Rock’n’Roll Mother’s Day

Filmmaker Jackie Weissman with Melanie and Peter Warren

Filmmaker Jackie Weissman with Melanie and Peter Warren

Last Saturday, to get in the mood for Mother’s Day, I hosted a screening of Jackie Weissman’s fascinating documentary Rock N Roll Mamas. The goal was to raise attention and funds for this independent film, and to get people thinking and talking about what it means to be a working musician mom. We screened the movie outdoors on our patio, with the ocean rolling behind us. Afterwards, the Portland-based filmmaker answered questions.

RnR Mamas documents three women — Throwing Muse Kristin Hersh, Zia McCabe of the Dandy Warhols, and MC Ms. Su’ad — as they try to raise their children and follow their muse. Their specific stories raise a lot of important general questions about parental balance, working conditions for musicians, and plain old patriarchy. The discussion afterward was deep, and the mood of the beautiful San Pedro night magical, as at least one participant said.

Thanks to Jackie for making this film, and to everyone who came. Happy Mother’s Day!

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