Chronicling two years in the life of "psycho white trash punk band", The Dirty Works (Knoxville), this startling film expands the boundaries of traditional rock documentaries in a manner that is not always comfortable, but is always riveting. The multi-textured movie explores several themes, including mental illness, addiction, relationships, family dysfunction, and the struggle for artistic expression in the heart of America's Bible Belt.
Centered on front man Christopher Scum, Rebel Scum is, at its core, the story of one man's continued drive to create art in spite of the barriers imposed by society and his own self-destructive tendencies. Bouncing intermittently between the extremes of comedy and tragedy, the film reveals a seedy American underworld that is both fascinating and repulsive.
Aside from The Dirty Works, the film takes a look at other Knoxville-based artists like Disobedients, and The Cornbred Blues Band, as well as musicians/producers Carl Snow, and Vadim, and poet Rus Harper. Dropsonic from Atlanta, and Asheville-based Monsters of Japan, are also covered.
Production of Rebel Scum began two years ago while filming Dropsonic on tour. Director, Video Rahim, of Worldstorm Arts Lab, from Atlanta, caught an opening performance of The Dirty Works and thought there was a story to be told. Francis Percarpio, Producer and Owner of WorldStorm Arts Lab, later saw the footage and independently found a way to bring The Dirty Works story to film. In the ensuing years, the production staff have traveled back and forth to Knoxville and various other Southeastern cities with The Dirty Works, capturing their chaotic and bloody live performance on film for others to see.
Rebel Scum hit the festival circuit early this year and most recently received the Audience Choice award at the Y'Allywood Film Festival in September.
Since the completion of the film, Christopher Scum was involved in a major car accident and over three quarters of his body was badly burned. His long-time girlfriend, Donna Renee Bailey, also featured prominently in the doc, did not survive the crash.
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