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'The Punk Singer' director on capturing the essence of Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna -- POSTER PREMIERE

Riot Grrrl founder Kathleen Hanna never intended to be the subject of a feature-length film. She just wanted a concert documentary.

But Sini Anderson, Hanna’s close friend and the eventual director of The Punk Singer, pushed for more. “I thought it was a really good time for people to know not just about Le Tigre, but about her story,” Anderson told EW of the lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. “I think that was a terrifying idea for Kathleen.” She eventually came on board and what resulted is an intimate portrait of Hanna at the center of the movement told through 20 years of archival footage and interviews with Hanna and those who are and were closest to her, including Joan Jett and The Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz, to whom Hanna has been married since 2006.

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Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna reveals illness, reconfirms awesomeness in 'The Punk Singer'

The Punk Singer, Sini Anderson’s intimate, invigorating portrait of Riot grrrl founder and former Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, world premiered at SXSW this week and it’s the film I can’t stop thinking about. In it, Hanna reveals for the first time that she dropped out of the music scene after being stricken low by Lyme Disease, a diagnosis that took six long, hard years for doctors to make. At its terrifying peak her illness robbed Hanna of that raw belt of a singing voice and she worried she’d soon be bound to a wheelchair. Watch a clip below: READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Five movies we can't wait to see

The South by Southwest Film Festival kicks off this Friday evening, March 8 in Austin, TX. The opening night festivities include a double feature of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, with stars Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, and Olivia Wilde on hand to welcome movie lovers to the venerable Paramount Theater, and the highly anticipated remake of the 1981 cult horror classic Evil Dead. The nine-day festival will celebrate 133 films, from the US premiere of Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, in which former Disney stars run amok, to the world premiere of I Am Divine, Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary about the legendary drag queen. There will be conversations with the likes of Danny Boyle and Matthew McConaughey, red carpets with Willie Nelson and Billie Joe Armstrong, and movies premieres of Big Ass Spider! and Unhung Hero, whose self-explanatory titles are a thing of pithy and bold beauty. Out of so many riches—Before Midnight, Don Jon, Good Ol’ Freda, You’re Next, The East—it’s cruel to pick what intrigues us most, but here are five flicks for which we can’t wait to turn off our phones. READ FULL STORY

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