(25 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222)
25 Franklin St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
|9:45PM||Q&A with filmmaker Angela Boatwright|
|10:00PM||Live music by South Central Riot Squad, Age of Fear, and The Casualties|
Los Punks: We Are All We Have (Angela Boatwright | USA | 79 min.)
Punk rock is thriving in the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles. A cobbled together family of predominantly Latino teens and young adults comprise the scene:bands, fans, production, marketing, and security interwoven into a subculture of thrash and noise and pits. The sense of belonging is palpable, emotional bonds fostered among good families and those broken, poverty and wealth, adolescence and maturity, with the music emanating a magnetic chorus for all to sing together.Los Punks:We Are All We Have is a documentary feature film honestly and sincerely portraying this vibrant, “DIY” community.
Presented in partnership with: House of Vans
Angela Boatwright is a Los Angeles-based photographer and documentary filmmaker. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Angela Boatwright picked up a camera at age 14 and hasn’t stopped shooting since.
Cutting her teeth photographing her skater friends, she quickly began shooting live punk, metal, and hardcore bands, too—including photographing Kurt Cobain in a closet-sized venue.
After high school, Angela wasted no time in splitting for New York City where she spent the next 20 years looking through the viewfinder. There, Angela continued shooting bands, now at such legendary venues as CBGB and Wetlands. Still immersed in that world, she also photographed skateboarders—many of whom appeared in Larry Clark’s Kids.
Soon after arriving, her reputation already growing, Angela evolved from enthusiastic amateur to professional photographer, and in 1997 she quit her day job to shoot photos full time. Her first photo assignment was for Thrasher, the legendary skateboard magazine. It was also at this time that she began working at the Brooklyn-based graffiti magazine Mass Appeal, first as photographer and eventually photo editor and creative director. Since then, her work has appeared in a wide array of publications including New York Magazine, Vice, Nylon, Vibe, XXL, and Dazed and Confused, as well as in books such as Vice Photo Book, Definition: The Art and Design of Hip Hop, Juxtapoz Photo, Street World, and most recently Skin Graff: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo. She has also photographed campaigns for Roxy, Urban Outfitters, American Express, and Vans.
After almost two decades in New York, Angela moved to Los Angeles where she began making documentary films. In 2014 she directed a 5part episodic online documentary entitled East Los for Vans, documenting the backyard punk scene in East Los Angeles and displaying the creative expression and family-based community which celebrates music, art and self expression. The success of that series led to her first feature-length documentary Los Punks: We Are All We Have, which is produced for Vans and will have its world premiere at Slamdance Film Festival 2016.
Angela is currently working on a handful of documentary projects as well as putting together an extensive book featuring punks in East L.A. and South Central. The pairing of Angela and these tough and persevering punk kids is apt, as their attitude and reluctance to grow up runs parallel to Angela's own 'Never Say Die' philosophy.