Monday, March 12, 2012

Music News: New Punk Documentary To Premier In Chicago

Punk rock has been a musical force for over 40 years now. Starting with bands like The Stooges and New York Dolls. But it didn't really explode until the mad 70's with bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash. Punk as a genre has been documented on film numerous times over the years mostly focusing on the American scene. Films like The Decline Of Western Civilization, Another State Of Mind and most recently American Hardcore all focused on bands like Black Flag, Social Distortion and Minor Threat. And the English punk bands have been documented in films like The Filth And The Fury and The Clash: Westway To The World. So much has been made of the English and American punk scenes that other countries get lost in mix. But all that's about to change.

My friend
Martin Nunez has documented the rise of the punk rock scene is his homeland of Chile in the new film PANK, Orígenes del Punk en Chile. The film will make it's American debut at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival
in April. This is Martin's first film and touches on how punk rock has changed the lives and social conscience of the people of Chile with interviews with bands and fans from all over the country. This is an exciting and well documented film from a talented up and coming film maker.

You can view the trailer for the film here. As it is in Spanish, you will have to use the CC option to read the transcript. The complete list of films and times will be posted this coming Friday (3/16) but in the meantime you can get tickets and special deals to the CIMM fest by clicking here.

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