There are still plenty of truth-mines out there to uncover, and SF DocFest continues to poke at the cinematic beaches in its second week. After kicking off with a movie about East Bay punk in the 1980s (Turn It Around, which also opened theatrically last week), the festival closes with the premiere of Timothy Crandle’s Buried in the Mix, which looks at the 1970s punk scene on the proper side of the Bay Bridge, and features plenty of footage of the legendary venue known as the Mabuhay Gardens. (It was already immortalized in Neil Young’s Human Highway, but it could always stand to further immortalization.)
Just how much positive change punk rock created in the Bay Area is questionable, and Keith Jones’s Vinyl Generation presents a similarly debatable argument about the importance of smuggled American punk records to Czechoslovakian youth in the 1980s. They were growing up at a time when nonconformist media of any kind was not allowed under the communist regime, but it was also a regime that didn’t really have the time or inclination to do much more than harass the cultural scofflaws. Meanwhile, Doug Nichol’s California Typewriter brings it all back home with a look at locals both near and far who still pledge their love to the old-school writing machine.
SF DocFest, Week 2
Now playing at the Roxie, the Vogue, and the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission.