Between Resistance and Community: A Documentary About Long Island DIY Punk: DVD: Cantankerous Titles

Mar 19, 2010

I had never heard of any of the bands featured in this DVD, but maybe I’m just not plugged into the right scene or something. Originally filmed in 2001 and released on DVD in 2009, this features Latterman, On The Might of Princes, The Insurgent, Seven Days Of Samsara, and interviews with local show-goers and activists. Despite my ignorance of the Long Island scene, I immediately enjoyed watching the bands rock out in a basement, surrounded by friends and fans singing along. At a show in another basement, there’s a great scene with the Mom cooking for all the kids (I hope they’ve since returned the favor and are cooking for her, now that they’re older). Some of the bands went out on tour, while others debated whether or not to sign to an indie label or not. Although this wasn’t my favorite part of the film, it still showed the passion that was in the scene towards bands they considered their own. This is a thoughtful film and showed a side of punk rock that I am proud to be part of: hard-working, DIY, and willing to wear their hearts on their sleeves. –Steve Hart (Cantankerous Titles, PO Box 14332, Portland, OR 97293)