A Fat Wreck (Doc Alive with Duncan Redmonds Solo show)

Director Shaun Colón
United States / 88 min. / 2016 / English


“He’s like a knackered father figure”. This is Fat Mike, founder of Fat Wreck Chords. The film explores his world: NOFX, Californian punk, the (uniform) Fat sound, yesterday and today’s, teams (from Lagwagon to Get Dead), those that condemned him as “sold out” (Propagandhi), the deprived, the Punk Voter, the albums and golf.

 

“He’s like a knackered father figure.” This is Fat Mike, founder of Fat Wreck Chords. A modest independent label from Southern California, which over the course of a decade (from 1990 to 1999), became mammoth and rivalled the multinationals, overshadowing them on their own turf. Something unexpected for such a down-home label. This film “made by fans of Fat Wreck”, explores the entire world of Fat Mike: step by step and with a spring in its stride: NOFX, his band, his own first steps (he became a punk while at summer school); his job at Epitaph records, where he took note of everything; the breeding of that (uniform, aerodynamic, familiar) “Fat sound”, emblem of commercial melodic hardcore; the teams of yesterday and today (from Lagwagon to Get Dead, including No Use For A Name, Good Riddance and Ten Foot Pole); those he rejected as “sold out” (Propagandhi, who recorded a protest song against him, and whose album Fat Wreck put out anyway), and those who would have killed to be part of it (Strung out carpeted the apartment, literally, to ensure their signing); and also the booze and the scraps, the Punk voter movement, the albums, golf and the family. The Fat life.

A Fat Official Trailer Sept 2016

Fat Wreck Chords... The influential music label proud to say they've spent the past 25 years "ruining punk rock". A Fat Wreck tells the story of founders Fat Mike (of the legendary punk band NOFX) and his ex-wife Erin Kelly-Burkett, spanning the birth, growth, struggles, and survival of the Fat Wreck Chords label.

Details
Subtitles
VOSE


Showing format

Premios
Winner BEST SOUNDTRACK - Sound on Screen Film Fest

Participation
in festivals
Dallas International Film Fest Nashville Film Fest Amnesia Rockfest Raindance Film Fest Sound on Screen Film Fest SF Doc Fest Sound Unseen Film Fest Austin Music Video Film Fest Newport Beach Film Fest Elm Street Music and Tattoo Festival Edmonton Film Fest

Leadings
Fat Mike, Joey Cape, Laura Jane Grace, Chris Shiftlett

Editor(s)
Shaun Colón, Justin Wilson

Camera
Johny Cane, Justin Wilson

Sound designer
Dusty Albertz

Producer
Joel Herrera, Justin Wilson

Film company

Film distributor

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