“Afro-Punk,” a 66-minute documentary, explores race and identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday, behind the music or typical ” Black History ” documentary this film tackles the hard questions, such as issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyle. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a person of color in a predominantly white community.
The style of the documentary inter-cuts interviews from scores of black punk rockers from all over the nation with scenes from our four protagonists’ lives. They come from different regions, generations, genders, but their stories are quite ironic.
Producers: James Spooner and Matthew Morgan,have donated their documentary “Afro Punk” for a screening to benefit the Isus Thompson’s Defense Fund.
Isus Thompson was arrested on June 6, 2008, he was brutally beaten by the NYPD, and was unable to walk on his own or verbally communicate for months after the arrest. Since then, Isus has been transferred to several hospitals including Elmhurst, Bellevue and Wards Island Mental health facilty, he has shown some improvement but was transferred to Rikers Island even after such an unfair ordeal and remains in custody facing erroneous charges that may lead to years in prison. In April 2009, the assistant queens District Attorney dropped the highest charge against Isus which proves his innocence meanwhile, the constant fabrication of charges is still being implemented against Isus .The Thompson family thanks every one who lent their support to his defense last september at the fundraiser which was held at S.O.B.S. This is phase one in 2-part series to acknowledge the unfaithful occurrence which took place Friday June 6th 2008 in Forest Hills Queens . We continue to ask that you keep Isus in your prayers because fervent prayers as well as monetary support from many will help to defend him and bring him home, Isus is currently in custody on Rikers Island with a large bail, the fundraiser is planned with a Benefit Film Screening and concert fundraiser to be announced soon. Please contact Ms. Thompson for further information at 347-892-4737 or [email protected].