Published Sep 21, 2011Punk rock has long been an outlet for rebellion, inspiring countless people to spike up their hair and fling their middle fingers in the face of authority, whether it's the police, big business or your parents. But what happens when the mohawk-sportin' set start breeding on their own? Is it possible to maintain your D.I.Y. spirit while catering to your kids' needs? These are the kinds of questions director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins is asking in her new documentary The Other F Word (which in case you hadn't already figured out is "father").
A press release explains that the film was inspired by former Pennywise frontman and current Black Pacific member Jim Lindberg's 2007 book, Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life, which explores the dichotomy he faced between singing "Fuck Authority" to thousands of teens and becoming a father.
"When I was a kid growing up in New York City, punk rockers were the people you crossed the street to avoid," Nevins said in a statement. "So when Cristan Reilly, the film's producer, came to me with a book that her old friend, Jim Lindberg, the lead singer of the Southern California skate punk band Pennywise, had written about being a punk rock dad, I was both repelled and intrigued."
Reilly added that the film, which includes appearances from Lindberg and fellow fathers Flea, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, NOFX's Fat Mike and Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, among others, plays with people's expectations. Wearing a Crass patch and thumbing your nose to "the man" shouldn't suggest you're an unfit parent, nor should taking care of your kid mean you have to sell out your punk ideals.
"Punk rock dad -- it's a great oxymoron," Reilly said. "Andrea and I, who share, among many things, an ironic sense of humour, started with that very tiny but amusing kernel... We had no idea how much deeper the story would go, and we believe our film reflects the journey from funny concept to a series of moving realizations about rebellion, growing up, fathers, and fatherhood."
While a string of screenings will take place starting this November, regrettably no Canadian cinemas will be hosting the flick just yet. Here's hoping the film makes its way up here soon, our sitter's schedule is already filling up pretty fast.
11/2 New York, NY - Film Forum
11/4 Los Angeles CA - Nuart Theatre
11/11 Austin, TX - Violet Crown Cinema
11/11 Boston, MA - Landmark Kendall Square
11/18 Berkeley, CA - Landmark Shattuck
11/18 Mesa, AZ - The Royale
11/18 San Francisco, CA - Landmark Lumiere
11/18 Seattle, WA - Landmark Varsity
11/25 Minneapolis, MN - Landmark (Location TBA)
11/25 San Diego, CA - Landmark Ken
12/2 Philadelphia, PA - Landmark Ritz - The Bourse
12/2 Washington, DC - Landmark E Street
12/9 Denver, CO - Landmark Chez Artiste