It's taken 6 years and whole mess of behind-the-scenes drama, but The Gits Movie is finally completed. It will be premiering simultaneously in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on July 7th, which is also the 15-year anniversary of Mia Zapata's death. If you happened to catch an earlier cut of the film when it was shown at EMP a few years ago, you're in for a whole different end result: many new interviews have been added (Joan Jett, Kathleen Hanna and more) and of course, the cameras were rolling when Mia's killer was finally caught and convicted in 2003.
I'm currently in L.A. spending time with director Kerri O’Kane and producer Jessica Bender. Even though they didn't know Mia personally, they have truly made this project a labor of love over the years, and that shows up vividly in the film's final cut. Look for a longer piece in SW this summer about The Gits Movie and the lasting impact the loss of Zapata has had on the Seattle music community. Here's the trailer:
On a related note, Gits drummer Steve Moriarty (also a co-producer of the film) has new band called the American Professionals and they'll be playing King Cobra on May 2.