Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits is a riveting documentary about the world’s first all-girl punk band, formed in London in 1976. Drawing on stunning personal archives and interviews with key band members, the film tells the story of young women "hidden from history". Contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, The Slits pioneered the musical movement "Punky Reggae" and inspired generations of artists, from Sonic Youth to Sleater Kinney. Our guest speaker at Cinema International, is the original drummer), Paloma will tell her story with the band as well as her mystical experiences and quest as a musician. "Madonna bow down! These are THE SLITS!" (Don Letts, former Slits manager). Sponsored by C.I., the Religious Studies Program, and the Women’s Faculty Caucus (MSU).
Two Showings! 7 PM and 9:15 PM
Doors open 30 minutes prior to screening times; $5 admission (no presales, first come, first served).
Return screening of HERE TO BE HEARD, the documentary about The Slits, includes Q&A with Palmolive (Slits/Raincoats) moderated by Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile)
HERE TO BE HEARD: The Story of The Slits is a film about the world’s first all girl punk band who formed in London in 1976, contemporaries of The Clash & The Sex Pistols, they are the pioneering godmothers of the musical movement known as “Punky Reggae”. The film tells the story of the band and the lives of the women involved, from the bands inception in 1976 to the bands end in 2010 coinciding at the death of lead vocalist Ari Up.
When Ari passed away she was working with SLITS tour manager and friend Jennifer Shagawat on a film about the band. After Ari passed and the film was still not completed Jennifer contacted her long time friend Bill over at Molasses Manifesto to come on and help finish the project.
Includes never before seen footage and interviews with Tessa Pollitt (SLITS Bass Player), Paloma Romero AKA Palmolive (SLITS Founder/First Drummer), Viv Albertine (SLITS Guitarist), Bruce Smith (SLITS Second/PIL Drummer), Hollie Cook (SLITS Vocalist/Keyboards/Percussion), Vivien Goldman (NYU’s Punk Professor), Don Letts (Former SLITS Manager/Punk Documentarian), Dennis Bovell (Producer of The SLITS album CUT), Adrien Sherwood (Producer/Long time friend and collaborator of the band) and many more! FILMMAKER WILLIAM E. BADGLEY AND PALOMA ROMERO (AKA PALMOLIVE), AND ALLISON WOLFE IN ATTENDANCE FOR Q&A!