Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig | 2005
In 1998, Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened off-Broadway, taking New York by storm. Spurred on by Stephen Trask's energetic songs, this rock musical tells the story of a singer from East Berlin whose botched sex change leaves her somewhere between male and female. Three years later, creator John Cameron Mitchell adapted his stage show into a film that established its own cult following. Jump back a decade to 1985, when the Hetrick-Martin Institute created the Harvey Milk High School program in New York. Its mission: to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning teens. Students at the school come from diverse backgrounds, but they share a desire for an open-minded and creative environment. With the assistance of Mitchell and Trask, record producer Chris Slusarenko assembled an impressive list of indie-rock musicians (Rufus Wainwright, Sleater-Kinney, They Might Be Giants, Frank Black, Jonathan Richman, and Cyndi Lauper) to record Wig in a Box: Songs from & Inspired by Hedwig and the Angry Inch, an album to benefit HMI. The viewer follows four Harvey Milk students as they navigate the labyrinth of teenage life while also coping with a society that does not always accept them. The production of the album and its songs become the soundtrack and the backdrop for the lives of these teens.