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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. | Add synopsis »
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Much-needed documentary...not only about Kathleen Hanna, but of the indie-punk music scene in the early '90s See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)

Kathleen Hanna ... Herself
Tammy Rae Carland ... Herself
Kathryn Wilcox ... Herself (as Kathi Wilcox)
Tobi Vail ... Herself
Billy Karren ... Himself (archive footage)
Becca Albee ... Herself
Corin Tucker ... 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'

Carrie Brownstein ... Herself

Joan Jett ... Herself

Kim Gordon ... Herself
Jennifer Baumgardner ... Herself
Rebecca Walken ... Herself
Anna Joy Springer ... Herself

Adam Horovitz ... Himself

Tamra Davis ... Herself

Gloria Steinem ... Herself (archive footage)

Tavi Gevinson ... Herself
Johanna Fateman ... Herself
Jocelyn Samson ... Herself (as JD Samson)
Leo Galland ... Himself, Dr., internist director, Foundation for Integrated Medicine

Directed by
Sini Anderson 
Produced by
Sini Anderson .... producer
Gwen Bialic .... producer
Hilary Crowe .... associate producer
Tamra Davis .... producer
Rachel Dengiz .... producer
Erin Owens .... producer
Alan Oxman .... producer
Lisa Whitmer .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jennie Jeddry 
Moira Morel 
Film Editing by
Jessica Hernández 
Bo Mehrad 
Sound Department
Quentin Chiappetta .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Lindsay Brice .... still photographer
Josh Polon .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Aaron Aites .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Melanie C. Brown .... additional editor: The Edit Center (as Melani C. Brown)
James Chellingworth .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Joy Dietrich .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Debora Giammarco .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Dimon Hunter .... associate editor
Dana Kasser .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Rebecca Laks .... assistant editor
Lauren Lascher .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Collin MacGregor .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Michael Parker .... assistant editor
Joey Severini .... additional editor
Joey Severini .... assistant editor
Daria Sommers .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Rachel McKay Steele .... additional editor: The Edit Center (as Rachel Steele)
Other crew
Samantha Muilenburg .... research assistant
Jen Schwartz .... legal assistant
Lisa Whitmer .... media manager
Liam Dunlop .... thanks
Penelope Falk .... thanks
Amy Foote .... thanks
Mollie Goldstein .... thanks
Betsy Kagen .... thanks
Jennifer Kennedy .... thanks (as Jen and Jen)
Rachel Mills .... thanks
Ryan Murphy .... special thanks
Tiffany Peckosh .... thanks
Jen Schwartz .... thanks (as Jen and Jen)
Aaron Yanes .... thanks

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81 min
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Kathleen Hanna:I just think there's this certain assumption that when a man tells the truth, it's the truth. And when, as a woman, I go to tell the truth, I feel like I have to negotiate the way I'll be perceived. Like I feel like there's always the suspicion around a woman's truth. The idea that you're exaggerating.See more »
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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Much-needed documentary...not only about Kathleen Hanna, but of the indie-punk music scene in the early '90s, 12 January 2015
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Excellent documentary from director Sini Anderson on Bikini Kill/Le Tigre front woman Kathleen Hanna, who dropped out of the music biz in 2005 after contracting late-stage Lyme disease (but who kept her disappearance mysterious, hardly disclosing her illness to anyone). A rage-filled college girl from Olympia, Washington, Hanna was a rabid feminist with a troubled childhood whose jagged fanzine art and spoken word rants eclipsed into musical genius with her first band, Bikini Kill. Although not for the faint-of-heart, Bikini Kill (three females, one male) were instrumental in leading the Riot Grrrl movement of the early 1990s. Testimonials from Hanna's peers (including members of Bratmobile and Sleater-Kinney, Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth and Joan Jett, who produced Bikini Kill's most proficient EP) help fill in some of the personality gaps, yet when Anderson just allows Hanna to speak--and when the musician opens up, she's quite candid--the results are fascinating, most especially for fans. Also interesting: the potentially-explosive paradox of a young, hardcore feminist who finds true love (and eventually marriage) with a male kindred spirit, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys. *** from ****

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