Thursday, September 07, 2006

Follow my Voice: With the Music of Hedwig

Caught this last night on Sundance and adored it. Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell, along with a record producer and several top indie/alt musicians create a Hedwig tribute album -Wig in a Box - to benefit Harvey Milk High School, the first school for LGBT students. Along the way we meet four Harvey Milk Students and learn their stories while also watching the Hedwig tribute album take shape.

Through video diary entries and chronicling the world around them, the four explain who they are, where they're coming from and invite us along for part of the journey.

In between, Frank Black does a raucous take on Sugar Daddy, Yoko Ono and Yo La Tengo team up for Hedwig's Lament/Exquisite Corpse, Cyndi Lauper offers a moving version of Midnight Radio and TMBG creates a puppet version of The Long Grift.

Great film, great music, and they raised $25,000 in proceeds for the school.

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