This rockumentary of the seminal feminist electro-clash band Le Tigre follows them on tour as they promote their last album (This Island) and gives viewers a chance to see just what it’s like to be a touring all-female rock band.
The doc has plenty of concert footage, backstage antics and archival interviews. But JD Samson, Johanna Fateman and Kathleen Hanna (formerly of Bikini Kill) also talk about some of the challenges they’ve faced being an all-girl rock band, how they deal with being labelled as icons for queer communities and the stuggles to uphold their visions for publicity.
This film came to Toronto with Hot Docs in May and ran for only three screenings. If you missed it or if you want to see it again, Shameless is running a once-only screening in Toronto with special guest speakers Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Liss!
What: Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour Shameless fundraiser screening with special guests
When: November 6th, 2pm
Where: The Projection Booth (1035 Gerrard St E.), a beautifully refurbished old cinema near Little India
If you’d love to attend the screening but can’t make it, consider choosing the There in Spirit option on our ticket page. Your donation will go a long way to help support Shameless!
All ages, accessible space, subtitles provided.
About our speakers:
Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is a writer, activist and media-maker who has lived in Montreal, Toronto, Guelph, Florida and a bunch of suburbs (against her will.) She has a 1-year old named Anna Francis, who is not named after Anne Frank or Frances Bean (or the Bedtime for Frances badger, for that matter.) She is author of the poetry books Emergency Contact (queer angst, McGilligan Books, 2006) and Somewhere To Run From (slightly more mature queer angst, Tightrope Books, 2009.) She really wants to write a) a Young Adult novel about the on-again, off-again relationship between a girl, a gender-complicated person and the local activist scene b) a kids’ book about kitchen parties and how being poor is sometimes alright c) a graphic novel and d) a poetic prose book about one of her brothers. She apparently likes brackets, lists and run-on sentences.
Sarah Liss is an associate editor at The Grid and a staunch and hardy feminist who has been writing about music and various other elements of pop culture since the turn of the millennium. She’s written for Maisonneuve, Toronto Life, The Grid, CBC, FLARE and various other publications. Likes: Bulleit bourbon, cultural theory, the Vaselines, rescue dogs, Robyn. Dislikes: “Stereo Love,” bro culture, beef jerky, Matthew McConaughey.
What people are saying about the documentary:
“We get to enjoy the distinct novelty of a bunch of girls (who seems as close as sisters) goofing around and having fun on the road as well as fighting for the politics of what Le Tigre is all about, both on stage and off.” - Samantha Chater, Indiewire.com
“I’ve seen this doc and it’s AWESOME! le tigre rock.” - Twin Sister, Nerd Alert
“We’re so excited for this screening!” - Shameless Team
See you there!