Le Tigre & many other musicians in new film, premiering at The Kitchen
Members of Gang Gang Dance, Julie Ruin, MEN, Eartheater, MGMT, Light Asylum, and more all feature in Tour Without End (Twenty-One Portraits and a Protest), a part documentary, part fictional film from director Laura Parnes:
Shot in real environments and situations, the core group of players improvised based on semi-scripted scenes. Because many of these performers are legends themselves in the New York City downtown scene, they are archetypes playing archetypes. The work revels in the sometimes hilarious— but always complex —band dynamics the characters endure in touring, collaborating, and aging in a youth-driven music industry. As the players move in and out of fictionalized characters and real life, the film moves in and out of non-linear narrative and historical document. Shot from 2014–2018 at over 15 DIY music spaces in and around New York City—many of which have since shuttered their doors—the film acts as an urgent time capsule for the rapidly gentrifying city.
The players in the film include: Matthew Asti (MGMT), Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance), Becca Blackwell, Christen Clifford, Alexandra Drewchin (Eartheater), Nicole Eisenman, K8 Hardy, Johanna Fateman (Le Tigre), Jim Fletcher (New York City Players), Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Alessandra Genovese (Crush), Kathleen Hanna (The Julie Ruin), JD Samson (MEN), Gary Indiana, Rachel Mason, Tom McGrath, Neon Music (Youth Quake), Eileen Myles, Kembra Pfahler (Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black), Brontez Purnell (The Younger Lovers), Rogelio Ramos (Love Pig), Kenya Robinson (Cheeky Lashae) and Kate Valk (The Wooster Group). You can watch the trailer below.
Tour Without End will get its New York premiere at The Kitchen on June 11 and will also feature live performances from including JD Samson’s new band (which also features Roddy Bottum, Michael O’Neill, Caitlin Frame and Lee Free) along with BB TAY VEE, and Macy Rodman. Tickets are on sale.