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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: BLU-RAY/DVD
  • SKU: MVD9875D
  • UPC: 760137987598
  • Street Date: 10/27/17
  • PreBook Date: 09/08/17
  • Label: MVD VISUAL »
  • Genre: Alternative/Punk
  • Run Time: 87:33 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
  • Year of Production: 2017
  • Director: Sarah Price
  • Producers: Robert Fagan, Maria Aceves
  • Actors: Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch, Dee Plakas
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English


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L7 - Pretend We're Dead

Witness the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of these fierce feminist pioneers of Rock and Roll

L7 - Pretend We
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L7: Pretend We're Dead takes us on an all-access journey into the 1990's grunge movement that took the world by storm, and the band that helped define it as the genre of a generation. Culled from over 100 hours of vintage home movies taken by the band, never-before-seen performance footage, and candid interviews, L7: Pretend We're Dead is an engrossing time capsule told from the perspective of L7, these true insiders who brought their signature blend of grunge punk to the masses! Chronicling the early days of the band's formation in 1985 to their height as the 'queens of grunge,' the film takes a roller coaster ride through L7's triumphs and failures, providing never-before-discussed insight into the band's eventual dissolution in 2001. Formed by Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner-guitars/vocals, the band completed their lineup with the addition of Jennifer Finch on bass/vocals and Dee Plakas on drums. To highlight the fact that L7 was an all-female group, however, was to miss the point. "Our fans couldn't give a shit if we're women," Sparks says. "We did not set out to be an all-girl band. It just happened that way." Yet the "gender issue" would return time and again for the band; from shock jocks refusing to play "chick rock" to academics accusing the band of "incorrectly" embracing their feminism to hard rock press implying the band was merely riding a wave of "grrl power" trendiness. Despite these obstacles, L7: Pretend We're Dead shows the thread of influence the band had not only on rock and roll but on future generations of women everywhere and is, at the end, a testament to the pioneering spirit of a band that refuses to take anything lying down. "They can't hear a word we said, when we pretend that we're dead" Also includes the infamous 1997 documentary "L7 The Beauty Process" that was directed by Krist Novoselic.


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Bonus Materials

  • Tongue-in-cheek pseudo-documentary L7: The Beauty Process, Directed by Nirvana's Krist Novoselic
  • Bonus scenes featuring members of Faith No More, Fugazi, Helmet, Nirvana and more.
  • Pretend We're Dead performed Live in Studio, Holland 1992
  • Shove performed Live performed Live in Studio, Holland 1992
  • Includes 12 page photo booklet

Sales Points

  • Theatrical release and campaign
  • Director by Sarah Price with Director and Band Promotion Available
  • Highly engaged Facebook and social media presence for L7, with targeted marketing campaign scheduled
  • Featuring interviews with Joan Jett, Shirley Manson, Krist Novoselic, Butch Vig, Exene Cervenka, Brody Dalle, Louise Post, Lydia Lunch, CSS, Allison Robertson, Valerie Agnew, CSS, Alison Wolfe
  • Audience Award Los Angeles Punk Film Festival
  • Audience Award Winner NOISE POP Festival, San Francisco
  • World Premiere at DOC NYC

Press Quotes

'Feminist punk-rockers rejoice!' 'L7: Pretend We're Dead' Tells The Story Behind This Badass Feminist Punk Band


'Honest and Raw!'


'L7: Pretend We're Dead Restores the Legacy of One of L.A.'s Best Bands'


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