‘Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All’ documentary coming in 2024

The documentary “Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All” will get a theatrical release this week for only one day.

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.”

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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.”

Indigo Girls Documentary

The documentary “Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All” will get a theatrical release in the spring. Directed by Alexandria Bombach, the film explores the iconic folk-rock band’s 40 years of singing “radical self-acceptance.” Photo provided by Oscilloscope Laboratories

The film will play on Wednesday on movie screens across the U.S. and have a video on demand release on May 7.

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.”

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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