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The Punk Singer


Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision presented by Women in Film/Seattle

USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Sini Anderson

Feminism, punk music, and rare archival footage slam together in this blazing history of riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), featuring interviews including Joan Jett and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz.

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"That girl she holds her head up so high, I think I wanna be her best friend, yeah." So go the lyrics to Bikini Kill's punk rock "Rebel Girl." In 1990s Olympia, Washington, feminist activist Kathleen Hanna was the very girl she sang about-headstrong, seemingly self-confident, and a natural leader. A spoken word poet turned musician, she spearheaded the so-called "Riot grrrl" movement, igniting a revolution with feminist politics and DIY 'zines that confronted sexism in the media representation of women. But Hanna, the famously outspoken icon that many looked to as a voice of third wave feminism stopped performing in 2005. Six years later she was diagnosed with an advanced case of Lyme disease. In this feature-length directorial debut from Sini Anderson (co-founder and Artistic Director of Sister Spit) creates a biographical documentary using 20 years of archival footage. Interviews with Hanna, Le Tigre's Johanna Fateman and JD Samson, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, Hanna's husband (and Beastie Boy) Adam Horowitz, among others, bring an intimacy to the film and to this vital, influential artist. As Hanna tells the camera, "I lied when I said I was done. I knew I wasn't done. Singing's my life, and I have to do it or I'm gonna go totally bananas," proving she's still the rebel girl who's the queen of our hearts.

Director Biography
Sini Andderson has worked in film for over ten years as a producer, first assistant director, and creative consultant. She has directed short form pieces such as Jolie Holland’s “All The Girls” music video and Melissa Febos’s experimental book/video short Whip Smart. The Punk Singer is Anderson’s first feature-length documentary.

Sponsored in part by Babeland, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, KCTS 9 Reel NW, National Endowment for the Arts, KEXP 90.3 FM, EMP Museum

Director: Sini Anderson
Principal Cast: Kathleen Hanna, Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox, Johanna Fateman, Kim Gordon, Adam Horovitz, Carrie Brownstein, JD Samson, Corin Tucker, Allison Wolfe, Joan Jett
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 80 minutes
Producer: Tamra Davis, Gwen Bialic, Rachel Dengiz, Erin Owens, Alan Oxman
Cinematographers: Jennie Jeddry, Moira Morel
Editors: Bo Mehrad, Jessica Hernandez
Music: Kathleen Hanna
Website: http://www.thepunksinger.com/
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: HDCAM
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