The origin story of L.A. punk has been often told, up through the late 70s arrival of The Germs and X: less well-known is the story of second-wave SoCal punks Youth Brigade, where the Stern brothers and their BYO (Better Youth Organization) Records challenged the nihilism and political indifference of the punk scene. Director Jeff Alulis charts the bands 25-year history, calling upon elder statesmen such as Fugazis Ian MacKaye and Fat Wreck Chords Fat Mike to testify to the groups role in spreading the DIY gospel for booking shows and releasing records. The documentary shows at Vanderbilt as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a monthly screening series that brings in indie films and their makers for free showings and post-film Q&As. Alulis will attend the screening, which is free and open to the public; hell also address the universitys History of Rock Music class in the Sarratt Cinema at 11 a.m.
Thu., Sept. 17, 7 p.m., 2009