The producers of the upcoming rock-umentary “Rock N Roll Mamas”, by award-winning filmmaker Jackie Weissman, announce that acclaimed indie filmmaker Allison Anders has joined the project as Executive Producer.
Anders own films as writer-director include “Gas Food Lodging” (1992), “Mi Vida Loca” (1993), “Grace of My Heart” (1996) and “Things Behind the Sun” (2001), and she has directed episodes of the television shows “Sex In The City”, “Cold Case”, “The L-Word”, “Men In Trees” and “What About Brian”. Currently a distinguished professor of film studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Anders was the recipient of a 1995 MacArthur genius grant and, in 2002, she won a George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished achievement and meritorious service for the semi-autobiographical “Things Behind the Sun”.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Allison on board,” says “Rock N Roll Mamas” producer Tara Johnson-Medinger. “Both Jackie and I feel that the film will benefit greatly from the support and insight of a seasoned director, and we are inspired by Allison’s commitment to mentoring women filmmakers, her interest in portraying women on-screen, her love of music and the fact that she is also a kick-ass mom.”
“Rock N Roll Mamas” is a documentary feature about three indie rockers/mamas who are struggling to follow their creative dreams while also providing for their families in an alternative lifestyle. Over the course of four years, Weissman followed Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols and up-and-coming hip hop artist, Ms. Su’ad. The film takes us into their daily lives as they struggle to tour with children and try to normalize a “home-life” as best they can. This balancing act is interwoven with the blood, sweat and personal fulfillment they find in band rehearsals, recording and performing. These women insist on being both rockers and mamas, and yet none can afford a nanny – if something has to give, what will it be?
A documentary filmmaker in Portland, Oregon, Weissman has been an adjunct professor at both The Art Institute of Portland and Columbia College-Chicago. Her documentary, “The Gorilla and the Piker”, won the Cine Eagle award in 1998, was featured on WNET, Channel 13 in New York, as a part of its Reel New York series and played on PBS.
Rock N Roll Mamas is scheduled for completion by 2009, and will be on the festival circuit and ready for distribution in 2009/2010.