A film about a Seattle band with a front-woman from Louisville makes its regional premiere in a film festival here Thursday.
Mia Zapata sang with “The Gits,” which was on a trajectory among other Seattle grunge bands in 1993 when Zapata was raped and murdered. The documentary called “The Gits” is about Zapata’s work with the band, her murder and the conviction of her killer in 2004.
The film played this year at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. Producer Jessica Bender says audience reactions have varied.
“They’re inspired by Mia,” Bender says. “They’re very sad that she’s gone and we’ve had many people just crying after the film. Some people get very angry that this has happened to her. Some get very excited because they’ve been introduced to this whole library of songs because they actually have many albums.”
Bender says she wants it to bring attention to the music and to violence against women.
“I think it makes you angry that this amazing woman was taken away way too young, with way too much to do in her life, by a brutal murder,” she says. “On top of that, this happens all of the time and I feel that there’s not enough awareness about it, that it just seems to be a non-issue.”
Bender will talk after the film’s showing, which launches The Last Call Film Festival at The Rudyard Kipling.