The Punk Singer

Nominated at the SXSW Film Festival. 


The first question that the mention of a documentary about Kathleen Hanna prompts is usually, why hasn't one already been made? Few figures in contemporary American culture who have wielded as much influence as Hanna have escaped film portraiture. Credited as a founder of the third wave of feminism and the Riot Grrl political, musical, and art movement—Kathleen Hanna has been seminal radical activist, musician, and cultural icon for over 20 years. From her early days making zines and fronting the groundbreaking punk feminist band Bikini Kill, to her later work with the electro-punk band Le Tigre, Hanna has been a leader of the feminist movement, as well as a lightening rod for any and all controversy surrounding it. 

The Punk Singer features interviews with Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia).