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The Punk Singer (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 10 March 2013 (USA)
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

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Tammy Rae Carland ...
Herself
Kathryn Wilcox ...
Herself (as Kathi Wilcox)
Tobi Vail ...
Herself
Billy Karren ...
Himself (archive footage)
Becca Albee ...
Herself
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Herself
Allison Wolfe ...
Herself (as Allison C. Wolfe)
Ann Powers ...
Herself, music critic
Lynn Breedlove ...
Herself (as Lynnee Breedlove)
Sara Marcus ...
Herself, author of 'Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution'
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Herself
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Herself
Jennifer Baumgardner ...
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

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$24,729, 1 December 2013, Limited Release

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$121,418, 10 January 2014
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Kathleen Hanna: I don't give a shit what people think. I know what's real, I don't care if people don't think feminism is important, because I know it is. And I don't care if people don't think late stage Lyme disease exists, because I have it, and other people have it. And we help each other, and we know it exists. And other people can think what they want. My problem is when people get in the way of feminism. Or people get in the way of people who are sick, getting better, because they don't ...
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My Morning is Summer
Written by Kathleen Hanna
Performed by Kathleen Hanna
[From the album "Julie Ruin"]
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Inspiring, funny, sad - a great introduction to a powerfully subversive artist
19 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

One of the many good things documentaries can do is make you aware of a person, a movement, a moment that you somehow overlooked, and help you realize just how important and how wonderful that person (or art form or whatever) was and/or is.

So it was for me with "The Punk Singer". Not growing up a big punk fan, I missed out on Kathleen Hanna and Bikini Kill, and the Riot Grrrl movement. My loss. This angry, joyful, tough, articulate, crazy, sexy, insightful, funny, political artist was a major force in feminism and social politics, and if I came late to the party I'm grateful to the film for making the introduction now.

The film can be uneven – some (not all) of the talking head interviews with others aren't very interesting - when compared to the performance footage of Hannah, or her ability to analyze her work and it's meaning in her own interviews – but I ended up inspired by the woman and the artist, and inspiration these days is in short supply.


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