Sundance Selects acquires “The Punk Singer”

The distributor has picked up director Sini Anderson's documentary about the life and influence of Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna (pictured).
June 25, 2013

Sundance Selects has picked up the North American distribution rights to director Sini Anderson’s documentary The Punk Singer.

The film, which premiered at SXSW in March, chronicles the life and influence of feminist musician Kathleen Hanna (pictured), singer for the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre andĀ a founder of the riot grrrl movement.

The Punk Singer looks back at Hanna’s 20-year career and follows her as she works on music with her latest band The Julie Ruin and grapples with late-stage Lyme disease, an illness that forced her to withdraw from the spotlight in 2005. Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Hanna’s former bandmates are among the musicians interviewed in the doc.

The Punk Singer is one of those great documentaries that makes you realize how much a single person can accomplish in a short span of time,” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films presidentĀ Jonathan Sehring in a statement. “From her pioneering riot grrrl music as the frontwoman for Bikini Kill and Le Tigre to her role as a feminist activist for a new generation of women, Kathleen Hanna is a complex, fascinating human being who is beautifully captured in Sini Anderson’s The Punk Singer.”

Tamra Davis, Gwen Bialic, Rachel Dengiz, Erin Owens and Alan Oxman served as producers on the film.

Sundance Selects is planning a fall release.

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