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Camera as Witness Presents Documentary FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK

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Camera as Witness Stanford Arts Presents Summer series MOVING FORWARD WITH MUSIC

co-presented with Asian American Activities Center, Center for Asian American Media, Coupa Café, Department of Music, Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Film Society, Stanford Research Park  and The World House Project

Reception 5:30PM Screening 6:00PM

(Canada/USA, 92 min)
Director: Bobbi Jo Hart
Producers: Bobbi Jo Hart, Robbie Hart

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Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina-American sisters got together with other teenage girls to play music. Little did they know their garage band would evolve into the legendary rock group Fanny, the first all-women band to release an LP with a major record label. Despite releasing 5 critically-acclaimed albums over 5 years, touring with famed bands from SLADE to CHICAGO and amassing a dedicated fan base of music legends including David Bowie, Fanny's groundbreaking impact in music was written out of history... until bandmates reunite 50 years later with a new rock record deal. The film includes interviews with Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Bonnie Raitt, The Go-Go's Kathy Valentine, Todd Rundgren, The Runaways' Cherie Currie, Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, The B52's Kate Pierson, Charles Neville and David Bowie guitarist and bassist Earl Slick and Gail Ann Dorsey. Fighting early barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, and now ageism, the incredible women of Fanny are ready to claim their hallowed place in the halls of rock 'n' roll fame.

Reception with the filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart, the member of the band FANNY, Brie Darling,  and music producer, rapper and scientist, Ruby Ibarra, hosted by Coupa Café Stanford Research Park at 5:30PM

Please join us for the panel discussion after the screening with the filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart, the member of the band FANNY, Brie Darling, music producer, rapper and scientist, Ruby Ibarra and  Erina Alejo, Program Associate, Office of the Vice President of the Arts, moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Stanford Arts Camera as Witness Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival UNAFF.

Music performance will follow the panel discussion.

FREE and open to the general public.

All attendees, guests, panelists, staff and volunteers have to be fully vaccinated or negative-tested. Stanford University strongly recommends masking indoors and in crowded outdoor settings.