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2008 Who’s Afraid of Kathy Acker?

Austrian Docs

Who’s Afraid of Kathy Acker? / Barbara Caspar

Who’s Afraid of Kathy Acker? is the first film to explore the outrageous life and times of the banned American writer, Kathy Acker, a woman who lived her life without boundaries. Named one of America’s original “outlaw writers” by the New York Times, Acker created challenging and sexually graphic fiction rooted in the same New York underground scene which inspired the worldwide punk movement.The film covers every aspect of Acker’s life, from her wild early years in New York City to her untimely death in Tijuana, Mexico, of breast cancer in 1997. Caspar’s film is a multi-layered, artistic tour de force - a sophisticated mix of animation, graphic text and filmed re-enactments of scenes from Acker’s bestseller Blood & Guts in High School, shot in NYC, as well as a host of interviews with leading figures of the time connected with Kathy, including William Burroughs, Kathleen Hanna & Bikini Kill, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Barney Rosset, and Ira Silverberg.


Director:Barbara Caspar
Script:Barbara Caspar, Andrew Standen-Raz
Cinematography:Marco Zimprich
Editing:Karina Ressler, Julia Kloiber, Claudia Nussbaumer, Markus Bader. Animations: Jörg Vogeltanz, Anna-Maria Jung
Sound:Chris Bravo, Sean Flood
Music:Roland Hackl - Steadyworks Werner Leiner, Thomas Pronai
Producer:Annette Pisacane, Barbara Caspar, Markus Fischer
Production:Cameo Film- und Fernsehproduktion & Fragile Features & Fischer Film
Format:Digibeta Color
Production Country:Germany, Austria
Duration:87'
Production Year:2008
World Sales:Fragile Features, Austria Barbara caspar b.caspar@mac.com
Screening Schedule
STAVROS TORNES:Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 22:00
GOETHE:Friday, March 20, 2009 - 20:30
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