Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

SLAVES TO THE UNDERGROUND

 

Year: 1996
Country: USA
Run Time: 94 minutes

The radical-feminist band No Exits rocks Seattle with its profane lyrics and (em)power(ment) chords. When the ladies aren't playing onstage, then they're not playing around, meting out vigilante justice to porn peddlers and accused rapists. But things are less than harmonious between the group's two co-founders. Frontwoman/warrior princess Suzy believes the music is a means to a political end in combating sexism and oppression. She doesn't see the irony in linking No Exits' extremist tactics to an organization named Stop the Violence. Her lover and guitarist Shelly, meanwhile, only feels truly fulfilled when performing songs for music's sake, and realizes that she's still in tune with her former boyfriend, the don't-label-me cartoonist Jimmy. The incompatible trio makes up a lively and quirky Gen-X romantic triangle set inside the post-grunge Seattle club scene, with its leaden skies, 'zines, riot grrls, and the godlike presence of Microsoft. Only one Nirvana reference, honest! - Charles Cassady

Screenplay
Bill Cody

Director
Kristine Peterson

Producer
Kristine Peterson, Bill Cody, Raquel Cabelles Maxwell

Cinematography
Zoran Hochstatter

Editing
Eric Vizents

Principal Cast
Molly Gross, Jason Bortz, Marisa Ryan, James Garver, Natacha Laferriere

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