Since she first took to the mic, calling for “Revolution. Girl Style. NOW!” in 1990, Kathleen Hanna has been seen as the face of the Riot Grrrl movement, a hero to subsequent generations of young feminists and musicians. She was the one who drunkenly wrote the phrase “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the Nirvana frontman’s living room wall and changed the face of electro-pop when she formed Le Tigre with Mirandy July‘s teenage BFF Johanna Fateman in 1998. In short, she’s kind of a big deal.
Her perspective on feminist punk music has been heard in documentaries like Don’t Need You and From the Back of the Room, but this year filmmaker Sini Anderson is putting Kathleen front and center in the intimate and all-encompassing film The Punk Singer.
The film combines twenty years of archival footage with interviews with Kathleen’s husband, the Beastie Boys‘ Adam Horovitz (who describes watching his wife on stage as being like “a good car accident” you can’t look away from), Joan Jett, Sonic Youth‘s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, Sleater-Kinney‘s Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, Tavi Gevinson and Le Tigre’s Fateman and JD Samson.
To complete the film and ensure it gets the release it deserves, Anderson has taken to Kickstarter. After 18 months of shooting and compiling the pieces, the film has just 16 weeks left to complete post-production—provided the $44,000 budget is met. Already 449 backers have donated $21,849 but as with all Kickstarter projects, unless the goal is met, none of the money will be received by Anderson and her crew. If you donate in the next 27 days, you’ll be thanked with gifts including a copy of one of Kathleen’s zines from the 90’s (for pledging $100 or more) or a personal interior decorating for a donation of $10,000 or more. You can pledge your allegiance (and your money) to The Punk Singer here.