Producer’s statement..

I met Tex Clark at a backyard BBQ in Portland in the summer of 2009. As a producer/distributor I meet a lot of starry-eyed artists who think I can make their film-maker dreams come true with a snap of my fingers, and they are frequently disappointed. But I was struck by Tex’s story and the idea of a ‘time capsule’ documentary containing so many unseen interviews with musicians, writers and historians that had been inspirational to me during my own rowdy adolescence.

Watching Radical Act (on a 10lb BetaCam tape) I was struck by the duality of histories presented. On the one hand, I think it’s a lot easier for young women to start bands than what these women describe dealing with in the early 90s. Women like PJ Harvey and Courtney Love were mainstream mainstays and movements like riot grrrl, Ladyfest and the Rock’n’Roll Camp For Girls brought more accessibility for emerging female artists to the fringes of punk rock. 

But in another, more frightening way, Radical Act was a prescient statement of things to come. While listening to these women discuss their fears regarding Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the violence towards visible queer and female sexuality, thoughts kept returning to my head of the 2008 Presidential election, its historical heft and hope it inspired, was clouded by hateful anti-gay measures in California, Florida and Georgia. It’s stunning to watch Radical Act and see how rapidly the culture changed, while the political landscape has become even more mutated and ugly. --Erin Donovan 

The film is now available to rent on YouTube VOD and on limited edition DVD from BuyOlympia.

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