Friday, June 26

The Punk Singer - Kathleen Hanna (2013)

Wikipedia - "The Punk Singer is a 2013 documentary film directed by filmmaker Sini Anderson and produced by Anderson and Tamra Davis. The film is about feminist singer Kathleen Hanna who fronted the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, and who was a central figure in the riot grrrl movement. The title of the film is taken from Julie Ruin song 'The Punk Singer', from Hanna's 1998 solo effort. Using a combination of interviews and archival footage including live band performances, the film traces the life and career of Hanna from her troubled upbringing and her start in spoken word performance poetry, through her riot grrrl zines, her prominent punk and dance-punk bands, her coining of the phrase 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' for Kurt Cobain, her solo career as Julie Ruin, her feminist activism, her marriage to Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz, and ending with Hanna's 2010 diagnosis of late-stage Lyme disease and the severe treatments she endures to combat it. ..."
NPR: Silent For Years, A Riot Grrrl Steps Back To The Mic
Roger Ebert
YouTube: Documentary - THE PUNK SINGER - TRAILER, Bikini Kill, Girls to the Front, Kathleen Hanna is....The Punk Singer, a documentary