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The Gits (2005)

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The story of the promising, underground Seattle band, The Gits. Fronted by charismatic vocalist, Mia Zapata, and poised to explode onto the national music scene, a stranger came in and took it all away. A decade later, the legacy lives on.


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Credited cast:
Valerie M. Agnew ...
Herself - Interviewee (as Valerie Agnew)
Scott Benson ...
Tim Bradshaw ...
Elizabeth F. Davis ...
Herself (archive footage) (as Elizabeth Davis)
Matt Dresdner ...
Richard Gagnon ...
Julian Gibson ...
Himself - Interviewee
Leah Gold ...
Eric Greenwalt ...
Herself - Interviewee
Gretta Harley ...
Herself - Interviewee
Herself - Interviewee
Andrew Kessler ...
Kenny Laguna ...
Himself - Interviewee
Ben London ...


The first time Matt Dresdner heard Mia Zapata sing, he knew she was destined to front the punk rock group he dreamt of forming. In the fall of 1986, at Ohio's Antioch College, Dresdner, Andrew Kessler, Steve Moriarty, and Zapata became The Gits. In 1989, they relocated to Seattle, WA, in search of a new life and a larger audience. The Gits quickly gained popularity in the Seattle music scene of the early 1990s, distinguishing themselves with their soulful street punk at a time when "grunge" was putting Seattle on the map. Characterized by powerful, driving music and Zapata's poetic lyrics, major record labels took notice. But just as The Gits were poised to explode onto the national music scene, an unfathomable tragedy struck. On July 7, 1993, Mia Zapata was raped and murdered in Seattle while walking home one night. Without warning, this promising band faced a horrific end and the fabric that built this tight knit music community began to unravel. In 2003, one year into filming "The ... Written by presskit

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The band. The music. The legacy. One tragic night changed it all.





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7 July 2008 (USA)  »

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When cameras started rolling, Mia's murder was still unsolved. By the time the documentary was finished, the case would be closed and footage shot for the film would be used in court. See more »


References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »


Social Love II
Written by Mia Zapata
Lyrics by Mia Zapata
Performed by The Gits
Published by Fishheadhotdog Burrito Music (ASCAP)
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powerful life, sad story
9 March 2007 | by (austin, tx) – See all my reviews

i got to see this at the sxsw film festival. it was both wonderful and sad to be introduced to the songs of the Gits and Mia Zapata considering the tragedy surrounding her story. this documentary communicates her passion and lack of artifice and it was great the realness with which everyone involved spoke about her, their lack of pretension, and how much she meant to them. it is good to know that the organization Home Alive was founded as a result of her random, violent death. the filmmaker has an obvious sense of purpose in communicating the life of this singer that many of us were not aware of while she was alive.

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