Doc Nighthosted by Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post. It will be screened Thursday December 13th - 7pm, at the Starz Film Center.
September 2007: Congratulations! The film The Gits has been accepted into the 27th Atlantic Film Festival. It will be screened as part of our Music & Image program. This year¹s Festival runs from Thursday, September 13, through Saturday, September 22, 2007, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
July 2007 - Recent reviews:
"Documentary specialist Kerri O'Kane details the rise of promising Seattle-based punk outfit The Gits, bringing their story to the screen for the benefit of Gits fans and anti-violence activists alike."The New York Times.
"The Gits is a stirring portrait of one of the great, largely unknown voices in music and how her loss is still felt to this day. The Gits is a treasure trove." Film Threat Magazine
"This beats with more heart and terrific music than 99.9% of what comes from Hollywood these days. From Kerri O¹Kane¹s direction to the music, everything works. " - Ain't it Cool News
"O'Kane deftly navigates the tension that arises between the end of a career and the loss of a human being." The Austin Chronicle
2007 SXSW Interactive Community Blog
July 26, 2007:
THE GITS will be going to Canada! "Greetings from Calgary, Canada, and the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF). Congratulations! We are very pleased to invite your film THE GITS: A DOCUMENTARY to be a part of our 2007 film festival. The Eighth Annual Calgary International Film Festival will take place from September 21 to September 30, 2007."
Calgary International Film Festival
THE GITS has officially been invited to the 21st Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) September 28-October 6. "The Edmonton International Film Festival has established a solid foundation for an annual autumn event destined to become a cinematic highlight on the Canadian film circuit for audiences and filmmakers alike." Edmonton International Film Festival


May 1, 2007: THE GITS has been invited to Resfest Brazil . We will have our Brazilian Premiere on Saturday May 19th at 5:30 pm.

Resfest Brasil
Largo Senador Raul Cardoso, 207
Vila Mariana | São Paulo
Sábado, 19/05
Às 17:30
Sala Cinemateca BNDES

February 16, 2007: SxSW announces screening times for "The Gits". The First Screening is OPENING NIGHT! March 9th, 9:45 p.m. at the Alamo Downtown, 409 Colorado St. "The Best Theatre in America" according to Entertainment Weekly. Also Screening March 15th, 4:30pm at the Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St. SXSW Screenings

January 18, 2007: "THE GITS" IS INVITED TO THE SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FILM FESTIVAL (SXSW)! We received standing ovations at each one of our screenings in 2005. We were also approached by friends and fans of The Gits who had amazing footage of the band as well as stories that we felt were essential to document the history of this amazing band.

After many years of hard work we have been invited to screen at SXSW this March in Austin, Texas. It is a great honor for us to be invited to a film festival which is considered by many to be in the top ten of all film festivals worldwide. Click here for SXSW Website

Here is what they had to say to us: CONGRATULATIONS! We're pleased to confirm that 'The Gits', has been selected for screening at the 2007 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival March 9th - March 17th, 2007 in Austin, TX. This year, SXSW received a record number of submissions, so competition was especially tough. We are proud of our program this year, and we are especially pleased that you have chosen SXSW as a venue to showcase your work!

October 13, 2005 UPDATE: "The Gits" will be screened at The Olympia Film Festival in Olympia, Washington on November 11 at 9pm at the Capitol Theatre. For more info

September 16, 2005 UPDATE: "The Gits" will be screened at the 6th annual Port Townsend Film Festival in Port Townsend Washington: Friday Sept, 23 at 9pm at the Rosebud Cinema and Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10pm at the Broughton Theatre. Call 360 379-1333 to confirm times and venues. For more info

May 11, 2005 UPDATE: "The Gits" is screening for the Seattle International Film Festival at: The Egyptian Sat May 28th at 9pm and Monday May 30 at 3:45pm. Check out to get tickets.

March 29, 2005 UPDATE: On March 4th "The Gits" a Documentary was accepted as an official selection of the 31st Annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), where it will have its Worldwide Premiere. SIFF runs from May 19th through June 12. The following is an excerpt from the acceptance letter describing the festival:
"SIFF is the largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States with 175,000 attendees expected in 2005 and screens a wide selection of the best new international features and documentaries.  The 25-day festival presents over 200 films from over 50 countries. With extensive local, national and international media coverage, the Festival has emerged as the country's most accessible and most highly publicized film event. SIFF is one of 6 North American Film Festivals along with Telluride, Toronto, New York, Sundance and New Directors/New Films in which a film's presentation qualifies it for the prestigious Independent Spirit Awards."

May 24, 2004 UPDATE: Mia Zapata's killer is found guilty and sentenced to more than 36 years in prison - 10 years longer than the standard maximum for felony murder. (For more you can read the Seattle Times article here.) You can view the video (in part) that was played for the judge at the sentencing hearing on April 29, 2004 by clicking on the link below:

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Feb 6, 2003 UPDATE: REMAINING MEMBERS OF GITS PRESENT MOVIE AND REMIX OF ALBUM WHILE MIA ZAPATA'S KILLER IS IN CUSTODY AWAITING EXTRADICTION TO SEATTLE The remaining members of Seattle's seminal post-punk/rock outfit The Gits - guitarist Joe Spleen (a.k.a Andrew Kessler), bass player Matthew Fred Dresdner, and drummer Steve Moriarty - are working with famed Seattle engineer Jack Endino to re-mix their two full-length releases. "Frenching the Bully" (1992) and "Enter ...the Conquering Chicken" 1994) are being re-mixed and re-mastered for release this summer on San Francisco-based indie Broken Rekids. The albums will also include bonus tracks not previously available on the original releases.

The Gits have also been working with Director Kerri O'Kane and Producer Jessica Bender on "The Gits", a film about Zapata and The Gits. The film will be shown at the Experience Music Project's JBL Theater, located at 2901 Third Avenue North Seattle, Washington 98109, in effort to raise funds to finish the project. The sneak preview on Saturday March 8,2003 at 7:00 p.m. is open to the public and donations are tax deductible.

Commenting on the re-issues and film, the band had this to say: "The remixes of the albums and the film are projects that we had been working on for over a year and I think Mia is going to have the last word after all!" These two projects are happening during a very painful, yet healing time for the band. Front woman Mia Zapata was brutally murdered on July 7, 1993 and found on a street in Seattle's Central Area. Her murder has been unsolved - until recently. After a devastating and exhausting nine and a half-year search the remaining members of the band believe the police have the murderer of their friend and band mate in custody.

"I feel that this latest development may finally start the healing process after almost ten bloody years. It's about time, but it will never bring Mia back," comments Gits drummer Steve Moriarty.

A 48-year old Cuban native now living in Florida, Jesus C. Mezquia, a fisherman and laborer with a history of violent assaults on women, is being held without bail at the Miami-Dade County Jail on a fugitive warrant for murder and violation of probation.

At a bond hearing Monday, January 13, Mezquia told Florida's Senior County Court Judge Gerald Klein that he plans to contest his extradition on charges of First-Degree Murder, said assistant state attorney Pamela England.

Mezquia will be assigned a public defender to represent him at an extradition hearing on February 12.

On Thursday, January 9th Seattle's King County Prosecutor's Office filed the first-degree murder charge. But because Zapata was raped, it's possible that Mezquia's charge could be amended to aggravated first-degree murder. Aggravated first-degree murder can carry the death penalty in Washington State.

Mezquia was linked to Zapata's murder through a DNA sample, which police at the time of the crime had denied existed. The positive DNA match was found through a national data bank for investigators.

The Gits wish to thank everyone who has supported them throughout the long, painful years of the private murder investigation. Now on to some healing and the continued legacy of The Gits!

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For more information, photo requests, or to speak with a member of The Gits regarding "The Gits" movie and the re-release of "Frenching the Bully" and "Enter ... the Conquering Chicken", please contact Alex Steininger @ In Music We Trust PR: 503-557-9661 or

Contact: Alex Steininger @ In Music We Trust PR - 503 557-9661