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The Punk Singer is a feature length documentary about Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill, Julie Ruin, Le Tigre; punk feminist.
The Punk Singer is a feature length documentary about Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill, Julie Ruin, Le Tigre; punk feminist.
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The first question that the mention of a documentary about Kathleen Hanna prompts is usually, Why hasn’t one already been made?  Credited as a founder of the third wave of feminism and Riot Grrrl – Hanna has been a seminal radical activist, musician, and cultural icon for over twenty years. She’s also been a lightening rod for controversy, and a famously private person. Five years ago, she disappeared from the public eye, and is only now re-emerging. The Punk Singer combines twenty years of archival footage and an intimate look at four consecutive seasons of Hanna’s present life, to tell the story of what happened, and who she is now.  

In a feat nothing short of miraculous, we have managed to complete shooting for The Punk Singer with almost no significant funding.  Using all of my personal savings, the pro bono work of an immensely talented crew of people, and a lot of magic, we now have a bounty of stunning footage and are ready to enter the editing phase.  Unfortunately, the buck stops here. Or rather, the zero bucks stop us here. 

Our editor, Bo Mehrad, has already been working on the project for the last few months: organizing the footage, preparing the archival materials, and cutting together short sequences. On Sept 13th, I handed him the final interviews for The Punk Singer.

We have managed to land a 16-week allowance of time at a post-production facility, but the clock is ticking. Unlike the production phase, where we made a beautiful film with mostly magic instead of money, we cannot squeak by without at least part of our budget in the editing process. So here we are, trying to raise the bare-bones editing budget on Kickstarter.

If by chance we should exceed that minimum editing budget? We will put the money into color correction, sound mixing, and paying down our debts. Just to give you an idea: we shot this filmed having raised only 3% of our overall budget. That’s not a typo: 3%.  That money was immediately spent on equipment. Every single person attached to this film has worked for FREE to get us where we are now.  The fact that we have been able to finish shooting this film only having raised 3% of the total production budget is a resounding testament to everyone's energy and dedication to the project. I know there are huge numbers of people out there who believe as strongly as we do that this film should be made. Now, we really need your help.

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    For Punks: The Punk Singer would like to list you as a supporter of the underground filmmaking process & thank you on our website
    + A Punk Singer postcard signed by the director

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    Punk Sneak Peek: The Punk Singer would like to list you as a supporter of the underground filmmaking process & thank you on our website
    + the official poster for The Punk Singer, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + Access to the first 5 minutes of the finished film, and behind-the-scenes footage of The Punk Singer via digital download

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    Punked Out: The Punk Singer would like to list you as a supporter of the underground filmmaking process & thank you on our website
    + the official poster for The Punk Singer, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + Access to the first 5 minutes of the finished film, and behind-the-scenes footage of The Punk Singer via digital download
    + A copy of one of Kathleen’s zines from the 90’s, YOUR CHOICE
    + Your name in the on screen thank yous

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    The Punk Pass: The Punk Singer would like to list you as a supporter of the underground filmmaking process & thank you on our website
    + the official poster for The Punk Singer, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + Access to the first 5 minutes of the finished film, and behind-the-scenes footage of The Punk Singer via digital download
    + A copy of one of Kathleen’s zines from the 90’s, YOUR CHOICE
    + Your name in the on screen thank yous
    + A copy of the film when it’s available, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + 2 Tickets to the screening & after-party if we screen in your city
    (*Note: Canada, please add in $5 for shipping; International, please add $10)

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    The Punk Pass: The Punk Singer would like to list you as a supporter of the underground filmmaking process & thank you on our website + the official poster for The Punk Singer, signed by Kathleen Hanna + Access to the first 5 minutes of the finished film, and behind-the-scenes footage of The Punk Singer via digital download + A copy of one of Kathleen’s zines from the 90’s, YOUR CHOICE + Your name in the on screen thank yous + A copy of the film when it’s available, signed by Kathleen Hanna (*Note: Canada, please add in $5 for shipping; International, please add $10)

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    PUNK ART collector: The Punk Singer would like to list you as a supporter of the underground filmmaking process & thank you on our website + the official poster for The Punk Singer, signed by Kathleen Hanna + Access to the first 5 minutes of the finished film, and behind-the-scenes footage of The Punk Singer via digital download+ your name on the on screen thank your + A print of a production still signed by photographer and Kathleen. Size and photo choices available, limited run photographs.

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    Punker Plus One:
    The Punk Singer would like to list you as a supporter of the underground filmmaking process & thank you on our website
    + the official poster for The Punk Singer, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + Access to the first 5 minutes of the finished film, and behind-the-scenes footage of The Punk Singer via digital download
    + A copy of one of Kathleen’s zines from the 90’s, YOUR CHOICE
    + Your name in the on screen thank yous
    + A copy of the film when it’s available, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + 2 Tickets to a private screening in NYC (Location TBD)
    (*Note: Canada, please add in $5 for shipping; International, please add $10)

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    Premiere Punk Package:
    The Punk Singer would like to list you as a supporter of the underground filmmaking process & thank you on our website
    + the official poster for The Punk Singer, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + Access to the first 5 minutes of the finished film, and behind-the-scenes footage of The Punk Singer via digital download
    + A copy of one of Kathleen’s zines from the 90’s, YOUR CHOICE
    + Your name in the on screen thank yous
    + A copy of the film when it’s available, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + 2 tickets to the premiere in NYC with after-party (Kathleen Hanna and Sini Anderson will be in attendance)
    (*Note: Canada, please add in $5 for shipping; International, please add $10)

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    All of the above + A scooter ride by the director to the NYC screening and then the after party. Don't worry, I'm a good driver.

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    Total Kathleen Hanna Collection:
    The Punk Singer would like to list you as a supporter of the underground filmmaking process & thank you on our website
    + the official poster for The Punk Singer, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + Access to the first 5 minutes of the finished film, and behind-the-scenes footage of The Punk Singer via digital download
    + Your name in the on screen thank yous
    + A copy of the film when it’s available, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + Total Kathleen Hanna Collection (all signed by Kathleen Hanna):

    Bikini Kill #1 Zine, Bikini Kill #2 Zine, Evan Dando Zine. April Fool's Day Zine, Dear Daddy Zine. Kathleen Hanna Official Newsletter Zine, The Most Beautiful Girl in a Dead Girl Zine,
    Fuck Me Blind Zine

    MUSIC
    Bikini Kill
    Pussy Whipped LP (Kill Rock Stars, 1993)
    The C.D. Version of the First Two Records (Kill Rock Stars, 1994)
    Reject All American LP on Kill Rock Stars (Kill Rock Stars, 1996)
    Le Tigre
    Feminist Sw@@pstakes (Mr. Lady, 2001)
    From the Desk of Mr. Lady, EP (Mr. Lady, 2001)
    Le Tigre (Mr. Lady, 1999)

    Julie Ruin:
    Julie Ruin (Kill Rock Stars, 1998)
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    ALSO 2 TICKETS TO THE NYC PREMIERE & AFTER PARTY

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    Punk Aesthetic: Did you know that Kathleen Hanna is WAY into interior design? Well, she is and she's really good at it. For this pledge Kathleen Hanna will redesign any room in your home! If you live outside of New York City, this can be done online.

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    A Punk Rock Producer: The Punk Singer would like to list you as a supporter of the underground filmmaking process & thank you on our website
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    + Your name in the on screen thank yous
    + A copy of the film when it’s available, signed by Kathleen Hanna
    + Associate Producer Credit on screen

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