Play Your Gender

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 18:30
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 19:45
VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
$10 adult; $7 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Stephanie Clattenburg


Less than 5% of music producers and engineers are women, even though many of the most bankable stars in the industry are female. Women are often the face of a band, but rarely write the lyrics, whereas men are often hired to do the technical work behind the scenes. The music industry has a massive impact on our economy and culture. The songs we consume and the musicians we revere attest to our value systems, and in turn reinforce our cycle of consumption. This exclusive feedback loop bypasses women’s talents at a structural level. Play Your Gender attempts to break that loop. Director Stephanie Clattenburg and musician Kinnie Starr highlight women’s achievements in the industry, and take us on a quest to understand how it came to be that the gendered authorship gap exists. These candid and insightful discussions, with some of Canada’s best known artists, will have you drumming along in your seat and leave you inspired to follow your art. 

Featuring: Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins, Hole), Sara Quinn (Tegan and Sara), Chantal Kreviazuk, Patty Schemel (Hole), Ndidi Onukwulu, Lily Frost, Megan James (Purity Ring), Rosina Kazi (Lal), Cris Derksen, Lowell, Little Scream, and many more!

After the screening, join us for a Q&A with filmmaker Stephanie Clattenburg, and host of the documentary, Kinnie Starr!

Recommended for ages 11+

Note: Andrea Warner will be offering a short intro at both screenings. She is a writer, music critic, and author of the acclaimed 2015 book, We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the '90s and Changed Canadian Music (Eternal Cavalier Press). Warner is an associate producer at CBC Music and co-hosts the weekly pop culture podcast, Pop This!. Pop culture, art, and feminism make her happy. Find her on twitter: @_AndreaWarner 

Themes: gender equality, music, feminism, perseverance, wage gap




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