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The Official Oakland Screening of THE GITS MOVIE

The story of the Seattle band whose promising start was cut short by the tragic murder of spirited lead singer Mia Zapata.

Live performance by THE AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS featuring Klaus Flouride of Dead Kennedys and Steve Moriarty of The Gits.


Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/theamericanprofessionals

Added by 200pockets on June 11, 2008




Gits Documentary To Tour The Country
June 12, 2008
Story by: Michael Tedder

Director Kerry O'Kane's self-titled documentary on early '90s Seattle punks the Gits will begin playing in theaters in early July, to coincide with the 15th anniversary of lead singer Mia Zapata's murder on July 7. The Gits, which will also be released on DVD by Liberation Entertainment the day after the theatrical run begins, features interviews with the band's surviving members as well as fan-supplied archival footage of Gits performances, and tells the story of the group's rise to popularity at the start of the '90s, and the aftermath of Zapata's murder, which went unsolved for more than a decade.

O'Kane, who has directed of music videos for artists such as Tilt and Cinderblock, said she first discovered the band after seeing them featured in the 1996 Seatle music documentary Hype!. "Mia just blew my mind and I couldn't believe that this girl was murdered and they still hadn't found the killer," says O'Kane, who began interviewing the group's surviving members in 2002. "And so I went and I got some of their music, and I was so impressed, and it was hard to believe that she was gone. I thought it was egregious that they weren't able to find this person after so many years, and I felt like a film should be made to celebrate her life and the band."

Some of the film's tour dates will have special guests. The New York screening will have an after-party featuring members of Kittie, Bratmobile and Van Helsing's Curse, while San Francisco's party will feature Klaus Flouride of Dead Kennedys. The Los Angeles showing will feature Kane and Daniel House, who signed the Gits to their first record label. Portland and Seattle will feature the film's producer Jessy Bender and the remaining members of the Gits.

CMJ.com will have an extended interview with O'Kane on our blog later today, and you can find out more information about the Zapata and the murder investigation in this week's CMJ online feature .

Screening Dates For The Gits:
06/05 - Louisville, KY - Rudyard Kipling
06/07 - Columbia, MO - Ragtag Theater (Sneak Preview)
07/03 - Winnipeg, MB - Big Smash
07/04 - Denver, CO - Starz Film Center
07/04 - Portland, OR - Clinton Street Theater
07/04 - Seattle, WA - Northwest Film Forum
07/04 - New York, NY - Pioneer Theater
07/04 - Sacramento, CA - Movies On The Big Screen
07/05 - Oakland, CA - Uptown Nightclub
07/05 - San Jose, CA - The Blank Club
07/07 - Austin, TX - Alamo Draft House
07/07 - Boston, MA - Newbury Comics
07/07 - Indianapolis, IN - Greenbriar Cinema Grill
07/07 - San Francisco, CA - The Embarcadero
07/07 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
07/07 - Seattle WA - Metro Cinema
07/07 - Louisville, KY - Ear X-tacy
07/07 - New York, NY - The Delancy
07/07 - Orlando, FL - Slingapours
07/07 - Philadelhia, PA - 941 Theater
07/07 - Providence, RI - As220
07/20 - Edmonton, AB - Metro Cinema


"Documentary specialist Kerri O'Kane details the rise of promising Seattle-based punk outfit The Gits, bringing their story to the screen for the benefit of Gits fans and anti-violence activists alike." - The New York Times

"The Gits is a stirring portrait of one of the great, largely unknown voices in music and how her loss is still felt to this day. The Gits is a treasure trove." - Film Threat Magazine

"This beats with more heart and terrific music than 99.9% of what comes from Hollywood these days. From Kerri O’Kane’s direction to the music, everything works. " - Ain't it Cool News

"O'Kane deftly navigates the tension that arises between the end of a career and the loss of a human being." - The Austin Chronicle




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The Gits Official Site: www.thegits.com

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