SXSW FILM 2011
By Dave Campbell | May 31, 2011
Director: Andrea Blaugrund Nevins
Writer: Andrea Blaugrund Nevins
Featuring: Tony Adolescent (Adolescents), Art Alexakis (Everclear), Rob Chaos (Total Chaos), Joe Escalante (Vandals), Josh Freese (Vandals, Nine Inch Nails, Devo), Fat Mike (NOFX), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), Matt Freeman (Rancid), Jack Grisham (T.S.O.L.), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) , Tony Hawk (Pro Skater), Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Bad Religion), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Jim Lindberg (Pennywise), Mike McDermott, Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Duane Peters (U.S. Bombs), Joe Sib (Side One Dummy Records), Ron Reyes (Black Flag), Rick Thorne (Pro BMXer)
The center piece of all things anti-establishment and the angst driven soundtrack to the last few decades is undoubtably Punk Rock. The members of these bands (aka punk rockers or punkers) became the leaders of the middle fingered fight against “The Man”. The — Fuck Authority — attitude of punk rock is as abrasive as it is honest, and at times a lifestyle that fulfills the Live Fast Die Young anthem of not making it to see the age of 34. For those of them that do hit the ripened middle ages of manhood, another F word enters the picture: FATHERHOOD. How can the verse of anarchy be sung while pushing a stroller around the supermarket?
The focal point and inspiration to The Other F Word is Jim Lindberg. Jim is/was the lead singer of Pennywise, who were the top dogs of Southern California’s skate punk scene. Since the late 80’s, the Hermosa Beach natives powered through tours as a working class band. Lindberg now in his mid-forties, is half of a parental team supporting three young daughters with his wife. Lindberg authored the book Punk Rock Dad, which documents his own punk rock and fatherhood experiences, and the clashing worlds of the two.
Being a father myself and a huge punk rock fan, I was completely in-tuned with the dynamic at hand. What I wasn’t expecting was the emotional range that would come of The Other F Word. The film is full of great energy from the excellent soundtrack and our group of colorful punkers, but it’s the amount of times that I laughed and fought back tears that really impressed me about this sorry. The bravery that it took for Everclear’s lead-singer/guitarist Art Alexakis to openly talk about abuses that he suffered as a child and the heartfelt pride that Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has for being the father of his daughter are enough to make any hard-edged tough guy misty.
Director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins has captured an intimate look into the true hearts of guys that I grew up admiring and sharing the same philosophy with. She manages to gain the complete trust of these hard edged punk rockers who take deep dives into the painful pasts of their own childhoods and in contrast show the beautiful relationships that they have with their own children. These unlikely fathers are doing it right and making it their number one priority to be amazing fathers.