D.O.A.'s Joe Keithley to Be the Focus of New Documentary

'Something Better Change' will examine his achievements in punk and politics
D.O.A.'s Joe Keithley to Be the Focus of New Documentary
Joe Keithley has both fronted hardcore pioneers D.O.A. for over four decades and been elected a city councillor. Now, his work in both disciplines will be the focus of a forthcoming documentary.

Filmmakers Scott Crawford (Salad Daysand Paul Rachman (American Hardcore) will helm forthcoming doc Something Better Change, which Keithley says will chronicle "my journey from punk to activist to activist politician and still performing punk musician."

While a concrete release date for the film has yet to be set, a Facebook page for the project points to its arrival in the summer of 2022.

A summary for the film reads as follows:

In 2018, after 40 years of fighting against oppression, homelessness and corporate greed in the U.S. and in his native Canada, D.O.A. frontman and cultural politician Joey "Shithead" Keithley turned art into life by running against the outspoken Mayor of Burnaby (population: 250,000), Derek Corrigan. Against all odds — and with only a $7000 campaign budget — Keithley won a city councillor seat in Burnaby, BC, and helped to unseat the entrenched five-term Corrigan who once famously said, "I would never bend over to give a homeless person a dime because he might steal my watch."

Will Keithley's message and DIY approach to campaigning resonate with voters in the upcoming Burnaby election of 2022? This underdog story examines the idea that even in these truly surreal times, music still has the power to affect change.


Find Keithley's announcement below.

Last year, D.O.A. released demos and rarities compilation 1978.