Monday, June 23, 2014

Dear Hollywood by Martha Joy Rose

Dear Hollywood

Joy Rose and Candy Band, Mamapalooza NYC
Joy Rose and Candy Band, Mamapalooza NYC
Dear Hollywood, -
You call me periodically to inquire about the Moms of Rock– For a while I called you back.
That was after you watched the news coverage, magazine articles, radio, and rise of a new cool mom movement with thrilled anticipation during the years 1997-2007. I think it was sometime in 2005 when I sat in the offices of CAA and shuttled from the FOX lab and offices of American Idol to Spielberg’s studio. Thanks for the neat ride.
It was fun. We lunched at all the hot spots. My creative directors set up more meetings with writers and reality TV studios.
I was kinda flattered when the Canadian team approached us to do a documentary, and the cameras showed up every time we played. There sure were a LOT of meetings. I couldn’t believe it when D. Sellers called me in my kitchen and said, “How would you like me to make you a star?”
Then the television series “Desperate Housewives” came out of the studios seven years after the New York Times and other publications featured my band “Housewives On Prozac”.
Then a year after all our meetings you produced the show “Rita Rocks” which didn’t actually rock.
Then full on humiliation with “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” and the other associated shows.
I guess I’m glad I turned down the offers to set up a MAMAPALOOZA battle of the bands with the winner getting a new dishwasher. None of us were that interested in humiliating our children for the sake of a buck anyway.
So, if I don’t return your casting calls (which still come in occasionally), every time you’re looking for a hot rocker mom, I hope this letter explains why.
All my experiences with the film and television industry demonstrate examples of the studio system wanting to coopt our original ideas and good intentions.
In recent years motherhood has been used to sell everything from sex to diapers. Each encounter has shown
me that you have created a system that is demeaning to women.
Besides you call me and ask for my references, but never negotiate a fee.
I hope this expresses my sentiments clearly enough. I have gone back to graduate school to attempt to understand a capitalist, corporate system that invests its energies in such soul-less crap. Perhaps I’ll find some answers as my new scholarly feminist identity emerges.
Oh, and if you wanna see the “Real Moms Of Rock” watch Kate Perotti’s film “Momz Hot Rocks.” It isn’t that slick but its got heart, and it won a fair amount of acclaim in the festival circuit. Not that you gave her a distribution deal or respected her in any way either.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Moth Diaries: Stamp of Mama Made Awesomeness

Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?

Acclaimed director Mary Harron's The Moth Diaries is a gorgeous new work that evokes the classic and  the elegant.  The film is sure to be known as one of the best in its genre.  It will also be known as a Heathers-like springboard for its cast that illuminates such stars to be as Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon and Lily Cole. Kudos to rockin' mom Mary Harron for kicking up the dust and representing the 100 percent of us in the 2 percent category of employed Female Hollywood directors.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Motherhood: The Musical premieres in Tampa to great reviews

Jayne Trinette, left, Angela Bond, Becca McCoy and Juliana Black portray four moms at different stages of motherhood.
Sue Fabisch, a MOMz Hot ROCKs "sujet extraordinaire" is seeing a dream come true. Motherhood: The Musical has just premiéred in Tampa, Florida to rave reviews. No surprise here. Fabisch is both a gifted comic and songwriter who has woven together a character driven play based on a plethera of her "mommy standard" and newly created tunes. Who wouldn't chuckle out loud at such lyrics as, "what really turns me on is to buy a flat screen TV, a paper shredder and a hundred and twelve tampons!..I'm a Costco Queen, yah yah, a Costco Queen!"

I offer so many congratulations to Sue for her dedication, hard work and success.

Here is the first of many great reviews. GO SUE!

'Motherhood' a funny tribute to mom

Published: June 10, 2011

TAMPA - Sue Fabisch pushed the diaper-stuffed envelope with her hilarious show, "Motherhood the Musical." Rather than resting her laurels on the usual mommy experiences to get a laugh, the Nashville-based songwriter put some muscle into this baby.

Her riotous and perceptive lyrics, some co-written with Ilene Angel, William Flowerree, Jesse Goldberg and/or Johnny Rodgers, shed a whole new light on Costco, minivans, boobs and, of course, parenting.

Four women at different stages of motherhood share their stories about the toughest job in the world.

In three weeks, Amy (Juliana Black) is due to become a mom for the first time. Barb (Angela Bond) has three kids and zero patience: been there, done that. Brooke (Becca McCoy) struggles with the time constraints of being a working parent and Tasha (Jayne Trinette) deals with the challenges of divorce.

While Amy naively fantasizes about scrapbooking, wipe warmers and cloth diapers, her three friends try to enlighten her to reality: you can do it all, just not at the same time. But as is true for every new mom, Amy doesn't get it until she brings that baby home.

The show starts off strong with Black mooning over pregnancy in "I'm Having a Baby," followed by Bond's bubble-bursting "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy." Trinette reminisced the days when she was cool in a convertible, only to end up towing 17 kids in "Minivan."

Just when the funny stuff was hitting its stride, Fabisch came in swinging with the real emotional impact of motherhood. "I'm Danny's Mom" beautifully captured a nearly indescribable love. You didn't need to be a parent to appreciate the feelings steering this song.

From tears to laughter again, "Costco Queen" was hands down the most creative number. The message here was that a "storegasm" could be achieved through the power of bulk. Michael Schweikardt's set design and Sue Hill's costumes matched the brilliant lyrics, honoring Costco's convenience with bright lights and clever headwear.

Finally, the cast rocked out to "Not Gonna Take it Anymore." This was a highly entertaining homage to classic rock 'n' roll and the multiple uses of household products.

Each all-too familiar scenario could have easily settled into trite comfortability were it not for Fabisch's uncommon wit. She's raised the bar on reality-based humor. At the same time, the serious moments — the ones that justify the torture mothers endure — weren't gratuitous or false. These were genuine, heartfelt nods to a job that's more complicated and less appreciated than brain surgery.

Friday, April 8, 2011

LA Weekly Picks MOMz Hot ROCKs

LA Weekly chooses this Monday's, April, 11, 1011 Documental Screening of MOMz Hot ROCKs as a pick of the week GoLA event.
Everyone is invited and it's free at 8pm at the UnUrban Cafe in Santa Monica.

Here's the full listing.

Mom! You're Embarrassing Me!

By Libby Molyneaux

"TURN DOWN THAT INFERNAL RACKET!" is a phrase parents often bark at their unruly brood. But in the case of Kate Perotti's documentary MOMz Hot ROCKs, the sonic barrage is coming from the moms themselves. Perotti introduces us to mom bands from around the country with such names as the Mydols, Housewives on Prozac, Placenta — you get the idea — and song titles like "Eat Your Damn Spaghetti!" Perotti got the idea for the film eight years ago when she was researching women who rock. "I wanted to showcase some of the talent, creativity and humor. Currently, in 2011, there is definitely a large connected international community of mom rockers," she says. How are the sacrifices rocker moms make any different from rocker dads? "Think room service versus diaper service. No need to pour whiskey on your wrist before emptying the bottle. And I would just say, outfits." MOMz Hot ROCKs screens as part of the Documental Film Series.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

ZagrebDox 2011 hosts MOMz Hot ROCKs

Many thanks to the amazing town and staff of the 2011 ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival held last week, February 26th-March 6th in Croatia. An incredible mélange of North, South, East and West. The people are overwhelmingly gracious and nice, the food and drink simply wonderful. Thank you again for hosting MOMz Hot ROCKs as part of the Musical Globe Programme. I was one of only two Americans to attend, a true honor and memorable screening. The best part was seeing the translation to Hrvatski jezik.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Awesome Mama Ondi Timoner directs COOL IT, a bold new vision from Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist."

It opens this Friday on select screens, look it up, it's a go to/keep it in mind movie. The conversation continues about what we can do individually and globally to address environmental concerns. It debunks much of the information in An Inconvenient Truth and poses multiple strategies that will take increased research and development as a society as a whole. I saw it this evening at the 92Y Tribeca with Ondi and Bjorn present, I hope the reception everywhere is as grand. The film is dense with information, simultaneously entertaining and engaging. A striking endeavor that piques the brain to imagine what we can accomplish on a macro level in our micro world. Congratulations to the filmmakers, another relevant act for change.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

MOMz Hot ROCKs off the Charts: Mydols Open for The B-52's TONIGHT!

Dreams do come true!

It's official, Detroit's fab four, The Mydols, are opening for THE B-52s TONIGHT in Detroit!
Can't wait for the footage from the stages of Sound Board at Motorcity Casino Hotel.
I am gushing for them, I LOVE the B-52s, possibly the funnest band ever.
Congratulations and Break A Leg!