Louise Distras releases short film ‘Real Outlaw’ exploring the themes of new single ‘Aileen’

Louise Distras 2016

Louise Distras has released a short film, Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement.

The DIY film explores the themes behind Distras’ new single, “Aileen”, released on the 30th of September and her first new music since the release of her debut album, Dreams from the Factory Floor.

Says Distras of the film: “One night after a show I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary Selling of a Serial Killer, which is about a 46 year old lady named Aileen Wuornos, who killed seven men between 1989 and 1990. She was convicted, sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection in 2002. The media dubbed her ‘America’s first female serial killer’ but through much of her life, Aileen maintained that she killed these men in self defense as they raped or attempted to rape and murder her whilst she was working as a prostitute.”

“Whether Aileen was a serial killer or a feminist icon isn’t for me to say,” Distras continues, “but one thing I do know is that as someone who spent their entire life as an outsider and also a survivor, Aileen’s story hit me very hard in a very personal way.

“We live in a world where women are silenced and blamed for being attacked. We live in a world where women are sent to prison for defending themselves against their attackers. We live in a world which simultaneously ignores allegations of rape made against powerful men in the public eye.

“We should not have to live this way, and these men must be held accountable. This culture of normalised violence against women needs to be addressed time and time again until something changes. I feel that in order to do that we need to break the silence and stigma associated with our own experiences to show other survivors that they are not alone.”

Distras concludes: “On my last US tour I was lucky enough to meet two incredible artists and activists who changed my world forever. Vega and Sidney, alongside my producer Steve, inspired me to create Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement. Through sharing our stories we hope to amplify the voices of other survivors and empower people to be creative and start their own revolution. This film is dedicated to one billion women worldwide.”

You can watch Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement via the stream below.

“Aileen” is availble now via iTunes.

Catch Louise Distras live on the following dates:

05th Oct: Birmingham, The Rainbow
06th Oct: Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
07th Oct: Derby, The Maypole
08th Oct: Kingston, Fighting Cocks w/ Get Dead
10th Oct: Norwich, Owl Sanctuary w/ Get Dead
11th Oct: Nottingham, Doghouse w/ Get Dead
12th Oct: 02 Islington Academy, London w/ Get Dead
13th Oct: Dundee, The Vestry
14th Oct: Glasgow, Audio
15th Oct: Edinburgh, Bannerman’s
16th Oct: Nottingham, Foreman’s w/ TV Smith
21st Oct: Leeds, Verve
19th Nov: Groningen, Spieghel (Netherlands)
21st Nov: Essen, Anyway (Germany)
22nd Nov: Bonn, Kult 4 (Germany)
23rd Nov: Koln, Sonic Ballroom (Germany)
27th Nov: Berlin, Wild At Heart (Germany)
29th Nov: Dresden, Chemiefabrik (Germany)

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Frank Zappa vault opens for definitive documentary directed by Alex Winter

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Acclaimed filmmaker Alex Winter is turning to fans to help make the first definitive documentary about the life of iconoclastic musician, artist, and revolutionary Frank Zappa.

But Winter’s real goal is far more ambitious: This morning he launched a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter not only to fund the film, titled Who the F*@% Is Frank Zappa?, but to catalog and preserve Frank’s at-risk archives, known as “The Vault.”

Director Winter and Glen Zipper (producer of the Academy Award® winning Undefeated) are the very first people outside the Zappa family to be given access to The Vault, a vast repository of never-released media (video, film, unreleased music, interviews, concert recordings, and more) from and by Frank, which has literally been locked away in a chamber beneath the Zappa family’s Hollywood Hills home since Frank’s death.

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Zappa at the UMRK studio, Hollywood circa ’89/’90
(photo courtesy of the Zappa Family Trust)

Before her passing, the notoriously discerning Gail Zappa granted the team unprecedented access to Frank’s life and archives, and said, “We couldn’t be happier to be working with Alex, an extraordinary filmmaker in his own right. With an advanced degree in perfect timing and a shared respect for conceptual continuity, we feel it is our duty.”

The Kickstarter campaign’s minimum goal of $500,000 is enough to digitize the critical parts of the archive and start production, but surpassing the goal promises faster completion of the film, plus more fan access to Vault contents. Backers can claim rewards such as a screen credit on the finished documentary, a visit to the Vault, an opportunity to play one of Frank’s original guitars, or even — for a big enough contribution — Frank Zappa’s house. That’s right, for a cool $9 million pledge on eBay, one superfan can have the ultimate reward: Full ownership of the 8,000-square-foot Zappa family estate, along with an Executive Producer credit on the documentary and a slew of other Zappa rewards.

Winter describes the film as “an epic saga of a great American artist and thinker; a major film event worthy of the scope of Zappa’s prodigious and varied creative output, and the breadth of his personal and political life.”

Find out more via Zappamovie.com

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Director Alex Winter explores The Vault

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Vegas Metal Meltdown show to be filmed for cinema release

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Extreme, Twisted Sister, Skid Row and Great White are set to share a bill in Las Vegas next weekend, and the whole thing will be filmed for a future cinema release.

Metal Meltdown is being held at Las Vegas’ Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on the 30th of May.

Extreme will be playing the whole of their Pornograffitti album at the event as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations marking its release. Skid Row’s set will feature new frontman Tony Harnell who replaced former vocalist Johnny Solinger last month, and Mike Portnoy will occupy the drum stool for Twisted Sister after sticksman AJ Pero died earlier this year.

The resulting concert film is scheduled for a 3D cinema release as well as CD, Vinyl, DVD and BluRay formats. A release date has yet to be confirmed.

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Kurt Cobain film to be accompanied by book release

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HBO’s forthcoming documentary about the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain will be accompanied by an official book it has been announced.

The book will share the name of the film, Montage Of Heck, itself based on the name of a mixtape put together by Cobain and circulated widely online last year.

A press release about the book says that it will feature exclusive interviews featured in the film plus a mixture of animation stills, rare photography, and other images from Cobain’s personal archive. Director of the documentary, Brett Morgen, will also make a contribution.

Montage Of Heck will be broadcast in the UK on HBO in April, with the film being given a nationwide cinema release at the same time.

Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is acting as Executive Producer for the project.

Meanwhile it has also been reported today that online retailers have stopped selling clothing lines that featured the entirety of Kurt Cobain’s suicide letter printed on them. The move comes following an online campaign by Nirvana fans to halt the sale of the goods.

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Kurt Cobain film set to feature previously unreleased songs

Nirvana 1992

The first authorised documentary about Kurt Cobain is set to feature previously unreleased songs by the late Nirvana frontman.

Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck will premiere via HBO on the 4th of May and will get a UK-wide cinema release in the Spring.

Directed by Brett Morgan, Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain has been steering the project in the role of Executive Producer.

As Morgan explains, the film has taken years to research: “I started work on this project eight years ago. Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth.

“However, once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects – oil paintings, sculptures – countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.”

Described as “a raw and visceral journey through his life,” the filmmakers have been given no-holds-barred access to Cobain’s archives which are home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives and songbooks.

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