Kino Lorber acquires Beth B's 'LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over'
Kino Lorber acquires North American rights for
Beth B’s LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over
Release in Summer 2021 to be accompanied by career-spanning Beth B retrospective, including 4K restorations of her New York underground work made in collaboration with Scott B
“A bracing reminder that sexual self-defense can take many forms...it chronicles how Lunch embarked on a series of musical reinventions. Viewers will marvel at a woman who, at 60, seems just as fierce as she was 40 years ago.” -- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“A wild and impactful documentary...Portrait of a punk pythia, through its feminist commitment, its avant-garde music and its nihilistic poetry." -- Eléonore Colin, Telerama
New York, NY – (April 1, 2021) – Kino Lorber announces that it has acquired North American rights for LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over. The documentary feature, directed, produced, and edited by prolific artist and filmmaker Beth B and co-produced by Kathleen Fox, will be theatrically released in Summer 2021. Kino Lorber will also be releasing a career-spanning retrospective of Beth B’s short and feature films, including new 4K restorations of the New York underground films made in collaboration with Scott B.
LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over is a deep dive into the life and work of the fearless musician and performer Lydia Lunch that echoes the urgent, aggressive, unapologetic attitude that Lunch inhabits. Lunch hit the late 1970s New York City downtown scene with the band Teenage Jesus And The Jerks, a central pillar of the No Wave music movement. Since then, she has forged paths in the underground film scene as a director, actor, lecturer and women’s empowerment coach, feminist writer and spoken word performer. The film presents her electric body of work with archival footage, vintage photographs and interviews with Lunch and longtime collaborators. Still actively performing to expose the patriarchy, sexual abuse, cycle of violence, and corporate greed, Lunch continues to tirelessly bring her passionate artistry to the stage - and now to the screen.
LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over was negotiated by Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and Submarine Entertainment’s Ben Schwartz representing director Beth B.
Lidell said, “Beth B’s in-your-face documentary about barrier-breaking, envelope-pushing multi-media artist Lydia Lunch embodies female empowerment. Though Beth and Lydia burst onto the New York punk scene in the 1970s, their ethos is as iconoclastic now as it was then, making this a film both young and old can embrace.”
Beth B said, “We came to New York as these lost misfits full of rage and alienation — and somehow saw in each other a way to communicate, not so much through words, but through creativity. A beloved collaborator, Lydia Lunch is a complex character – a controversial, willful, and dramatic outsider artist and we are proud to be working with Kino Lorber to release this film.”
LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over will be released Summer 2021, followed by a VOD release on Kino Now and home video.
About Beth B:
Beth B is an award-winning director of independent feature-length documentary and narrative films as well as Network Television documentaries. B’s career has been characterized by work that challenges society’s conventions, and that focuses on recasting and redefining concepts relating to the mind, the body, and women’s issues. Controversial and political in approach and content, her breakthrough films in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, such as Black Box, The Offenders, and Vortex, were shown at Max’s Kansas City, CBGB, Film Forum, and the New York Film Festival. Her recent films have been shown at museums, such as the Whitney Museum and MoMa, and film festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, SXSW, and Locarno Film Festival.
Beth B’s films have been the subject of retrospectives at the Metrograph Theater, NYC, London’s National Film Theater, Lisbon’s Núcleo Dos Cineastas Independentes, Montreal Film Festival, and Danish Film Institute. She has also served on the competition juries at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. Critics at the New York Times, Village Voice, and other outlets have praised her work as “compelling,” “captivating,” “extraordinary,” “a tour de force” and have written that “her videos are haunting and her feature films brilliant.”
About Kino Lorber:
With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allow audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.