The Other F Word: Being a Punk Rock Dad

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What happens when a generation’s ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers — become society’s ultimate authorities — fathers? The Other F Word, the new feature length documentary, which previewed at the SXSW Film Festival last week in Austin, explores the life of Jim Lindberg, 20-year veteran of the skate punk band, Pennywise. The film follows Lindberg on his moving and often humorous journey from belting out his band’s anthem, “Fuck Authority” to embracing his ultimately pivotal authoritarian role in mid-life, fatherhood.

The Other F Word features a large chorus of Punk Rock’s leading men – including: Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea, and Rise Against’s Tim McIlratth. Shot in various cities around the world, the film offers an intimate look at what life is like both on and off the road with the dads themselves offering their own thoughts on the punk rock scene, their careers, family life, and what it takes to balance each element in their lives.

Says Director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins on the film: “When I was a kid growing up in New York City, Punk Rockers were the people you crossed the street to avoid.  So when Cristan Reilly, the film’s producer, came to me with a book that her old friend, Jim Lindbergh the lead singer of the Southern California skate punk band, Pennywise, had written about being a Punk Rock Dad, I was both repelled and intrigued.  This is the same guy who belts out their anthem “Fuck Authority.”  How attainable is that credo for a dad trying to raise three girls?”

She continues, “directing the movie seemed like a real opportunity to see how the most extreme version of our teenage, idealistic, rebellious selves might be struggling when placed in the real world, with real- life demands.  So Cristan and I met with Jim Lindberg, who seemed nice, not so scary (off stage), and started filming the day his newest album was being released.  (One of the amazing things about punk is that, while the artists might get older, new teenage fans keep finding them, so Jimmy was heading on tour at 43 to perform for 17 year- olds).”

The Other F Word is directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins and produced by Cristan Crocker Reilly and executive produced by Morgan Spurlock and Warrior Poets. It played at the State and Vimeo Theaters the week of March 13, 2011 in Austin. The trailer can be found below:

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