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
- Sheffield Doc/Fest
- IDFA International Doc Festival Amsterdam
- Frameline - San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival
- Outfest - L.A. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
- DOC NYC
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. From the start of the pseudo-movement to the widespread rise of pop artists who used queer identity to push back against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture, 'Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution' is just that: a how-to-do-it guide for the next generation of queer radicals. The extensive participant list 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 more.
Underscoring the interviews are clips from movies, zines, concerts, and actions iconic to the movement. As steeped in the radical queer, anti-capitalist, DIY, and give-no-fucks approach as queercore itself, the movie reveals the perspectives and experiences of bands, moviemakers, writers, and other outsiders, taking audiences inside the creation of the community—and art—so desperately needed by the same queers it encompassed. Ultimately 'Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution' is an essential testament to an evolving cultural movement whose place in American heritage has been already cemented.
83 Minutes | English.
Directed by: Yony Leyser
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