We Were Feared Cuckoo's Nest Documentary Needs Your Votes Early and Often to Win Festival Slot

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ArcLight Cinemas on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood has come up with an interesting way of picking films for its inaugural Documentary Festival. On its Facebook page, the theater has posted the trailers of 20 documentaries. Anyone can watch and then vote for the film they would like to see the rest of. The top 10 voter-getters win screen dates.

Off to a slam-dancing start is We Were Feared, the documentary on irrepressible impresario Jerry Roach and his notorious club that ushered in the original wave of punk rock music in the 1970s, the late, great, dank Cuckoo's Nest of Costa Mesa.

We Were Feared, which we lavished with praise before its world premiere at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival and still got an earful from Roach, had 20 votes as of 1 p.m. Nine other docs had one vote apiece, and the rest were still looking for a miracle.


Want to help continue the landslide? VOTE HERE!!! And vote often.

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Photo by John Gilhooley/OC Weekly
The men, the myths Duane Peters and Jerry Roach at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2010.
We Were Feared, director Jonathan W.C. Mills, producers Ivan Correa and York Shackelton, locals (such as Duane Peters, Joe Escalante, Steve Soto, etc., etc.) and non-locals (like Jello Biafra, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, etc., etc.) who appear in new and vintage footage, and especially the man, the myth Jerry Roach, are all awesome.

In fact . . . oh, crap . . . there goes my phone again.

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8 comments
MILLS
MILLS

THANK YOU to Matt Coker and the legions of Punk fans. Now drive through the curtain to Hollywood and see the show.

Montero3832
Montero3832

The memories make the nest my favorite place Of all times!!!!!! And I didn't even speak any English at the time :) hahaha !!!! How about a reunion !????? I fly there in a heart beat !!!!!!!!!!! My name is Alexander Montero :) from Argentina :) that's how everybody knew me !!

Dropbox1975
Dropbox1975

There are actually 158 titles in competition so WWF is NOT a shoe-in. Vote!

wallbangr
wallbangr

Don't forget, the Cuckoo's Nest was where Pat Brown, immortalized in the Vandals song, tried to run the cops down. Apparently where the members of the Vandals and their cohort used to go to pick fights with the cowboys coming out of Zubie's

mitch young
mitch young

Back in the day I always wished I had been born a few years earlier so I could have partook in the golden era of OC/SoCal punk. But can anyone imagine such music today? The whiners would be out in force complaining about the Vandal's 'Ladykiller'. The Dickies 'Stuck in a Pagoda with Trisha Toyota' -- forget about it. Fear's 'New York's Alright' would give all those ernest 'Gay-Straight Alliance' kids the vapors. And Xene would probably be shot wihile singing "Los Angeles' -- with its accurate portrayal of that city.

mitch young
mitch young

ran the m-f*cking cops into the ground!

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

I suspect the "American Idol"-run music industry would ignore it now, like the Eagles/Toto/Yes-run music industry did back then. BTW, "Los Angeles" lampoons a chick from the underground scene who threatened to sue X over it.

mitch young
mitch young

I'm not so sure that "Los Angles" is a lampoon, I recall reading some interviews with Exene and it was more like "this is the way this person feels" , presented pretty neutrally, which is what I should have said --'an accurate portrayal of how a lot of people felt about the city'. At any rate in recent performances posted on youtube, they 'beep' the N-word, which is definitely not 'punk rock'.

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