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Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over

Directed by Beth B

Release: 2021
Runtime: 77
Country: U.S.
Language: English

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over by Beth B is the first career-spanning documentary retrospective of Lydia Lunch’s confrontational, acerbic and always electric artistry. As New York City’s preeminent No Wave icon from the late 70’s, Lunch has forged a lifetime of music and spoken word performance devoted to the utter right of any woman to indulge, seek pleasure, and to raise voice in a rage as loud as any man. The film frames Lunch’s work through the lens of the various philosophical themes that have obsessed her for years to enlighten and empower women to voice the unheard and to break the cycle of violence toward women throughout the world. Lydia Lunch is the psycho sexual transgressive who revoked patriarchal expectations of what a female performer might mean, while forging a vocabulary of rare emotional honesty, philosophy and humor.

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over includes interviews with Lydia Lunch and longtime collaborators and colleagues including: Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth; performance artist Kembra Pfahler; Teenage Jesus bass player, Jim Sclavunos; Donita Sparks from L7; famed DJ and musician Nicolas Jaar; Art Critic Carlo McCormick; Filmmaker Richard Kern and a long list of other groundbreaking artists connected to Lunch’s past and present. Filming in rehearsal and on tour with her band Retrovirus, the behind-the-scenes footage reveals a side of Lunch’s personality that has been unseen. Her warmth and generosity in private interactions along with hilarious banter in the rehearsal studio with band members contrasts wonderfully with her brash, assaultive style of performance. The film is not only about Lunch, but about the scene that she helped spawn, continues to grow and influence, and the creative people who join her in creating a new vision of woman.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Color: Color and B&W
  • Formats: DVD

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playdates

Venue City State Date
ACME Screening Room Lambertville 1624852800June 28 - September 24, 2021
Alexander Valley Film Society Cloverdale 1625025600June 30 - September 24, 2021
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1626321600July 15 - August 26, 2021
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Bethlehem 1624939200June 29 - September 24, 2021
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1631505600September 13 - September 14, 2021
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1622865600June 5 - October 1, 2021
Cinema Arts Centre Huntington 1626148800July 13 - September 24, 2021
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1623816000June 16 - October 1, 2021
Denver Film / Sie FilmCenter Denver 1623816000June 16 - October 1, 2021
Digital Gym Cinema San Diego 1626148800July 13 - September 24, 2021
Downing Film Center Newburgh 1624334400June 22 - September 24, 2021
Film Society of Summit Summit 1626926400July 22 - September 24, 2021
Film Streams Omaha 1625025600June 30 - September 24, 2021
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1626667200July 19 - August 31, 2021
Hollywood Theatre Portland 1626321600July 15 - August 27, 2021
IFC Center New York 1622865600June 5 - July 30, 2021
Indie Memphis Memphis 1624852800June 28 - September 24, 2021
International Film Series Boulder 1626148800July 13 - September 24, 2021
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1627963200August 3 - September 24, 2021
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1623816000June 16 - August 6, 2021
Lumiere Cinema Los Angeles 1627963200August 3 - August 20, 2021
Music Box Theatre Chicago 1623816000June 16 - October 1, 2021
O Cinema Miami Beach 1624939200June 29 - September 24, 2021
PhilaMOCA Philadelphia 1627963200August 3 - August 11, 2021
Plaza Theatre Atlanta 1623816000June 16 - July 23, 2021
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1623816000June 16 - October 1, 2021
SNF Parkway Theatre Baltimore 1626926400July 22 - September 24, 2021
Sound Unseen Minneapolis 1626321600July 15 - August 12, 2021
Sun-Ray Cinema Jacksonville 1626148800July 13 - July 23, 2021
Texas Theatre Dallas 1626148800July 13 - July 18, 2021
The Apohadion Theater x SPACE Portland 1623816000June 16 - October 1, 2021
The Frida Cinema Santa Ana 1628222400August 6 - August 20, 2021
The Loft Cinema Tucson 1625025600June 30 - September 24, 2021
Varsity Theatre Davis 1626926400July 22 - September 24, 2021
VIFF Centre Vancouver 1624507200June 24 - September 24, 2021
Violet Crown Charlottesville Charlottesville 1631160000September 9 - September 10, 2021
WFMU Jersey City 1624334400June 22 - September 24, 2021
Winnipeg Cinematheque Winnipeg 1623816000June 16 - October 1, 2021
Zeitgeist Theatre Arabi 1625716800July 8 - September 24, 2021