Cast and Crew Bios

Cast Bios

Nacho, 25 – Promoter and Singer, Corrupted Youth

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Nacho was born in Los Angeles, but raised in Mexico until 5th grade, when his father brought him and his sister, Natalie, to permanently live in East LA. Nacho’s mother stayed behind and due to various obstacles, Nacho was not able to see her again.

As a teenager in East LA, Nacho noticed that there were a lot of dance parties, but he was a punk and decided to try his hand at throwing shows. In the era before social media, things were very different. Still, Nacho stayed with it, eventually going from handing out fliers to becoming a master of online promotion.

Today, he regularly throws shows with the help of his sister, Natalie, a nursing student by day and an avid supporter of the scene by night. The shows helped
forge a unique bond for the brother and sister, who grew closer than ever once they started working together.

Nacho’s band, Corrupted Youth, was recently named by LA Weekly as #8 on a list of the 20 best punk bands in LA right now. Nacho wants to continue to tour the country, and hopefully the world and is adamant that he will never stop being part of the punk scene.

Alex, 23 – Singer, Psyk Ward

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Unlike the majority of his peers in the scene, Alex grew up in the relatively privileged community of Manhattan Beach, the child of a Jewish father and Chinese-­‐American mother. Despite these differences, Alex describes finally finding a place that feels like home once he discovered the backyard punk scene.

Troubled from an early age, Alex describes himself as an angry kid who landed in a residential treatment program in Utah, where he eventually finished high school. His poems from that time were discovered by bandmate Carlos, who turned them into Psyk Ward’s first songs. Today, Alex lives in Long Beach and is pursuing a career as a chef. He can regularly be found playing the backyards.

April, 15 – Promoter

Born to Mexican parents, April’s china doll looks are at odds with a sense of independence beyond her years. We meet her as a 9th grader and rising backyard show promoter.

A resident of Watts, April travels the streets of South Central, East Los Angeles, and Compton with a steely confidence, sharing “Nothing really scares me, I can take care of myself.”

April gives the money she makes throwing shows to her mother to cover the cost of the rent for her room (in the house where April lives, the landlord rents out rooms individually) and for her phone. When she’s not in school, April can be found on Facebook or at a show.

Gary Alvarez, 22 – Singer, Rhythmic Asylum

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Bright, articulate and passionate, Gary graduated UC Santa Cruz with a Political Science degree last spring. The child of refugees from political conflict in Central America, Gary grew up sharing a one-­‐bedroom apartment with his mother, father, brother and grandmother.

He attributes his work ethic and drive to his parents, who weren’t always so supportive of their son’s involvement in the punk rock scene. Also a talented artist who draws cover art for many bands, today his family sees Gary’s participation in the scene as vital to the culture of his community.

When he’s not playing shows with his band Rhythmic Asylum, Gary is working hard by day and studying for
his LSAT. His plan is to eventually practice law to help disenfranchised populations fight corruption and injustice.

Filmmaker Bios

Angela Boatwright – Director

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Angela Boatwright is a Los Angeles-­‐based photographer and documentary filmmaker. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Angela Boatwright picked up a camera at age 14 and hasn’t stopped shooting since.

Cutting her teeth photographing her skater friends, she quickly began shooting live punk, metal, and hardcore bands, too—including photographing Kurt Cobain in a closet-­‐sized venue.

After high school, Angela wasted no time in splitting for New York City where she spent the next 20 years looking through the viewfinder. There, Angela continued shooting bands, now at such legendary venues as CBGB and Wetlands. Still immersed in that
world, she also photographed skateboarders—many of whom appeared in Larry Clark’s Kids.

Soon after arriving, her reputation already growing, Angela evolved from enthusiastic amateur to professional photographer, and in 1997 she quit her day job to shoot photos full time. Her first photo assignment was for Thrasher, the legendary skateboard magazine. It was also at this time that she began working at the Brooklyn-­‐based graffiti magazine Mass Appeal, first as photographer and eventually photo editor and creative director. Since then, her work has appeared in a wide array of publications including New York Magazine, Vice, Nylon, Vibe, XXL, and Dazed and Confused, as well as in books such as Vice Photo Book, Definition: The Art and Design of Hip Hop, Juxtapoz Photo, Street World, and most recently Skin Graff:
Masters of Graffiti Tattoo. She has also photographed campaigns for Roxy, Urban Outfitters, American Express, and Vans.

After almost two decades in New York, Angela moved to Los Angeles where she began making documentary films. In 2014 she directed a 5-­‐part episodic online documentary entitled East Los for Vans, documenting the backyard punk scene in East Los Angeles and
displaying the creative expression and family-­‐ based community which celebrates music, art

and self expression. The success of that series led to her first feature-­‐length documentary Los Punks: We Are All We Have, which is produced for Vans and will have its world premiere at Slamdance Film Festival 2016.

Angela is currently working on a handful of documentary projects as well as putting together an extensive book featuring punks in East L.A. and South Central. The pairing of Angela and these tough and persevering punk kids is apt, as their attitude and reluctance to grow up runs parallel to Angela’s own ‘Never Say Die’ philosophy.

Agi Orsi – Producer

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Emmy Award®-­‐winning film and television producer Agi Orsi (ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau) believes filmmaking is an adventure not only in the process of bringing an idea to the screen, but in finding and nurturing the best creative team to tell that story. From tracking big waves to filming in Skid Row, Orsi’s career has been defined by creative adventure. It’s an attitude she took on from her early days in the business working on award-­‐winning adventure films such as Bashkaus: Hard Labor in Siberia, chronicling the first joint US-­‐Soviet river expedition in Russia’s Altai Mountains and Curtain of Ice, following the first on-­‐water crossing of the Bering Strait, reuniting Eskimo relatives separated by 40 years of the Cold War.

Orsi and skateboard legend and director Stacy Peralta produced Dogtown and Z-­‐ Boys which went on to win both the Audience and Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival and influence a new wave of documentary filmmakers invigorated by the film’s original visual and narrative form. Riding Giants, examined big wave surfers and the waves that call them. As the first documentary to open Sundance, it broadcast an important message that documentaries are indeed worthy of equal standing with feature films.

Orsi produced two films with director Paul Crowder: Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the N.Y. Cosmos, which tells the story of the soccer team that brought Pele to America, as well as Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who. Orsi’s other works include: No Room For Rockstars, The Vans Warped Tour, directed by Parris Patton. The film, the story of the grueling three-­‐month multi-­‐city concert tour, became #1 on iTunes, as well as Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home, the story of eight individuals working to overcome the challenges of homelessness, mental illness, and flawed social policies, which went on to both a successful theatrical release and impact campaign.

She won an Emmy for Best Sports Documentary Series at the 35th Emmy Awards for ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau. Her latest film, Los Punks: We Are All We Have, is directed by Angelea Boatwright and will premiere in the documentary features completion at Slamdance Film Festival 2016.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, Orsi received her Masters in French Language and Civilization from Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris.

Doug Palladini – Executive Producer

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From 2004 through 2014, Doug Palladini served as Vans’ global marketing leader, leading the creation of award-­‐winning television for Fox and its networks, as well as feature films such as Pipeline Masters. He is also the Executive Producer of No Room for Rock Stars; The Vans Warped Tour documentary, and author of Vans’ coffee table book, Off the Wall: Stories of Sole from Vans Originals. Today, Palladini is VP/GM of Vans in North America.

“Vans has an incredible richness of stories to tell
—none of them manufactured or conjured from myth—real stories, from skateboarding’s Dogtown and Z-­‐Boys to music’s No Room for Rockstars, but what holds all those stories together is a 50-­‐year commitment to supporting people and events that embody creative self-­‐expression,” says Palladini. “Los Punks carries forward that Vans tradition, putting a spotlight on incredible people keeping punk rock alive across the backyards of Los Angeles, and supporting the vision of a creative powerhouse in Director Angela Boatwright.”

Palladini, an innovator in interactive, multi-­‐media story-­‐telling, has built an
industry-­‐leading marketing program at Vans. A sampling of this success includes the Vans’ Facebook community, which engages more than 20 million fans, and the creation of Offthewall.tv, which provides original web series to a worldwide audience of millions of viewers, and global brand campaigns such as Living Off the Wall.

A veteran of the action sports industry with more than 25 years of leadership, Palladini was a magazine publisher of titles such as Surfer, Snowboarder, and Skateboarder as well as a founding executive of Swell.com. Palladini, a resident of Orange County, California, lives with his wife of 20 years Hallie, son Max and daughter Devon.

Christine Triano – Writer and Co – Producer

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Christine Triano got her start in documentaries as associate producer of Dogtown and Z-­‐Boys, winner of the Audience Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. More recently, she teamed up with Dogtown producer Agi Orsi to write and co-­‐produce the documentary feature Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home (2010), narrated by Catherine Keener.
Recipient of the 2011 VOICE Award, Lost Angels continues to screen across the country in communities seeking to shed light on the link between homelessness and mental

illness. In 2014, she teamed up with producer Orsi and director, Angela Boatwright, to write and co-­‐produce the documentary feature, Los Punks: We Are All We Have about the Los Angeles backyard punk scene. In addition to her documentary work, Triano has written and produced dozens of hours of network and cable television, including Influences (Bravo), M*A*S*H: 30th Anniversary Reunion (Fox), and The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television (ABC).

A proud native New Yorker, Triano today lives in Los Angeles, where she is a story consultant for various documentary projects, including Holy Hell, a feature documentary film premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The former editor of AlterNet.org, an award-­‐winning online news magazine, she is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Independent Media Institute. Triano graduated cum laude with a
B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University and holds a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles. When not working on film projects, she can be found in private practice as a psychotherapist for adolescents and creative artists.

Cecy Rangel – Co-­Producer

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Brazilian born Cecy Rangel moved to the US in 1997 to study film. Since then she has been steadily working in the production of feature release films such as; Riding Giants distributed by Sony Classics and the first documentary to open the Sundance Film Festival, Once in a Lifetime the story of the N.Y. Cosmos and Pele’s arrival to America, distributed by Miramax, and Amazing Journey: The Story of the The Who, a Universal release, Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home as well as the Emmy Award winner, Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie, and No Room For Rockstars, about the Vans Warped Tour. As an archival clearance specialist, Cecy was asked to work on Dave Grohl’s “Sound City”, and his documentary series for HBO Sonic Highways. Her solo producing debut was with The Achievers : The Story of The Lebowski Fans, and now she is looking forward to the upcoming release of Los Punks: We Are All We Have, which she co-­‐produced for Vans. Cecy is currently back in her home town, Rio de Janeiro, where she is exploring the Latin American market producing Documentary Series for TV.

Tyler Hubby – Editor

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Tyler Hubby began making films and photographs as a young boy. While in high school he was mentored by a then unknown young director named David Fincher. He later went on to study film and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute where he had the privilege of studying with George Kuchar.

His subversive and irreverent short films & videos detailing fetishism, co-­‐dependency and bodily mutations have screened internationally and are featured in the book Cinema

Contra Cinema by British author Jack Sargeant.

Since 1994 he has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the avant/experimental record label Table of the Elements documenting artists such as Faust, Keiji Haino, John Fahey, Jim O’Rourke, Rhys Chatham, Arnold Dreyblatt, Zeena Parkins, Jonathan Kane and Tony Conrad. As a regular contributor to Artillery magazine he has photographed such contemporary art figures as John Waters, Mike Kelley, John Baldessari, Shepard Fairey, Susan Anderson, Zak Smith, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Andrew Krasnow and Samantha Fields. Additionally his photographs have been used as evidence in federal court.

He has edited over 30 documentary films. Most notable among them are The Devil and Daniel Johnston, a picaresque biography of mentally ill artist/musician Daniel Johnston; Double Take, Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez’s metaphysical essay on the cold war, the rise of television and the murder of Alfred Hitchcock by his own double; the HBO documentary A Small Act; Drafthouse Films’ The Final Member which follows the curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum as he attempts to complete his exotic penis collection; and Participant Media’s The Great Invisible, which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2014. He also edited and co-­‐produced Lost Angels about the denizens of Los Angeles’ Skid Row and the new punk rock documentary Bad Brains: A Band in DC. He served as an additional editor on the Oscar nominated The Garden and HBO’s Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

He also edited the gothic horror short Usher, by cult director Curtis Harrington about whom he also co-­‐directed a short documentary entitled House of Harrington. He is currently directing a feature length documentary about composer/musician/artist Tony Conrad.