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DOWN AND OUT
WITH THE DOLLS
Cast: Zoe Poledouris, Kinnie Starr, Melody Moore, Nicole Barrett, Coyote Shivers, Lemmy Kilmister, Brendan O'Hara, Sierra Feldner-Shaw, Jennifer Shepard, Mikael Jehanno, Inger Lorre, Janis Tanaka, Kate Merrill
Director: Kurt Voss
USA: 88 mins
USA Rated: R for strong sexuality, language and some drug/alcohol use
USA Release Date: 21 March 2003 (Limited Release)
DOWN AND OUT WITH THE DOLLS is a raunchy, wry and in-your-face tale of the fast rise and fall of an all-girl, four-piece Portland rock band, The Paper Dolls.
Working day jobs while dreaming of success, aspiring young rockers Kali (Nicole Barrett), Lavender (Melody Moore) and Reggie (Kinnie Starr) get the jump start they need when local legend Fauna (Zoe Poledouris), singer for the seminal (if utterly obscure) Goth band The Snogs, joins them as lead singer. Ousted from her home and her band by her erratic, Eurotrash boyfriend Paulo (Mikael Jehanno), Fauna has been thrust back to square one. Street-wise and opportunistic, she stumbles upon the other girls, recognizing their usefulness as a ready-made and pliable supporting band with which to launch her umpteenth campaign for stardom. It doesn't hurt that guitarist Kali, recently rekindled a childhood friendship with Levi (Coyote Shivers), lead singer of The Suicide Bombers, a hometown band on the fast track to being acquired by local indie label Pop Up Records. Realizing that the Levi connection could prove decisive, scheming Fauna takes star-struck Kali under her wing. What better way to seize control of the band?
Outrageous and droll, and marked by an appreciation for the way aspiring musicians live and scrounge, DOWN AND OUT WITH THE DOLLS is an underground comic book come to life, and features numerous cameos by real-life rockers, including Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Janice Tanaka (L7), Inger Lorre (ex-Nymphs) and Coyote Shivers.