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Joan Jett, “The Runaways” rock Sundance

January 25, 2010

So, maybe you thought the Sundance Film Festival was just about movies? Think again.

A big part of a successful movie is a good score, hit song or great soundtrack. Any director or producer will tell you music can make or break a film, and each year the festival promotes music seminars to help filmmakers learn the ins-and-outs of creating or picking good tunes. Also, the festival will screen a few films dealing with musicians, bands or the recording industry, and this year is no exception.

“The Runaways,” which tells the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll story of the all-girl 1970s-era band of the same name led by Joan Jett, brought youthful energy and starpower to  Sundance 2010′s opening weekend. You can read about the movie here. Stars Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart were in town for the movie’s premiere.  Fanning portrays Cherie Currie, whose career as the Runaways lead singer flamed-out as a teenager due to alcohol and drug use, and Stewart is Joan Jett. Jett, with her band The Blackhearts, continues to rock into her 50s and while the movie does not open until March, she was at Sundance playing a Saturday night gig at Harry O’s. We were there and put together the brief video clip above.


awesoome! do u ha ve more vis with the whole song?
thank u for the vid.. u re very lucky

Posted by belljett | Report as abusive

Sounds like some wild stories will be depicted in the movie. Not sure
how many people are aware, but several members of the Runaways have
gone onto successful careers. Joan’s been great for years, Vicki Blue
is a movie producer, Jackie Fox is a lawyer, Lita is one of the
greatest female guitarists ever. Cherie has been a chain saw carver
and a major cancer fighter.
Unfortunately, Sandy died of cancer a few years ago, but was
acknowledged as one of the greatest drummers of rock and roll.

The Runaways were and remain super women.

Posted by Cherie1Fan | Report as abusive

The movie actually opens in US theaters in late March.

Posted by lolktxbai | Report as abusive

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