Documenting the rise of punk music in Boston
The explosion of Boston's punk rock music scene in the 1970s was a turning point in the lives of many who came of age in nightclubs like the Rat and Cantone's, hearing bands such as the Real Kids and the Neighborhoods. Chris Parcellin remembered the thrill of traveling with his brothers from their home in Malden to Boston to see these nascent bands, and he wanted to document the experience. "Boys From Nowhere: The Story of Boston's Garage Punk Uprising," Parcellin's first film, pays tribute to the era and the music through interviews and new and archival footage. After a year of production, the director says "Boys From Nowhere" is in the final stages of editing by friend and collaborator Chris Gunderman. Parcellin, who lives in Melrose, expects that the film will be finished later this winter and he hopes to get a local theatrical showing in the spring. Parcellin and Gunderman interviewed musicians like David Minehan, Willie "Loco" Alexander, Jonathan Richman, and Jeff "Monoman" Connolly. Also featured in the film are observations from scenesters including comedian-actor Denis Leary; record producers Andy Paley, Bruce Dickinson, and Rick Harte; and Jim Harold, who owned the Rat. "Boys From Nowhere" is the second documentary from a local filmmaker that chronicles the heyday of the Boston music scene. Andrew Szava-Kovats's "Let's Go to the Rat" was recently released on DVD (www.letsgotothe
rat.com). But Parcellin says the two documentaries are different enough to satisfy all fans of Boston's homegrown music. He says "Boys From Nowhere" is more rooted in the 1970s and focuses on the bands rather than any specific venue. "It captures a time that's gone, when people went out more to listen to live music. This film is a way to give back to bands," he says. "They gave us so much great music and they entertained so many people."
To view a trailer for the film, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=skdjQFAIavs
Christmas week is already upon us, and the folks at Harvard Film Archive have our backs. The HFA offers shoppers and strollers the reprieve of a free "surprise" screening on Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. That's when the HFA presents its 5th annual HFA Vintage Holiday Show. The HFA will dig into its collection and present an all-ages program that includes animation, puppets, live action' and documentary, with some Christmas-oriented and some nonreligious seasonal films. The running time is approximately 90 minutes.
For more information, go to hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2013octdec/kuchar.html
A sugar plum from Russia
For those who prefer a more traditional holiday screening and want to get away, now is the perfect time to check out the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, which offers the Mariinsky Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker Ballet." Filmed at the historic Mariinsky Theatre (formerly the Kirov) in St. Petersburg (where "The Nutcracker" was first performed in 1892) in December 2011, it features two of the Mariinsky's rising stars: Alina Somova as Clara (who was named Masha in the original Russian production of the classic with Tchaikovsky's score) and Vladimir Shklyarov as the Nutcracker, with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by the Theatre's artistic director, Valery Gergiev. The film screens on Dec. 22, 23, and 24.
For showtimes and information, go to www.capeanncinema.com.
And if you want to forget the season altogether, mark your calendars now for the return of the Docyard series at the Brattle Theatre. The winter program of new documentaries accompanied by the filmmakers gets underway on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Brattle with "Bending Steel" (2013). Director Dave Carroll will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A session along with producer Ryan Scafuro and special guests. "Bending Steel" explores the life of Chris Schoeck, 43, of Queens, N.Y., as he trains to become a professional Oldetime Strongman.
For more information, go to www.thedocyard.com.