Not Bad for a Girl

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Not Bad for a Girl
Not Bad for a Girl (DVD cover).jpg
Directed by Lisa Rose Apramian
Produced by Lisa Rose Apramian
Kyle C. Kyle
Kurt Cobain
Courtney Love
Tina Silvey
Starring

Lori Barbero
Kat Bjelland

Mia d'Bruzzi
Jill Emery
Eric Erlandson
Kristen Pfaff
Patty Schemel
Lisa Fay
Jennifer Finch
Suzi Gardner
Maureen Herman
Joan Jett
Courtney Love
Bambi Nonymous
Demetra Plakas
Lesley Rankine
Jula Bell
Gilly Hanner
Caroline Rue
Donita Sparks
Rachel Thoele
Becky Wreck
Theo Kogan
Gina Volpe
Sydney "Squid" Silver
Becky Wreck
Kate Schellenbach
Erika Reinstein
Anie Stanley[1]
Edited by Kyle C. Kyle
Distributed by Spitshine Productions and Quantum Enterprises
Release date(s) 1995
Running time 90 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Not Bad for a Girl is a rockumentary[2] on women musicians of the 90s from the indie rock music genre grunge and riot grrrl and celebrates madness, creativity, and gender play. Tina Silvey was the executive producer. Silvey Co. producing MTV music videos for most of the well known indie grunge/indie bands including: Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Mudhoney, Stone Temple Pilots, The Smashing Pumpkins, Liquid Jesus, Concrete Blonde, and The Replacements. Not Bad for a Girl was written, directed, produced and shot by rock phenomenologist feminist Lisa Rose Apramian, edited, shot and co-produced by Kyle C. Kyle, drummer for Venus and the Razorblades, the Motels, Wafflebutt, and the Wild Stares and co-produced by Courtney Love[3] and Kurt Cobain. A DVD, with a booklet, is available for purchase at the official website and a release date for the sequel book is in the works. Awarded Best Documentary at the New York Underground Film Festival 1996,[4] Nominated: Best Director, 19th Atlanta Film and Video Festival 1995.

The bands featured in the film were Hole, L7, Lunachicks, Babes in Toyland, Joan Jett, Calamity Jane, Bulimia Banquet, The Mudwimin, Silverfish, 7 Year Bitch, Bratmobile, Bikini Kill. Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain provided funding for the film.[5]

Cara-Beth Burnside is also featured on the beginning and end titles. At that time she was the best female ramp skate boarder and snow boarder in the world.

The documentary features in-depth interviews with every band member, including Donita Sparks and Jennifer Finch from L7, Courtney Love from Hole, Kat Bjelland from Babes in Toyland, and Becky Wreck from the Lunachicks along with clips from live performances from 1989-1994. It also features female rock communities including riot grrrl and the first annual Riot Grrl Convention, Rock 'n' Roll High School of Melbourne Australia, and the Feminist Majority Foundation sponsored "Rock for Choice" benefits with L7/ Joan Jett. According to press releases, the film explores themes such as the musicians' relationship to creativity and music, the negotiation of gender identity and gender performance (feminist term coined by Judith Butler) through rock, subversion of stereotypes and gendered expectations through stage play performances and stylization of the body, and the processes of healing and reclaiming through musical expressions.

The sequel Not Bad for a Girl book contains images, anecdotes, reviews, interviews from many more bands unable to fit into the original including Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Strangefruit, 7 Year Bitch, Tribe 8, Dickless, Girl in a Coma and rock musicians in France, Japan, Brazil, Italy and the Middle East.

Screenings[edit]

The film was screened at film festivals, including the following:

In addition to these festivals, it was also screened at the following universities, museums and conferences:

Its art house and theatrical screenings included:

  • ED VIC MOVIE HOUSE, San Francisco, CA, August, 1996
  • FILMHOUSE, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 1996
  • DEUTSCHE INSTITUTE FUR FILMKIND, Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 1996
  • NUART THEATER, Los Angeles, CA, October 18–24, 1996
  • CINEMA DU PARC, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 1–14, 1996
  • CINEMA VILLAGE, New York, NY, November 22–29, 1996
  • NEIGHBORHOOD FILM SOCIETY, Philadelphia, PA, December 11–13, 1996
  • WINNIPEG FILM GROUP, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, December 11–14, 1996
  • CINEMATEQUE, Cleveland, OH, January 18–19, 1997
  • BRATTLE THEATER, Cambridge, MA, February 4, 1997
  • CINEFEST FILM THEATRE, Cambridge, MA, February 18–19, 1997
  • BRATTLE THEATRE, Cambridge, MA Return Engagement, March 11, 1997
  • ROXIE THEATER, San Francisco, CA, April 1–3, 1997
  • LARK THEATER, Larkspur, CA, April 4–5, 1997
  • WORMWOOD’S THEATRE, Halifax, NS, Canada, April 11–14, 1997
  • ROXIE THEATER, San Francisco, CA Return Engagement, April 18–25. 1997

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