The War is Never Over, the first, career-spanning documentary retrospective of the artist and spoken-word poet Lydia Lunch, will open at New York’s IFC Center on June 30. On the same day, the documentary will also open nation-wide in both theaters and virtual cinemas through Kino Marquee.
Directed by prolific, No-Wave filmmaker Beth B, The War is Never Over traces Lunch’s beginnings in the late ’70s New York City, downtown scene with her band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, a central pillar of the No-Wave music movement. The documentary follows Lunch’s storied career as an artist and legendary spoken-word poet, touching on her many collaborations with a diverse collective of artists, writers, and musicians including Alan Vega (Suicide), Hubert Selby Jr., and Nick Cave and Sonic Youth.
The film made its festival premiere last year to high acclaim as an official selection at the SXSW Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival. Lunch will be on tour concurrent with the release of the film in select cities. The film blends interviews with Lunch and those in her circle with archival footage of ’70s bands and photographs of New York City along with contemporary on-stage performances by Lunch.
Director Beth B states: “Lydia Lunch was 19, and I was 23, when we met in the late ‘70s New York music/film/art scene and brought our radical visions to the underground, where we broke boundaries, simultaneously shocking and enticing our audiences with our uncensored music and films.” She adds, “Fast forward to 2017, as I watched the ever brash and luminous Lydia Lunch performing with her extraordinary band, Retrovirus, I realized that I needed to make the definitive documentary about [her].”