TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK
September 13, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Outside the Box [Office] and Abramorama invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk
Produced and Directed by Corbett Redford
Written by Corbett Redford and Anthony Marchitiello
Executive Produced by Green Day
Followed by a Q&A with Corbett Redford
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
Opening Night Selection: 16th SF Docfest.
In Theaters In LA - September 18th!
About Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley's inspiring 924 Gilman Street music collective. Narrated by Iggy Pop and executive produced by Green Day, Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is the definitive telling of this vibrant story, drawing from a wide variety of voices and viewpoints and featuring the music of many of the most famous and infamous punk bands ever.
Provided courtesy of Abramorama. Not rated. Running time: 158 minutes.
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As a kid from Contra Costa County in Northern California, there wasn’t much exciting to do in our region. In order to visit any nearby bastions of culture, you had to navigate through a complex series of bus transfers and BART rides – either that or you had to ride your bike 10 miles or so down San Pablo Avenue to discover the world outside of the boring outer-suburbs of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. Many of us from Contra Costa felt trapped in a monoculture of fast-food, identical homes and dead-end jobs. If you wanted to see something exciting, you had to create your own fun.
Hailing from the same county I grew up in, Green Day did just that, rocketing out of our hometown like a phoenix. They shined as an example of hope to every oddball creative kid – their story being the proof that if you put in the work, your art could take you anywhere. I was a freshman when Billie Joe and Mike were seniors at Pinole Valley High School – I looked up to them from the first moment I met them… and the crux here is that they, despite their eventual lofty station, always kindly supported and encouraged my musical and artistic endeavors.
In the mid-90s, I found a home performing and volunteering at Green Day’s early stomping grounds, Berkeley’s 924 Gilman punk music collective. It changed my life in many of the same ways it had changed Green Day’s lives – through total immersion in the Gilman punk scene, I received a valuable political, social and cultural education. As a latchkey kid from the Contra Costa County sticks, I was sorely in need of the very-Berkeley lessons and ideals that the Gilman culture introduced into my soul. Gilman gave me the tools for how to be a better citizen of my community and in the world-at-large.
In 2013, out-of-the-blue, I got a message from my old friend Billie Joe of Green Day. He was on the search for some hard-to-find Green Day footage and thought that I might have known where to obtain it. I did know where to find it – along with about 20 other videos of early-era underground Green Day live shows. I gathered the footage and delivered it to Billie. He asked me if I knew someone who could direct a documentary about the early years of the Gilman scene from which Green Day had emerged, and I immediately said, “Yes. I can direct it!” I knew this scene and I knew this music, and I knew that I could pay them both the tribute they so richly deserved by stepping up and taking the helm of the documentary. And so, I said “yes” without hesitation, and right then and there I was given the opportunity by Green Day -- I was chosen to direct and produce the documentary which became Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.
Assembling a small production crew of local punks and longtime Gilman stalwarts including Kamala Parks, Robert Eggplant, Tim Armstrong and Dave Mello, we set out to tell the story of our local East Bay punk history. Our production grew and grew outside of the original bubble we had anticipated working within.
We were led down hundreds of paths to excavate and preserve countless legendary stories and archives. At the end of our 3 years of production, we had filmed over 500 hours of interview footage, conducted over 150 interviews, traveled all over the country, amassed a collection of over 35,000 event flyers & archive photos, curated a footage library of over 500 vintage live shows and even managed to wrangle in and collaborate with the best narrator we could hope to work with – the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop. The ride this production has taken me on has been incredible. All gratitude to my hometown friends in Green Day for giving me the opportunity to be a part of something so historic, sprawling and epic. They made the excavation and preservation of this history possible - and that is an important and beautiful accomplishment.
I believe our film’s ultimate focus is about the human need we all have to find a place to belong -- a place we feel safe to truly be ourselves. I feel much urgency for people to see what we have created in this documentary – which at its core is really a story about the road to the emergence of the non-profit music collective 924 Gilman in Berkeley, California. Safe community spaces like Gilman continuing to exist are going to be more important than ever in the days ahead. Outsiders of all stripes need a place to come together under the dark clouds of an often-oppressive world. This was the case then. This is still the case now. I hope the story of East Bay Punk can be another example of how things can be... in a world that continues to tell us most of the time only how things cannot be.
-- Corbett Redford
About the Guest
CORBETT REDFORD (Writer, Director, Producer)
With over two decades of experience in the creative arts, Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is Corbett Redford’s first foray into the world of documentary filmmaking. In 1995, Corbett co-founded the satire-based, folk-punk band Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits. Over the next 20 years with that band, he played thousands of shows, co-wrote and recorded over 100 songs, produced 15 music videos and co-wrote two books. Redford’s band found a home performing at the 924 Gilman collective in Berkeley and also volunteered at that venue for many years. His deep interest and involvement in the local music community of California’s East Bay area led Corbett to be chosen by executive producers Green Day to helm directing and producing duties for the documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk. Because of this project, Redford co-founded a film production company, Capodezero Films, with his longtime creative collaborator Anthony Marchitiello. After 3 years of production, Corbett is excited to share this documentary in hopes that those who watch it might be reminded of the importance of inclusion and community in a world that seems to be growing more fragmented and exclusive by the day.
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