Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Women In L.A. Punk Part XVIII - Allison Anders

Allison Anders' films are often marked by her great love of music and her interest in a woman's struggle to find and assert her identity, whether she's telling the story of small-town teenagers in 1992's Gas, Food, Lodging, East L.A. homegirls in Mi Vida Loca, or an aspiring singer-songwriter in Grace of My Heart.

Even though Allison admits that she did not really feel like she was part of the early L.A. punk scene, she belongs in this series of interviews because she was in fact there at the time and because her films champion the same gritty, DIY attitude and assertive female voices that you'll find in all of the other archived interviews.

Allison doesn't mention it in her interview, but she also founded the Don't Knock The Rock Film and Music Festival, an annual event which takes place in Hollywood and is now entering its 4th year. Look for more news on this event by summertime. It usually features some great, rarely seen rock footage and live performances.Oh and just for the record, prior to this interview, I had no idea that I had the distinction of being the one to pop Allison's punk rock cherry.

That makes me proud. Click on the Women In L.A. Punk thumbnail to read her interview.


Anonymous said...

congrats Allison on a great interview!

Alice, please don't stop doing these...

Deborah Frost said...

Bravo-- Brilliant.
But would not expect anything less from either of you.

Jenny Lens said...

Thank you so much for inviting the wonderfully brillantly talented Allison to our growing online interview community.

Your drummer, Mr. BagDad (also one of Allison's fave bands, The Gun Club, just told me Allison was too shy to talk to us. The irony is I always felt so shy and hid behind my camera (or came to life because of it)!

I was mesmerized by "Mi Vida Loca." "Grace of My Heart" resonates with me like few other films. Like many early punks, I'm an avid film buff. Own/read tons and tons of books and seen old movies. But I've never seen anything like "Grace."

And to think her movies were influenced by what she, you, I, the women in this series, and others did. I am so proud we all share roots. What an honor.

I've often stated punk was like the early days of film when women were as powerful and accomplished as the men. As Allison states on one of the links, when the movie industry became a profitable business, women were shoved aside. And that any great art movement lasts about 5 years. Echoing my thoughts. How I wish we met years ago because I was so lonely, even though I was around a ton of people.

I believe her Don't Knock the Rock Fest is in May, not summer this year, at REDCAT, part of the new Disney Hall. I wrote her that now I can finally afford to see that new venue!

Speaking of Mr. Terry G, he's in LA. Alice, we miss you! Oh the stories Terry has been telling me that are in his new book. Oh la la!

Anonymous said...

I knew Allison when we were kids and all that I am reading sounds like a really good story, we probably lost touch in about 1970 although I was able to speak to her just a couple of years ago. I am amazed at how two people who knew each other and sometimes hung out have such a different memory of how things were. All I can say is good for her I'm glad she's finally found her place.Allsion you thanked me for being there for you but did it really come from the heart.