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How ‘Tomboy’ Filmmaker Used SXSW Cancellation to Refine Her Film



“Tomboy” filmmaker Lindsay Lindenbaum spent 5 years following 4 feminine drummers making an attempt to make it in a male-dominated world.

Lindenbaum profiles Bobbye Corridor, a drummer who began at Motown Information within the late ’60s and later toured with Bob Dylan. Samantha Maloney, whose obsession with MTV’s “Headbangers Ball” as a teen led her to fall in love with rock music and the band Motley Crue. Ten years later, Maloney is acting on stage with Courtney Love, drumming for the alt-rock band Gap and dwelling the dream as Motley Crue’s drummer. There’s Chase Noelle, a performer for the all-women punk band Boytoy. Lastly, Bo-Pah Sledge is the driving drive behind The Sledge Grits Band, a lady group that includes her sisters.

“Tomboy” was headed to SXSW till the coronavirus pandemic led to the competition’s cancellation. Lindenbaum had labored tirelessly within the enhancing room to get the documentary locked and prepared in time for her movie’s premiere. “We didn’t know what was going to come back of the competition,” Lindenbaum says. “However the considered seeing it on display screen with the drummers in attendance saved us going day in, time out within the last phases of the edit.”

Whereas the cancellation information got here as an enormous disappointment, it gave her time to refine the image and hopefully discover a residence for “Tomboy” when that is throughout.

She recollects all the time being drawn to drummers at any time when she went to concert events and noticing almost all drummers had been males. “The primary lady I noticed was Merrill Garbus within the Tune-Yards. I simply keep in mind after I noticed her rise up on stage and seeing her drum wildly and fiercely. She was unafraid to take up house,” Lindenbaum says.

Garbus struck a chord together with her and compelled her to look into the world of feminine drummers. “I wished to know why there weren’t extra individuals and girls drumming like Merrill.”

Because the filmmaker investigated, she discovered there have been certainly feminine drummers on the market; they merely weren’t within the limelight.

Lindenbaum settled on the 4 tales we see within the movie as a result of “it stated one thing fascinating about what it meant to be an artist and a girl balancing the calls for of life and the fervour to play music.”

Not solely did Lindenbaum wish to characteristic ladies of various ages, however she additionally wished to verify there was variety within the group. As distinctive as their tales had been, in addition they had parallels that allowed them to be weaved collectively. All of the drummers had been going by means of one thing important of their private lives. “It was these parts that made their tales so relatable. They had been experiencing one thing collectively that the viewers may hook up with.”

Interweaving the tales was necessary to Lindenbaum, but additionally posted a problem: ensuring every character obtained the time she deserved. “The method of enhancing was difficult as a result of the tales bounce forwards and backwards — between archives and current day,” she explains.

Lindenbaum had spent 5 years lensing the story (she additionally served because the movie’s cinematographer) and was capable of finding these excellent factors to transition from one character to the subsequent.

Lindenbaum’s important purpose was to point out the wrestle of the music business, and share tales of ladies who made their mark and girls who search to seek out their manner within the music world. However Lindenbaum is eager to remind people who there are lots of feminine tales on the market … you simply should look.

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