Foremothers presents evocatively filmed voice-over driven portraits of women musicians whose careers span the history of modern popular music, from the beginnings of R&B rock and roll in the 1950s through the punk rock/new wave movement of the 1970s and early 1980s. The Foremothers project will provide a window into the worlds of living keepers of history, presenting not only a chronological base for their stories in the often male-dominated narrative, but more importantly addressing themes like Vision and Collaboration, Inspiration and Creation, Talent, Skill and Perseverance, Success and Failure and External Obstacles and Mental Blocks.


Beth Harrington is an Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated producer, director and writer whose work explores American history, music and culture. Her film The Winding Stream – The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music premiered at SXSW and won numerous awards at festivals around the world. Harrington’s independent production Welcome to the Club – The Women of Rockabilly, a music documentary about the pioneering women of rock and roll, was honored with a 2003 Grammy nomination and appeared on public television. Her latest projects include an Americana music-driven series called The Musicianer which is currently enjoying a festival run. Harrington has worked with public television stations WGBH in Boston and OPB in Portland making shows for both national and local air on series such as NOVA, Frontline and History Detectives. She is a voting member of the National Recording Academy. She is a singer and guitarist, most noted for her years as a member of Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers.