The Gits (2005)

 |  Documentary  |  7 July 2008 (USA)
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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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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 »


Written by 7 Year Bitch
Lyrics by Selene H. Vigil (as Selene Vigil)
Performed by 7 Year Bitch
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The Gits
30 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although ostensibly about The Gits, this documentary is really a tribute to the punk/grunge band's lead vocalist Mia Zapata who died at the hands of a sicko who snatched her off a Seattle street, beating, raping and strangling her at the age of 27.

It includes archive footage of the lady herself, and emotional tributes from band members and others who knew her, including especially her father, who twelve years later was still mourning the daughter who would almost certainly have gone on to achieve if not greatness then to cement her fame as one of the voices of her generation.

There is not too much focus on the crime itself, but it is nice to know that although it took over a decade, the man who snuffed out this young life so wantonly was finally brought to book.

Zapata's music will not be to everybody's taste, but there is no denying either her raw talent nor the love she inspired in all those who rubbed shoulders with her on Seattle's punk music scene.

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