What happens when the community you need is not the community you have?
Tell yourself it exists over and over, make fan zines that fabricate hordes of queer punk revolutionaries, create subversive movies, and distribute those movies widely–and slowly, the community you’ve fabricated might become a real and radical heartbeat that spreads internationally. This is the story that “Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution” tells, from the start of a pseudo-movement in the mid-1980s, intended to punk the punk scene, to the widespread rise of artists who used radical queer identity to push back equally against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture.
Interviewees discuss homophobia, gender, feminism, AIDS, assimilation, sex, and, of course, art. The extensive participant list includes Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, John Waters, Justin Vivian Bond, Lynn Breedlove, Silas Howard, Pansy Division, Penny Arcade, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Deke Elash, Tom Jennings, Team Dresch, and many more.
Underscoring the interviews are clips from movies, zines, concerts, and actions iconic to the movement. As steeped in the radical queer, anti-capitalist, DIY, and give-no-fucks approach as queercore itself, the movie reveals the perspectives and experiences of bands, moviemakers, writers, and other outsiders, taking audiences inside the creation of the community–and art–so desperately needed by the same queers it encompassed.
“Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution” – Theatrical Dates (as of Aug. 23rd
09/21/2018: Brooklyn, NY @ Spectacle
09/28/2018: Los Angeles, CA @ Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts
10/02/2018: Miami, FL @ O Cinema
10/02/2018: Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
10/03/2018: Seattle, WA @ Northwest Film Forum
10/05/2018: San Francisco, CA @ Roxie Theater
10/12/2018: Santa Fe, NM @ Jean Cocteau Cinema
10/12/2018: New Orleans, LA @ Zeitgeist
10/21/2018: Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theater