Sisters with Transistors
Dir. Lisa Rovner / UK / 2020 / 84’
Director: Lisa Rovner
Screenplay: Lisa Rovner
Editing: Michael Aaglund, Mariko Montpetit, Kara Blake
Sound: Marta Salogni
Narrator: Laurie Anderson
Producer: Anna Lena Vaney
Production: Anna Lena Films
World sales: Monoduo Films (Ben Bessauer)
Language: English, French
“Sisters with Transistors” is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. The film maps a new history of electronic music through the visionary women whose radical experimentations with machines redefined the boundaries of music, including Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, and Laurie Spiegel. With Laurie Anderson as the narrator, we embark on a fascinating journey through the evolution of electronic music. “Sisters with Transistors” is more than just the history of a music genre: it's the story of how we hear and the critical but little-known role female pioneers play in that story.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
SXSW, CPH:DOX (Special Mention: Next:Wave), Sheffield Doc/Fest, AFI Fest, Tampere Film Festival, Punto de Vista - International Documentary Film Festival, J.ihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Supersonic Festival, NI Science Festival, Festival du nouveau cinéma, Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Ars Independent Festival, Avant Art
Lisa Rovner is a French American artist and filmmaker based in London. All of her creative projects, ranging from short films, music videos, adverts to art exhibitions are strung together by a fascination with the archives and sound and her underlying aspiration to transform politics and philosophy into cinematographic spectacle. Rovner has collaborated with some of the most internationally respected artists and brands including Pierre Huyghe, Liam Gillick, Sebastien Tellier, Maison Martin Margiela and Acne.. Currently, she is in development on an episodic comedy about the art world and on a television series about revolutionary architecture. “Sisters with Transistors” is her first feature documentary.