About this project
We are at the end of the film making process of the film. We are conducting the remaining interviews, and finishing the editing process. We have interviewed more than 40 people and have spent countless hours going through footage to create a film that documents the amazing work Positive Force has done over the last 25 years.
We have less then two weeks to raise the final funds to finish the movie through our kickstarter campaign. If you can help out it would be greatly appreciated.
I feel strongly about Positive Force and the work the have and currently do. Their mixing of arts and activism is amazing, and a story that should be told. I have invested many hours and my own money to fund this project, and we need this last bit to help the final production costs.
This is one of the pieces I have been working on for the last two years, and look forward to finishing it next year. Here is a link to some of the other work I have been doing regarding music and activism. bellvisuals.com
I really appreciate you helping in any way you can, and if possible, forwarding this on to a friends or family you think would be interesting in this project.
Thank you for your time.
All the best,
Positive Force: More Than A Witness
This feature-length film by Robin Bell skillfully mixes rare archival footage (including electrifying live performances from Fugazi, Bikini Kill, One Last Wish, Nation of Ulysses, Crispus Attucks, Anti-Flag, and more) with new interviews with key PF activists and supporters.
Covering a span of 25 years, More Than A Witness documents the life and times of punk rock activist collective Positive Force DC.
People we have interviewed
Jello Biafra – Dead Kennedys
Allison Wolfe -- Bratmobile
Kathleen Hanna – Bikini Kill
Ian MacKaye – Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens
Ian Svenonius – Nation of Ulysses, Makeup, Weird War, Chain and the Gang
Penny Rimbaud - Crass
Danbert Nobacon-- Chumbawamba
Kevin Seconds – Seven Seconds
Jeff Nelson – Minor Threat, Dischord records
Matt Moffatt -- Crispus Attucks
Benji Madden -- Good Charlotte
Pat Graham -- Photographer
Mark Andersen –- Co-Founder Positive Force DC
Amanda MacKaye – Slowdime, Fort Reno
Kevin Mattson – Co-founder Positive Force
Natalie Avery – Fire Party
Amy Pickering – Fire Party
Lilo Gonzales -- Songwriter
Pat Thetic - Anti-flag
Justin Sane Anti-flag
Brian 'Dozer' Lombardozzi – 1905, Birds on wires
Christopher Richards -- Q and not U
David Combs/Spoonboy -- Max Levine Ensemble
Dante Ferrando – Grey Matter, Ignition, Black Cat
Ryan Fletcher -- Positive Force
Wade Fletcher – Positive Force
Jenny Toomey – Tsunami, Simple Machines
Katy Otto – Trophy Wife
Onam – Beefeater
Tom Gabel – Against ME
Head-Roc – 3LG, Godisheus
Matt Siblo -- Positive Force
Brian D - From the Depths
Marcus Esposito – Sound Engineer for Positive Force
Sara Klemm -- Positive Force
Scott Goodstein – Punk Voter, Revolution Messaging
Brian Duss –Positive Force
Enoch aka Skeeter - Scream
Zakia Ahmadzai – Positive Force
Kadd Stephens – Postive Force
Ron Grey -– We Are Family
Marie King –- We are Family
Carlos Izurieta –- Positive Force
Lindsay Bradley --Positive Force
Mark Strandquist – Positive Force
About Positive Force
Punk activist collective Positive Force DC emerged in 1985, rising from the creative, politically-charged ferment of DC punk’s Revolution Summer. Born in a dynamic local scene sparked by Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Rites of Spring, a handful of young activists also drew inspiration from UK anarcho-punks Crass and the original “Positive Force” band Seven Seconds to become one of the most long-lasting and influential exponents of punk politics.
Through it all, Positive Force has persisted, remaining deeply rooted in their hometown, reaching out to those in need and building bridges between diverse communities, while regularly bringing punk protest to the front doors of the powers-that-be. Encompassing an ever-evolving cast of characters, the all-volunteer group has helped to nurture several generations of activists. In the best punk fashion, PF has applied creative DIY tactics and radical critiques to issues of homelessness, hunger, racism, corporate globalization, sexism, homophobia, war, gentrification, and animal/earth liberation, while struggling to constructively address conflicting dynamics and visions within the group itself.
More Than a Witness documents Positive Force's Reagan-era origins, the creation of its communal house, FBI harassment, and the rise of a vibrant underground that burst into the mainstream amidst controversy over both the means and the ends of the movement.
The filmmakers' portion of the proceeds from the sale of the DVD will benefit the We Are Family senior outreach network. Purchase a copy of the film @ PM Press.
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