Director: Ethan Minsker
Ethan Minsker's documentary investigates the ideas, attitudes and goals of women in the New York underground music scene. 15 bands, mostly unsigned acts with colourful names like Tribe 8, Vitapup and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, are filmed going through their paces - everything from rehearsals, club dates with a handful of people in attendance, and the fullblown mini-concert spectacle. A variety of alternative styles from punk to pop and back again, with a detour through poetry, are explored.
Despite the burgeoning success of women within the scene, they are still too often dismissed and marginalised as militantly feminist or cute and entertaining. Most are lumped together as 'girl groups', regardless of style, talent or musical content.
The use of abundant live footage from small nightclubs enhances the film's raw, intimate ambience. Those involved In other facets of the scene, such as fans, writers, promoters and activists, are also given a voice. Minsker's confident production allows women to depict their own lives through their actions, words and art. Issues of artistic integrity run up against gender exploitation, ensuring that the film's interest carries well beyond its own milieu. If that isn't enough, standby for an onslaught of cutting edge, passionately delivered rock'n'roll.
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