|© 2006 by C. E. Murphy. All Rights Reserved.
2006 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
|FOLLOW MY VOICE: WITH THE MUSIC OF HEDWIG
I have to learn to trust what some of my friends tell me. When the
original stage production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH opened
I wasn't all that interested, mostly because the story about an East
German transsexual didn't exactly appeal to me. Well, I'm the first to admit
when I was wrong. Eventually, I got to see the play (when Matt McGrath
had the title role) and I was bowled over by the score. When John
Cameron Mitchell made the film version, I came to appreciate the show
Now director Katherine Linton has made a documentary (produced
by Mitchell and composer Stephen Trask) about the recording of the
show's score for an album earmarked to benefit the Hetrick-Martin
Institute and the Harvey Milk School, the first high school in the U.S.
geared specifically to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students.
Rather than make just a concert film, Linton hit on the idea
to follow several students at the Milk School as they navigate life.
At times the director stretches to find analogies between the songs
(recorded by various acts including The Polyphonic Spree, Yoko Ono
and Yo La Tengo, and Rufus Wainwright, to name a few) and events
in the kids' lives, but when she hits the mark, it can be profoundly moving.
For those interested in buying a copy of the album, Wig in a Box,
check out Off Records.