Monday, June 19, 2006

Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig

John Cameron Mitchell and Stephan Trask created the cultural phenomenon that is Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the story of an East German transsexual who comes to America after a botched sex-change operation, to become a punk singer. Chris Slusarenko was inspired to create a tribute album for Hedwig, with the proceeds to go to Harvey Milk High School in New York City, a public high school that creates a safe space for students of all genders and sexual orientations. Follow My Voice profiles four of the Harvey Milk students and tracks the process of creating the tribute album. Filmmaker Katherine Linton focuses on the students' stories as they deal with coming of age and coming out.

If you're a Hedwig fan, then Follow My Voice is an obvious must-see, but even if you're not, the story of Harvey Milk High School and the four students is compelling.

The tribute album, Wig in a Box, is available from Off Records.

Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig, dir. Katherine Linton, 2005 USA, 110 min.

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