Documentary Rock N Roll Mamas Examines the Art of Parenting, While On Tour

Being a parent is hard. Everyone with kids knows this, everyone who is avoiding having kids knows this too. Now imagine having kids while you're on tour: Weeks on the road, late nights, long drives, questionable eating and sleeping opportunities all while trying to be the best parent you can be.

Rock N Roll Mamas is a feature length documentary that follows three women who made their children a part of their life in music. Shot over six years it features Kristen Hersh (Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave), Zia McCabe (Dandy Worhols), Ms. Su'ad and their children.
"The verite style of this film takes the viewer into the daily grind of these women’s lives. We watch the women as they tour and perform, go to play dates, juggle childcare, and get to gigs. It is a mixture that isn’t the glamorous life we imagine when we think of rock musicians, it’s the reality."

Director Jackie Wiseman says that she originally began the project when her own son was 3, in an effort to better understand how to balance parenting with her creative endeavors.
"I thought the thesis would be that these strong women are a great example because they can do it all; but after filming them over the last six years, I saw that no one, not even strong women, can do everything well … Instead of doing it all perfectly, these women struggle and make mistakes but persevere as they strive to live their lives on their own terms – and this is why they set a great example. Celebrity or not, ultimately all women must labor with the stadium-sized challenges of parenting. ROCK N ROLL MAMAS’ new thesis, or “mamafesto,” is that all moms who get through the day-to-day doing the best that they can are “rock stars.”

Rock & Roll Mamas is expected to hit festivals in 2013, you can find out more, and watch a trailer at the web site rocknrollmamas.com and stay updated about when and where it is playing by liking the Facebook Page and/or following on Twitter @rockmamafilms.


Musician Kristin Hersh and son Bodhi

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