Viva Zapata

There are no shortage of flicks about dead singers these days — but The Gits, which debuts tonight, is a documentary with a difference. The movie, directed by Kerri O'Kane, tells the story of the Seattle-based title group, which was on the cusp of breaking nationally when charismatic lead singer Mia Zapata was raped and murdered in 1993. This senseless crime wasn't solved until 2003, when a man was arrested on the strength of DNA evidence. Fortunately, the film is not a police procedural; instead, O'Kane concentrates on Zapata and those she left behind. The Gits works as an introduction to a promising artist just beginning to realize her potential, as well as a moving portrait of artists and friends forced to confront the unthinkable.

O'Kane and executive producer Jessy Bender appear in person at the film’s 7 p.m. screening at Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli Student Union. Tickets are $5.75 to $8.75, and a free reception follows. Get details at 303-595-3456 or www.denverfilm.org.
Thu., Dec. 13, 7 p.m., 2007

 
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