For its next original feature-length documentary, The Independent Film Channel will examine the pyrotechnics of the punk movement.
The independent-film proponent will bow Punk: Attitude, directed by Don Letts -- the filmmaker best known for directing music videos from The Clash in the 1970s and 1980s -- July 4. The film will be part of a “British Invasion” film festival.
Punk: Attitude examines how subculture and an anti-establishment aesthetic spread throughout the United Kingdom and United States in the mid-1970s and the ways in which the movement influences today’s mainstream artists and modern zeitgeist.
Among those interviewed: Henry Rollins, Tommy Ramone, Jim Jarmusch, Legs McNeil, Chrissie Hynde, Thurston Moore, David Johansen, Jello Biafra and Mary Harron.
“The punk-rock movement incited a do-it-yourself attitude that has influenced filmmakers and artists for decades,” IFC vice president of original programming Alison Palmer Bourke said in a prepared statement.
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