New documentary ‘Girl’ chronicles influential female DJs; seeks help to fund and spotlight the film
Though electronic music is known for being inclusive, there’s still a huge disparity when it comes to who – or more specifically, what gender – is performing behind the decks. At this year’s EDMBiz conference, Nielsen’s Vice President of Branded Music, Tatiana Oliveira Simonian, highlighted in a presentation that female DJs make up a mere 6% of the lineups of top North American EDM festivals.
Before dance music exploded into the mega-industry it is today and far before the 2015 EDMBiz statistics, Berlin native and documentary filmmaker Kandeyce Jorden set out twelve years ago to make a documentary about the pioneering women DJs who were making waves in the earlier days of electronic music.
Originally, Girl was intended to be a profile piece for several notable female DJs including DJ Rap, who played the first-ever Coachella Festival in 1999, DJ Irene, and DJ Collette, and provide background footage for a feature film that her then-husband was directing. The film took a more focused turn when Jorden met Sandra Collins, the legendary trance dynamo who performed at Woodstock 1999 and was the first female featured on Paul Oakenfold‘s Tranceport series (Oakenfold is a vocal supporter of the documentary). Other artists featured in the documentary include Armin van Buuren, Chemical Brothers, the Crystal Method, Prodigy, and Pryda.
The revolutionary film is now finished, but Jorden is seeking help to raise funds through an IndieGogo campaign to license the music in the film and pay the artists. In the meantime, you can check out the trailer here.