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MIX 25 - CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE! - She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column *essential Riot Grrrl his
Sunday Nov 18, 2012 8:00pm-11:00pm in New York
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Forerunners of Queercore and Riot Grrrl, Toronto's preeminent feminist art-punk combo Fifth Column gets the tribute it has long deserved. Kevin Hegge's doc also doubles as a fascinating time capsule of the city's vibrant alternative culture of the 1980s and early 1990s. Hegge uses an abundance of film, video, and print material to powerfully evoke their Toronto, before the queercore ethos that Fifth Column and pal Bruce LaBruce cooked up wended its way into the lives and minds of misfits far from Queen Street And though Hegge doesn't quite untangle the band's very messy history, he captures the equally unruly energies that made Fifth Column matter.

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MIX 25 - NOVEMBER 13-18

Don't forget, MIX is known for magical spatial transformations (hint: this year's theme involves cocooning and hammocks!), incredible installation art (which you can read about here: http://mixnyc.org/mix/installations), and a vibrant lounge space populated by queer filmmakers, curators, artists, and, well, fabulous hotties. Plan to HANG OUT BEFORE OR AFTER THE SHOW, enjoy a beverage and some good company!

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PROGRAM INFORMATION:

SHE SAID BOOM: THE STORY OF FIFTH COLUMN
Kevin Hegge
2012, Canada, video, color, sound 64 min. US Premiere.

Forerunners of Queercore and Riot Grrrl, Toronto's preeminent feminist art-punk combo Fifth Column gets the tribute it has long deserved. Kevin Hegge's doc also doubles as a fascinating time capsule of the city's vibrant alternative culture of the 1980s and early 1990s. Hegge uses an abundance of film, video, and print material to powerfully evoke their Toronto, before the queercore ethos that Fifth Column and pal Bruce LaBruce cooked up wended its way into the lives and minds of misfits far from Queen Street And though Hegge doesn.t quite untangle the band's very messy history, he captures the equally unruly energies that made Fifth Column matter.

Hegge interviews Fifth Column members Caroline Azar, Beverly Breckenridge and G.B. Jones, along with other collaborators including Bruce LaBruce, Vaginal Davis and Kathleen Hanna. It makes for an in-depth look at the work and the era that it came out of, and the implications and challenges of that history for contemporary queer culture. Their legendary fights were a critical part of a tremendous body of work and way of life that waged total war against art practice, gender norms, and politics.

She Said Boom tells the inspirational story of a small group of outsiders creating a new reality. Their world exists in opposition to a culture that excludes and rejects them, but it is no utopia. Strong personalities with strong ideas collaborate and also come into conflict and out burst great queer films, zines and music. Alienated from everyday life, a small group of women artists in Toronto in the 1980s created a queer subculture that was destined to catch fire and influence many bohemians and outsiders around the world.

Alive with great quotes and challenging ideas, the film shows Bruce LaBruce pointing out that the group was not orthodox feminist, while Kathleen Hanna discusses how Fifth Column was inspirational because they were punk in idea but not in musical genre. G.B. Jones explains that the band rejected the idea of authenticity as being completely alien, and embraced the superficiality of bubble gum groups, insisting that something artificial is more real than something with the pretense of authenticity, calling into question the premise of documentary. Fifth Column tears down norms and assumptions to the end!

"The interviews are all shot in venues perfectly selected for the parties involved. From a park bench for drummer and driving force G.B. Jones to a male strip club for queer director Bruce LaBruce, they help to establish the essences of the different players. Despite appearances from Kathleen Hanna (Le Tigre, Bikini Kill) and the spirited Ms. Vaginal Davis, the real attraction is an abundance of film, video, and printings that powerfully evoke a specific time in Toronto's recent history."-- Kevin Scott, Torontoist

"They had their hands in everything, because no matter what they'd do or say, the press would manage to dilute it. The press would twist things to make them more palatable or consumable, but Fifth Column wasn't interested in being palatable or consumable."--Kevin Hegge interviewed by Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

"Any word you can say, any insult that people think is bad, is good. The worse things you can get called, the better!.--G.B. Jones

MALE TO FUCK YOU ALL
Gordon B. Rec
2008, France, video, color, sound, 11 min.
MALE TO FUCK U ALL is an experimental tribute to a dead transgender friend of the filmmaker and the self-exploration of a young proletarian trans-boy (female to male) through a private recorded post-porn performance of himself based on BDSM self practices and the images of the countryside all around him by night.

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