No Girls Allowed (2013 UPDATE)

The DVDs are here!

They've Arrived!

We have an official release date – Sales will begin at on February 15, 2013.

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No Girls Allowed is a 48 minute documentary about the 1983 gender integration of the nation’s second oldest public high school. Central High School in Philadelphia was an all-male public high school for over 145 years until a court-ordered mandate allowed girls to attend for the first time in its history.  If you’re new to my website, you can read about the film in my two posts, No Girls Allowed and No Girls Allowed (Update).

We wanted the film to be ready in time for Women’s History Month, and with that in mind, Central High School will be planning a student screening of No Girls Allowed in March.  We’re still working on setting up a public screening in Philadelphia, and if any of you are Central grads, or simply live in the Philadelphia area, and you’re interested in sponsoring a screening please contact us at nogirlsallowedfilm(at)gmail(dot)com (email address spelled out to prevent spam).

No Girls Allowed is a non-profit, educational film and all net proceeds will be going to the Nathaniel Kirkland Young Filmmakers Fund at Central High School.  Nate graduated from Central High School, class of 266, where he was producer of CTV (Central News Network), president of the audio/visual club, and was Jr. Prom King.  While attending Dickinson College as a second year English major, Nate accidentally drowned on a school trip to Guatemala to help repair hurricane-ravaged adobe classrooms.


We were privileged to meet and interview Nate in 2007 when we travelled to Central High School for filming No Girls Allowed.  A young filmmaker who made a number of documentaries and short films while at Central High and Dickinson, Nate wanted to become a professional writer and director.  In his memory, we established the Nathaniel Kirkland Young Filmmakers Fund for the encouragement and development of young filmmakers.

Films remain an important part of our cultural language.  They serve not only to entertain but they can also be powerful tools for achieving social justice.

“If films are to be instrumental in the process of change, they must be made not only about people directly implicated in change, but with and for those people as well.”

Thomas Waugh

What better people for change than young filmmakers?

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30 thoughts on “No Girls Allowed (2013 UPDATE)

  1. Good on ya, mate! Did you get my comment on your Very fine story on the Monterey Pine? Also, I know we’re all busy with our own stuff but have you looked at any LP blogs or subscribed? Next two weeks, no, 3-4, I’d love comments on–again, if time or interest.

    Talk soon and keep up the great work.



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  3. Congratulations, Darlene! Is a PBS showing on the horizon? In Oregon, they have a take-off of American Experience called Oregon Experience that often features documentaries made by local filmmakers. As your story has national appeal as well, I hope to see it reach a wider audience. Again, congrats!


    • That would be exciting, wouldn’t it? I’m taking it one step at a time, but that sure would be nice. I want as many people to see this as possible – It’s an important story and one that shouldn’t be forgotten.


  4. Very exciting project! I graduated Central before girls were allowed. Girls High was a half a block away and most boys wanted to attend Girls High, but for vastly different reasons than why girls wanted to attend Central. Best Wishes! Art


  5. For a while, I was a Philadelphia transplant, and all those years later, people were still talking about the integration of Central. I think it helped shape the Philadelphia as it is today just as much as Ben Franklin or William Penn.


    • I sure hope some of the women who are in the film stop by and read your comment. It wasn’t easy for the first girls to attend Central (there were twenty-two in total with well over a thousand boys), and I think it would make them feel good knowing they made a difference.


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