“Leah Zicari Bootlegged – A 20 Year Retrospective” is a montage of photos, videos, television appearances and interviews spanning the past 20 years of Leah’s career. From her 1986 classical guitar performance at her father’s memorial concert to her 2005 opening act performance for Suzanne Westenhoefer, this DVD delightfully compiles a well-rounded variety of material that takes you through the many facets of Leah’s experience as a performer. The viewer accompanies her on her journey from her early days of performing primarily in the GLBT circuit to the latter years of her career performing on the Indie singer/songwriter scene.
The DVD begins with a photo montage underscored by her song “This Is Me” (from her Pretty on Thursday CD) which sets the tone for the woman you are about to meet. Again. In it the viewer is taken through a myriad of emotions through the honest telling of her songs and her self-deprecating humor. There are plenty of cracks made about her varying hairstyles and –in her words- lack of fashion sense.
Among the tidbits you will find Leah performing in an empty café wearing a nun’s veil superimposed with video from Toronto’s Dykes on Bikes, a revised version of her song “I Wanna Be Wrong”, and a performance of the never-released song “Safe Hands”. There is even a chapter called “Extras” with random clips that didn’t quite fit the main chapter, culminating in a slow motion shot of Leah spitting a pick out of her mouth.
The DVD was conceived and produced by artist Joy Argento. Her seamless and clever treatment of the material makes for a viewing experience that will surprise and entertain all viewers, even if they are not familiar with Leah’s complete oeuvre. Before it was even released it already won the distinction of “Favorite Film” at the 2006 Pride In The Arts Festival.
Whether you’ve followed Leah’s career from the beginning or have only recently become a fan, this DVD will entertain and move you from beginning to end.
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