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Kickstarter campaign launched to fund Lydia Lunch documentary

The feature-length film will be made by her longtime friend, the film maker Beth B

Beth B is in the process of making a feature length documentary about spoken word artist, writer and performer Lydia Lunch. Called Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over, the film will follow her to her hometown Rochester and accompany her on tour, telling her story through interviews with the artist and the people she has worked with.

Beth B has already begun filming, interviewing Lunch at New York's Roxy Hotel. She's also talked to Nicolas Jaar - with whom Lunch collaborated on a spoken word piece, and performance artist Bibbe Hansen.

“I've known and worked with Lydia Lunch since she was 19 and I was 23,” says Beth B. “We grew up in the late 70s New York music/film/art scene and brought our radical visions to the underground where we broke boundaries, both shocking and enticing our audiences with our uncensored music and films. Fast forward to several months ago, as I watched the ever brash and luminous Lydia Lunch performing with her extraordinary band Retrovirus, I realised that I needed to make the definitive documentary.”

Money raised through the crowdfunding campaign will go toward filming Lunch’s forthcoming tour with Retrovirus, and conducting interviews with the likes of Thurston Moore, Donita Sparks and JG Thirlwell, among others. Those who make a pledge can select from a range of rewards including a copy of the film, archival posters, tapes, photos and more, depending on the amount pledged. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised $14,645 out of the $50,000 goal with 18 days to go.