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Fanny: The Right to Rock

Directed by Bobby Jo Hart

Q&A and Live Performance by one of FANNY’s bandmates, Brie Darling

Ticket holders are welcome to the 6PM Pre-Reception

Winner, Rogers Audience Choice Award – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award – Two Riversides Film and Art Festival
Closing Film, OutFest LA 2021

“Revivify Fanny. And my work is done.”- David Bowie
Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina-American sisters got together with other teenage girls to play music. Little did they know their garage band would evolve into the legendary rock group Fanny, the first all-women band to release an LP with a major record label (Warner/Reprise, 1970). Despite releasing 5 critically-acclaimed albums over 5 years, touring with famed bands from SLADE to CHICAGO and amassing a dedicated fan base of music legends including David Bowie, Fanny’s groundbreaking impact in music was written out of history… until bandmates reunite 50 years later with a new rock record deal. With incredible archival footage of the band’s rocking past intercut with its next chapter releasing a new LP today, the film includes interviews with a large cadre of music icons, including Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Bonnie Raitt, The Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine, Todd Rundgren, The Runaways’ Cherie Currie, Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian, The B52’s Kate Pierson, Charles Neville and David Bowie guitarist and bassist Earl Slick and Gail Ann Dorsey. Fighting early barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, and now ageism, the incredible women of Fanny are ready to claim their hallowed place in the halls of rock ‘n’ roll fame.

Bobbi Jo Hart is an award winning documentary filmmaker born & raised in California and now based in Montreal, Canada. With a career that has spanned 25 years, she has filmed in countries as diverse as Pakistan, Russia, Guatemala, Australia and Zimbabwe — with subjects ranging from women’s professional soccer and tennis to music, comedy, dance and manic depression. All of her documentaries explore often elusive or misunderstood people and ways of life, weaving universal threads of identity, dreams, family, resilience and determination — which result in thought-provoking films that ultimately celebrate our shared humanity.

Photo by Linda Wolf

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Opening Night: Fanny: The Right to Rock

Q&A and Live Performance by one of FANNY’s bandmates, Brie Darling Ticket holders are welcome to the 6PM…