Award-Winning Documentary “Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution”


The film documents the start of the gay punk movement combating homophobia

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 LaBruceG.B. JonesGenesis Breyer P-OrridgeJohn WatersJustin Vivian BondLynn BreedloveSilas HowardPansy DivisionPenny ArcadeKathleen HannaKim GordonDeke ElashTom JenningsTeam 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.

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