'Afro-punk', a 66-minute documentary, explores race identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday, Behind the Music or typical "black history month" documentary this film tackles the hard questions, such as issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyle. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a person of color in a mostly white community.
The style of the documentary inter-cuts interviews from scores of black punk rockers from all over the nation with scenes from our four protagonists' lives. They come from different regions, generations, genders, and sexual preferences but their stories are amazingly similar.
'Afro-punk' features performances by Bad Brains, Tamar Kali, Cipher, and Ten Grand. It also contains exclusive interviews by members of Fishbone, 247- spyz, Dead Kennedys, Candiria, Orange 9mm and TV on the Radio to name a few.
James Spooner came in to film making out of a passion to tell his story. As a kid, bouncing between the deserts of California and the streets of New York he was no stranger to duality. Like most kids who end up with Mohawk at 14, he had a hard time finding a home. The thing that separated him from the other kids fashioning spikes and leather was he is black. In those days, the early 90s, there was no misinterpreting the word nigger from white kids, Ebonics had not been put into vogue yet. Walking down the streets of Brooklyn you didn't see black kids with bright red hair or a ring through their eye brow. Things are different now, or so one would think ... click to download full bio
Produced Directed and edited by James Spooner