The Gits Movie

"Kerri O'Kane's new film 'The Gits' succeeds as a documentary—
she makes the viewer fall in love with her subject — and then some." -Sarah Bardeen - NPR

"'The Gits' tells a story as powerful as the music behind it." - Spin Magazine

"'The Gits' a true and tragic rock 'n' roll saga, emphasizes the legend of its title band
and the alluring qualities of lead singer Mia Zapata." - Phil Gallo - Daily Variety

"Kerri O’Kane (director) and Jessica Bender (producer) have constructed an engrossing,
genuinely moving portrait of the band and Zapata’s legacy" - Dennis Hartley - Air America Radio

"Kerri O’Kane’s bittersweet film is one of the most important documentaries of the last decade"
- Charlotte Richardson Andrews - UK's Wear The Trousers



When Jessy and I first heard The Gits, we both knew that this band was truly unique and innately talented. Here is the story of how The Gits film began:

Late one night in 2002, I was going through some books I had purchased for research on a documentary I was working on at the time. In so doing, I discovered an organization called "Home Alive". After reading further about this nonprofit collective, there was a name, Mia Zapata, and a dedication to her. What a cool name I thought and who was this woman? After surfing the net and finding dozens of sites about her it was clear that Mia was the singer of The Gits, and sadly, no longer with us. A flood of emotions streamed through me as I read the articles and dedications and learned about what happened to Mia Zapata....more

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The rousing and heartbreaking story of Seattle band The Gits, whose promising start was cut short by the tragic murder of spirited lead singer Mia Zapata. Rumored to have been descended from Mexican revolutionary, Emiliano Zapata, the incredibly magnetic frontwoman had a powerful, soulful voice that belied her inherent shyness and distinguished The Gits from other punk bands of that day...more