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Cowgirls and Synthesizers

UK hit-maker and Eurovison songwriter Ricardo Autobahn follows the synthesizer pop duo Hyperbubble, described by Alternative Press as “the sonic equivalent of a truckload of Twizzlers”, as they drive to Nashville to record a country and western album using only synthesizers, drum machines, and theremin.

Along the way, Hyperbubble members Jess and Jeff meet cartoon cult heroes Samantha Newark of Jem and the Holograms and Manda Rin of Bis/Powerpuff Girls fame, Theremin diva Dorit Chrysler, music fashion guru Manuel Cuevas, cosmic cowboy Garett T Capps, air-drumming filmmaker Ari Gold, Do-It-Yourself vinyl pioneers Shoes, synth-pop sweeties Freezepop, Lederhosen Lucil, Helen Love, and Our Daughters Wedding, and somehow end up winners in Dolly Parton’s Netflix song contest.

Directed by Joe Wallace, Cowgirls and Synthesizers is a fast, fun, fanzine telling the true story of Hyperbubble’s over 20-year career, splattered with color, animation, and comedy.

Director Biography – Joe Wallace

Director Joe Wallace is a die-hard fan of genre cinema and indie oddball weirdness such as Death Race 2000, Norway, and Black Tight Killers.

Wallace’s gateway to indie filmaking was as a videographer and reporter for the Air Force. During this time Joe interviewed a wide range of familiar faces; Cheap Trick, Toto, Survivor, Gang of Four and Nine Inch Nails, as well as more mainstream household names including Joan Lunden and the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Most reporters would find meeting with a powerful leader such as Jesse Jackson a daunting assignment, but it was interviewing synthpop pioneer Gary Numan that Wallace found more intimidating. Not because Numan is a tough interview, but because Joe has been hooked on Numan’s work since hearing Cars for the first time in 1979.

It is this love of electronic music, storytelling, and the art of the interview that ultimately led to Wallace transforming Hyperbubble’s 20 years of synthpop, performance, and art into the 70-minute documentary, Cowgirls and Synthesizers.

  • Joe WallaceDirector45 RPM, The Camera Is Your Friend, Bubblegum Fiesta, The Making of an Air Force Recruiter
  • Joe WallaceWriter
  • Jess DeCuirWriter
  • Jeff DeCuirWriter
  • Joe WallaceProducer45 RPM, The Camera Is Your Friend, Making of an Air Force Recruiter
  • Jessica DeCuirProducerA Synthesizer For Christmas, Candy Apple Daydreams
  • Jeff DeCuirProducerA Synthesizer For Christmas, Candy Apple Daydreams
  • HyperbubbleKey Cast