Olympia Film Fest Previews – The Punk Singer & HUMP!
THE PUNK SINGER 11/8
By Blaine Ewig
In this biographical documentary, the audience gets a glimpse into the life of outspoken feminist, musician, and Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna. The movie discusses her beginnings in Olympia, her involvement with the riot grrrl movement in the early 90’s, and touches on her new musical endeavors in The Julie Ruin. Delving into more personal subject-matter such as Hanna’s struggles with Lyme disease and the pressures that come with being labeled as the figurehead of the riot grrrl movement, director Sini Anderson offers a more personal and intimate spin on the life of Kathleen Hanna than we have ever seen before. The documentary includes interviews with prominent figures such as bandmate Kathi Wilcox, Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz, and rock goddess Joan Jett. Hanna will be giving an in-person introduction to the film.
Hanna’s band The Julie Ruin will also be playing at the opening night of the festival on Nov. 8th at the Capitol Theater with local acts Survival Knife and Hot Fruit.
HUMP! FEST 11/15
By Issac Scott & Patrick Stewart
Created and hosted by Dan Savage of The Stranger, HUMP! is in its eighth scandalous year of presenting “homemade erotica, amateur sex cinema, locally produced pornography, and community sexcapades.” A grand prize of $5,000 is awarded to the audience-voted fan favorite film. The festival’s winner is not always the film with the largest… budget. There are multi-day showings in Seattle and Portland, but your one chance to catch the event in Olympia is at the Oly Film Fest on Friday, Nov. 15 (showings at 9:30 and midnight). Also, don’t miss out on the pre-HUMP! party at Le Voyeur, where a portion of bar proceeds will benefit the Olympia Film Society. A few notes: While viewers are enoucraged to use what they learn at HUMP! they should wait until after the films, as two young men learned this year after being ejected for sharing a friendly BJ mid-show. Also a spoiler: One film this year was submitted by a rather famous marching band!
Get half price tix for the midnight showing by using the promo code GREENER13 when you buy tickets online!