Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives
Women's rights, gay rights, anti-war protests: Holly Near's music speaks directly to the world's young political activists of today. The singer-songwriter's soaring anthems call for peace, feminism, LGBTQ equality, and all human rights. This new award-winning music doc (seen on PBS' American Masters series) features outstanding concert and rally scenes, and insights from Holly today. From 4 time Emmy winner Jim Brown. New interviews with Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, and more.
Sound: Stereo 2.0
- "What makes this cinematic gem shine are original interviews with Near and also New Left luminaries including Jane Fonda, Fonda’s former husband Tom Hayden of Chicago 7 notoriety, and Gloria Steinem. ... the film is a stirring ode to a politically engaged artist: Besides documenting Near’s remarkable life and oeuvre, Lives illuminates the process of creating art that synthesizes enlightenment and entertainment."
- "An outspoken political activist and singer-songwriter, Holly Near's music and life story illustrate how song can have the power to send a clarion call and influence the course of social justice - from the lesbian and women's movements to anti-war efforts and the fight to give South American women a voice. AMERICAN MASTERS - Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives explores how the activist-artist provided an inspiring soundtrack to nearly a half-century of global and local struggles for equality and change. "
Awards & Recognition
Mill Valley Film Festival