‘Linda Perry: Let It Die Here’ documentary to premiere at Tribeca Festival

The documentary “Linda Perry: Let It Die Here” will premiere at the Tribeca Festival in June, Mercury Studios and Utopia Originals said Thursday.

Linda Perry’s hat, tattoos, and the massive 1992 hit single “What’s Up” with her band 4 Non-Blondes made her recognizable. But in the decades since that song topped the charts, Perry, 59, has reinvented herself as a songwriter and producer penning hit-after-hit for artists like Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Pink, among others.

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Away from music, Perry began a relationship with actress Sara Gilbert in 2011. They announced their engagement in April 2013 and married on March 30, 2014.

Gilbert gave birth to their son on Feb. 28, 2015. Perry was the stepmother of Gilbert’s son, 12, and daughter, 15, from a previous relationship with television producer Ali Adler.

In December 2019, Gilbert filed for divorce from Perry.

“It’s pretty amazing I turned out the way I did. Everything  else was running against me,” Perry says in the documentary. “

“Because I was abused mentally, emotionally, physically as a child, I developed a pattern as an adult of self abuse. I live in stress and high anxiety. It’s like I validate myself by working and working and working and staying in the struggle. If I have one day off, I beat myself up.”

“Linda Perry: Let It Die Here” is “an intimate look at a vulnerable and courageous woman as she navigates life-altering  personal circumstances amidst gnawing career decisions. Linda’s past and present collide as she seeks to answer the big questions she can no longer avoid:  Who am I? Am I loved? What’s my purpose? What will I leave behind?,” according to a film synopsis.

This year’s Tribeca Festival, which runs from June 5-16 in New York City, has a program of 103 feature films from 114 filmmakers spanning 48 countries. The lineup features 86 world premieres, two international premieres, six North American premieres and eight New York premieres.

“When I watched this documentary for the first time, I felt proud of how revealing it is, and a little scared. It gave me some clarity, because I was able to separate myself from the character on the screen and feel empathy for her,” Perry said in a statement.

Don Hardy (“Citizen Penn,” “Pick of the Litter,” “Theory of Obscurity”) directed the documentary.

“Linda is one of the most iconic and original artists of our time, and I feel incredibly honored to have been let into her private world over the past couple of years,” Hardy said in the statement. “It was a tumultuous time for Linda, and bearing witness to her struggles and triumphs through it all made a profound impact on all of us involved.”

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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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