The documentary “Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All” will get a theatrical release in the spring.
Directed by Alexandria Bombach, the film, which has been screened at multiple film festivals including Sundance, explores the iconic, lesbian folk-rock band’s 40 years of singing “radical self-acceptance.”
“We are so excited that folks can now go see the film in a theater near them,” Indigo Girls’ Emily Sailers said in a press release. “It is a beautiful documentary that captures the life force of our community. Now our community has an opportunity to see it on the big screen — we are thankful for that.”
“Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All” includes “intimate,” contemporary conversations and home video band footage spanning decades. The documentary focuses on the “criminally overlooked” duo’s career of activism in the face of misogyny, homophobia, and a “harsh cultural climate chastising them for not fitting into a female pop star mold.”
Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray said in the release that “the ideal of ‘community’ has informed our music and activism” even from “our earliest days at Little Five Points Community Pub in Atlanta.”
“We feel blessed to have worked with such a compelling crew of folks, who created a document that reflects the vital part our audience, activists, friends, family, and mentors play in our ongoing creative lives,” Ray said. “As in all things we have endeavored, a grassroots movement seems to be the key to spreading the word, so we are excited to put it out there and let it grow.”
Dates and locations for film showings have not yet been announced.
The film was acquired recently by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
“The Indigo Girls are a band that has been criminally overlooked by the mainstream system they’ve navigated through for decades, yet they’ve managed to connect with countless fans in spite of that. Much like Amy and Emily, Alexandria’s portrait defies typically,” said Dan Berger of Oscilloscope. “While most band documentaries adhere to the same mold, this one dares to be different. It’s a fitting and all too appropriate portrait of a couple of badass humans that deserve nothing less.”