribeca Film Institute
BERTHA Foundation
AOL Charitable Foundation
The Harnisch Foundation