Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives

62 min.


Monday, Apr. 29 at 5:00pm
FREE (ticket required from box office)

Singer, songwriter, and social activist Holly Near has been performing and acting for more than 50 years, and in the process she’s created what Gloria Steinem calls “the first soundtrack of the women’s movement.” Tracing a path from small-town Northern California to sold-out shows and million-person peace marches, the film documents the long arc of Near’s fascinating story. As a teen actress, she joined the Broadway cast of “Hair” in 1970, guest-starred in TV shows (including “The Partridge Family” and “All in the Family”), and appeared in such films as “Minnie and Moskowitz” and “Slaughterhouse-Five.” Debuting as a singer/songwriter in 1973 with the album “Hang in There” — released on her own pioneering independent label — Near last year produced her 31st record, the simply titled “2018.” Throughout her career, Near has balanced art and activism, and she’s been widely recognized for her work promoting social change and LGBTQ rights, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, and Ms. Magazine. This lively and illuminating documentary, which features appearances by Steinem, Jane Fonda, and Pete Seeger, rightly celebrates Near as an iconic artist who speaks to anyone who believes in peace, justice, feminism, and humanity. 


Jim Brown

Sponsored by


Robert Pohrer & Donnie Engle