Girls on Girls

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“Girls On Girls”
A Patrick O’Neil Film © 2010
Running Time: 32 minutes.
Directed, filmed, edited, scored, and interviews conducted by Patrick O’Neil.
Post production: Patrick McCormick.
Premiered April 17, 2010 for Skate this Art, presented by Gallery 28, San Francisco CA.

“Girls on Girls” documents four generations of San Francisco women musicians, beginning with the mid 70’s punk rock movement that changed the music scene forever. A photo montage of legendary photographer James Stark’s black and white portraits of women punk musicians accompanied by VKTMS classic anthem “What’s a Girl to Do?” serves as a short history lesson and brings the film into the late 70’s. Introducing the next generation are The Contractions’ (1979-84) “Magazine Phobia” video and an interview with bass player Kathy Peck. Then Frightwig (1982-2003), with “Wanque Off Song,” set to a collage of band photos shot by the notorious SF punk scene photographer Bobby Castro and followed with an interview of guitarist Mia Simmans. Next, Dirtbox (1995 – 2001), with a montage of “fan” snapshots for their song “Spooning With a Strung Out Lover,” and an interview with lead singer Antonia Crane. The fourth band, Grass Widow (2007 to the present), embodies the present-day evolution of the punk genre. A live performance clip by videographer (((unartig))) of their song “Out of Body Experience” is followed by an interview with band members Hannah Lew, Lillian Maring, and Raven Mahon.

Published in Lunch Ticket Winter/Spring Issue (2014)

Photo: Bobby Castro

The YAA Girlz and The Deadly Sparks

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“The YAA Girlz and the Deadly Sparks”
A Patrick O’Neil Film © 2009
Running time: 12.5 minutes
Directed, Filmed, Edited, Scored, and Interviews Conducted by Patrick O’Neil.

Documentary consists of interviews with the YAA Girlz and the Deadly Sparks two all female skateboard “crews” from the punk rock days of the early 1980’s. The accompanying soundtrack is comprised of music from local SF punk bands of the era: Bad Posture, Fang, Afflicted, and Speed Racer.

Published in The Coachella Review Spring Issue (2010)

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Antonia Crane: SPENT


Patrick O’Neil: HOLD-UP

Background Photo: Sasha Stone

6 Responses

  1. Patrick…You rock and now I have a time line of when and where and who. Love every inch of every film, written words and music…Keep it coming..I love you madly…PattiMae

  2. RobinEye

    These are awesome Patrick! Thanks for shedding light on these fantastic and powerful women!

  3. Patrick

    Thanks PattMae – xo

  4. Patrick

    Just felt they were stories that had to be told Robin – appreciate you taking the time to check them out. And thanks for commenting.

  5. I am impressed. Having been around the scene in the 80’s this does some justice to it. Makes me think it would be good to do something about the Rock Against Racism scene that I was part of. Mary Malice was its driving force in SF back in the late seventies and early eighties.

  6. Patrick

    Thanks Gary. You should definitely do something re: the Rock Against Racism scene. I was at the one in Dolores Park in ’83(?). Appreciate you leaving a comment.