Thanks to Siouxzi for cluing us into this movie rolling through theaters called The Other F Word. In this case, “F” stands for family, and this documentary is all about punks who have become parents. The tag line: “What happens when a generation’s ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers — become society’s ultimate authorities — dads?” pretty much sums it up nicely. The father-focused film follows Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath, and Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg on their punk dad journey, which you can preview here:
Rae Alexandra brings up a great point in title piece from SF Weekly:
It’s noted in the trailer that “There’s nothing in the punk rock ethos that prepares you for being a dad.” But, actually, we’d like to respectfully disagree. Because we think that a life spent submerged in punk rock is the best training any human could hope for when it comes to raising a child. As anyone who has ever lived in a punk house, or squatted, will tell you, you will never find a more practical human being on earth than a punk — they’re good at eating on a budget, they’re good at making clothes last three times longer than they should, and, by God, they can fix anything and everything, often using only regular household objects and a bit of creativity (think of them as stinkier MacGyvers). Just imagine what these people are capable of once their band has been successful and they’ve got some money in their pockets!
I’m personally loving the idea of this documentary — most of the punks I know are incredibly bright, intelligent, and charismatic people. I’m always a fan of not accepting what’s told to you the first time around — it’s good to question the information you receive so you can learn from and understand it, and a lot of punks teach their kids to do just that.
What do you guys think about the film? Do you plan to see it? You can check the official site for screenings in your area.