"Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig" is an incredible documentary that I would highly recommend everyone to see. This emotional film follows the compelling & courageous stories of four students at New York's controversial Harvey Milk School with a unique chronicle of the yearlong creation of the compilation album"Wig in a Box".
Along with John Cameron Mitchell (creator of cult classic film & Broadway musical) "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and an army of some of the top indie rock artists, came together to create a tribute album benefiting the Hetrick-Martin Institute. The institute is home of the Harvey Milk High School- the first accredited high school in the country for LGBTQ youth.
The album was mastered right here at The Lodge by Emily Lazar, and coincidentally The Lodge is located in the same building as the school!
Follow My Voice offers a powerful look at this unlikely intersection of youth, gender and rock. The album includes Yoko Ono, Rufus Wainwright, Spoon, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Folds, Ben Lee, The Breeders, Ben Kweller, Jonathan Richman, The Polyphonic Spree, Frank Black, Yo La Tengo, John Cameron Mitchell, They Might Be Giants and more. The Lodge and Emily even have a small cameo appearance in the film!
The school became the subject of international news upon receiving accreditation and financial support from NYC. A furious controversy over public funding ignited a greater self-determination from the kids and a deeper commitment from the artists who them-selves know what it's like to be outside the mainstream. All proceeds from the album went to the school.
Here's a little preview...