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.
Yes. It's a risky thing, to start a Kickstarter so we set our goal at 44K, a goal that I believed was realistic. You all made that happen in 8 days! It is the bare, bare bones of what we need to get to the end of a 16 week edit & to have a picture lock. So with just under 3 weeks to go, we would love to see this project 200% funded or 300% funded. Just to give you an idea, the rest of the post production budget is about 75K more. This includes all the color corrections, sound mixing and correction, titling & after effects people. That 75k is also bare bones with people being really generous with their time and labor. The production quality of this film is high, I was very clear from the beginning about my vision for that quality. I wanted to make something that looked like Kathleen's art, and had as much thought put into it as her work has. This film is a document of a important artist in THIS time OUR time, the quality of the film is of the highest importance to me, as it is to a lot of other people.
There are of course more details but they are boring and involve the debt of we are already in. I'll just say that you can not support this project enough, but what you have already done is incredible and we are amazed.
The power of people, you are making some serious noise around what YOU want to see. Almost 900 people have pledged and 8,000 people have "liked" our Kickstarter video. I know there are more than 900 people that want to see this film get made. We will take ALL the help we can get.
Amazing people who have worked on the film!
Gwen Bialic, Alexis Fish, Alan Oxman, Andrea Sperling, Bo Mehrad, Sini Anderson, Kathleen Hanna, Jen Kennedy, Moira Morel, Jennie Jeddry, Natalie Newman, Doris Yuan, Lisa Whitmer, Sarah Faith, Jovan Sage, Melissa Febos, Michal Blum, Rachel Thieme, Lissi Erwin, Lisa Brundage, Whitney S., Olivia Linsey Alminiana, Kate Wadkins, Erica Saunders, Lisa Darms, Brent Phillips, Caroline Partamian, Lizza M Dauenhauer-Pendley, Amanda Doss, Jeanne Gillian, Rebecca Keith, Michal Elan, Amy Chin, Beth Flatley, Brian Jensen, Cas Holman, Shoham Arad, Cristina Gonzalez, James Stein, Jen Bubka, Samantha Young, Beth O'Brien, Shane Sigler, Eleanor Burke, Liz Rubin, Tracy Morgan, Christy Pessagno, Alesia Exum, Katrina Del Mar, Colleen Quinn, Katie Brewer Ball, Stephanie Kinna, Zari Esaian, Sarah Rae Garrett, Tom Tobin, Jack Carroll, Aleix Martinez, Vicki Starr, Melanie Renecker, Rubes Harman, Andrew Richter, Sylvia Crecia, Chris Diaz, Dean Hanson, Zach Jaeger, Shay Vishawadia, Pam Garber, Kristen North, Nigel Solomon, Brett Randolph, Sari Kapel, Joe Robinson, Andre Ali, Marcin Polaniec, Bryan Hamilton
Here are just some of the people we interviewed.
Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, Johanna Fateman, Adam (Ad-Rock) Horovitz, Kathi Wilcox, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, Allison Wolfe, JD Samson, Thurston Moore, Tavi Gevinson, Kaia Wilson, Lynnee Breedlove, Sara Marcus, ,JD Samson, Tammy Rae Carland, Becca Albee, Jennifer Baumgardner, Shaun Sure-Thing, Anna Joy Springer, Jen Smith, Samual Topiary, Dr. Galland, & Christina Black
At The Knitting Factory in Dec 2010 Rebecca Keith curated an awesome tribute show called Rah Rah Replica! Here are some of the people we filmed that night.
Amazing hosts of the night were Neal Medlyn & Murray Hill.
Alison Clancy, Anna Copa Cabanna, Toy Sugar, Bridget Everett, Care Bears on Fire, Dan Fishback, Christy & Emily, The Fancy, Love Tribe, Making Friendz boys, MEN, Mindtroll, The Roulettes, Schwervon!, She Murders, , Lauryn Seigel
The Julie Ruin closed the show and brought down the house!