Rock N Roll Mamas

  • Directed by Jackie Weissman
  • United States/Portland, 2012, 60 mins., English

VISITING ARTIST—Over the course of six years, Jackie Weissman brought her camera into the lives of three indie rockers who also happen to be mothers: Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols, and hiphop artist Ms. Su’ad. The film takes us into their daily lives as they wrestle with economic instability, the rigors of touring with children, and “normalizing” home life, all interwoven with the blood, sweat, and personal fulfillment they find in performing. In the course of the film, Hersh loses her tour bus and her savings; McCabe wants a second child but realizes she doesn’t have the childcare to support that choice; and Su’ad, a single mom, tries to make ends meet during the day while performing at night. “It is a mixture that is not the glamorous life we imagine when we think of rock musicians—it’s the reality.”—South by Southwest Festival.

Appears in: Northwest Tracking

Genres: Documentary