Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
"An important document capturing the influence of Queercore, an underground movement that enjoys life on the fringes, where identifying as an anti-establishment "arty weirdo" is just as important as sexuality." - Los Angeles Times
"This documentary goes beyond cultural anthropology, exploring how queer activism briefly allied itself to the punk movement before becoming its own movement..." - Toronto Star
“A feature-length snapshot into the music and magazines that gave voice to LGBTQ outsiders.” — Catherine Chapman, NBC OUT
- HotDocs International Film Festival
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- Frameline - San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival
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What began in the 1980s as a fabricated movement intended to punk up the punk scene, Queercore quickly became a real-life cultural community of LGBTQ music and movie-making revolutionaries. As it grew, the movement evolved beyond a celebration of queer aesthetics to become an overt expression of ultra-progressive values, and a revolt against homogeneity and the orthodox norms of a society deeply biased against the Other.
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution documents the beginning of the pseudo-movement through the rise of pop artists who used queer identity to push back against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture, and also serves as a how-to-do-it guide for the next generation of queer radicals. The film's extensive list of participants includes Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, John Waters, Justin Vivian Bond, Lynn Breedlove, Silas Howard, Pansy Division, Penny Arcade, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Deke Elash, Tom Jennings, Team Dresch, and many others.
Underscoring the interviews are clips from movies, zines, concerts, and actions iconic to the movement. Steeped in the radical queer, anti-capitalist, DIY approach as Queercore itself, the film reveals the perspectives and experiences of bands, filmmakers, writers, and other outsiders, delving deep inside the creation of the community -- and its art, that was its oxygen. The film is an essential testament to a movement that has cemented its place in Western culture.
83 Minutes | English.
Directed by: Yony Leyser
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