'Punk Singer': Screenings set for Kathleen Hanna flick
05:00 AM, Oct 21, 2013
I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve been excited about The Punk Singer for years.
Back in 2011 director Sini Anderson created a Kickstarter project for her documentary about the talented and iconic Kathleen Hanna. She wanted to profile the Bikini Kill/Le Tigre musician, activist and Riot Grrrl founder, and she had the cooperation of Hanna herself. Not surprisingly, Anderson raised the money she needed.
Fast-forward to March 2013, when The Punk Singer premiered at South by Southwest to positive reviews. It came to light that the singer had been diagnosed with Lyme disease and was ill for several years. Offering their support and perspectives in the film are her husband, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz; singer Joan Jett; friend and bandmate Kathi Wilcox; Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker from Sleater-Kinney and many others.
“Singing is my life, and I have to do it, or I’m going to go totally bananas,” Hanna confesses in one particularly emotional scene. About her Le Tigre days, she notes this:
We didn’t give a s–. We weren’t making money, we knew we were never going to make money, and it was really important that we made our music. We were on a mission. We were going to do what we did, whether we got attention or not.
I find Hanna so inspirational and intelligent and always enjoy interviews with her. (If you haven’t seen the 2011 Le Tigre doc Who Took the Bomp?, I highly recommend it!)
I can’t wait to see this movie and will certainly share my thoughts after I do!