[UPDATED with Slideshow:] We Were Feared, Punk Rockumentary on Cuckoo's Nest, Has Hollywood Close-Up

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UPDATE, NOV. 10, 10:43 A.M.: The Cuckoo's Nest documentary We Were Feared rolled on a screen at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood Wednesday night, and contributing photographer John Gilhooley was there, just as he had been for the world premiere at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Click here to see Gilhooley's shots from last night's event that drew some punk rock royalty to a film about Costa Mesa's tiny (and notorious) 1970s-'80s nightclub.
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Photo by John Gilhooley/
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Jerry Roach
ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 7, 9:32 A.M.: "We Were Feared is playing in a documentary festival at the Cineram-- . . . the ArcLight on the 9th. Wednesday. At Sunset & Vine. Wednesday at 7 p.m. You can give me a call if you like, and I'll give you a few quotes. I haven't been abused for awhile, so I'm signing up for that."

--Jerry Roach, selling us via voicemail on previewing this week's Hollywood screening of the documentary on the late '70s-early '80s rock club he owned, the Cuckoo's Nest on Placentia Avenue in Costa Mesa.

I don't believe I would have scored a more beautiful quote had I actually got Roach on the horn.

We wrote about the selection process for the festival the punkpressario referred to here:


The ArcLight posted on a Facebook page trailers from dozens of indie documentaries. It was up to visitors to vote on the 10 films they'd want to see in the lineup. We Were Feared jumped to an early lead and cruised to victory as a fest pick.

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Voters will not be disappointed. Jonathan W.C. Mills' film features vintage and/or modern interviews with the likes of Rikk Agnew, Tony Alva, Duane Peters, Steve Soto, Jello Biafra, Rodney Bingenheimer, Tony Cadena, Chuck Dukowski, Joe Escalante, Jack Grisham, Casey Royer and many, many more. Beyond belonging in an Orange County time capsule, We Were Feared is just a solid documentary on a sliver of time that deserves more recognition from an American Idol-dominated music industry.

You'll see performance clips and images by nationally known acts from that time such as Iggy Pop, the Ramones and the New York Dolls. You'll meet the possible inventor of the mosh pit (then and now) and the real Pat Brown immortalized by the Vandals. And you'll glimpse then-budding Orange County and South Bay groups like that one and TSOL, the Adolescents, Black Flag and the Circle Jerks. The Cuckoo's Nest may not have been the birthplace of punk rock, but you can make the argument it was an incubator for hardcore punk.

Don't be surprised if the ArcLight event, like the We Were Feared world premiere at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival, is more like a Cuckoo's Nest reunion than a typical Wednesday night film screening in La-La Land. As Mills himself put it in a comment about our previous post, "Now drive through the curtain to Hollywood and see the show." And don't forget the safety pin through your cheek.


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LovePunkMusic
LovePunkMusic

How much new material can a bunch of now sober and mostly bitter punks cover with ANOTHER punk documentary?   Wow, the cops showed up at the club and people threw bottles?  Occupy Wall Street, or just about every high school in LA, has more danger than the trouble these guys used to cause.  If that wasn't the case, and any of them had dated some non-pirate-wench women, people would be making live-action films about them.  Are there any besides Sid and Nancy, which was good because of Gary Oldman but spent too much time on a dysfunctional love story and was hardly a cultural statement about anything punk?   Skaters are more interesting and rebellious, I'll bet Tony Alva is the best interview in the whole thing.  These guys were a bunch of beer swilling rednecks who wanted to be cool like the punks they heard about in England, watch any of the other 50 punk docs and you'll know this without watching.  It wasn't magic, it wasn't them against the world, it was rednecks drinking beer while playing loud music and the cops making them go home.   This happens everywhere, I hope you guys found some new ground to cover.

cBc
cBc

ooh yeah..I was there to see Iggy once. They rented this HUGE PA for that show, blew my ears out.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Matt,minor typo(s)At the Cineram-; missing an a. Also Selling us via voicemail. Should be Telling us. This should be a good docu to watch. I was at a couple of the last shows at the cukoos nest and a few atthe concert factory that replaced it. A photo is on my facebook page from that era. Lots of memories focused on that club and scene around it.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Nevertheless, many happy memories from that period.  :)

Jmcguinness
Jmcguinness

Punks in England cool? They just liked to play dress-up. Real punks rarely bought their clothes at the rock and roll shop at the mall. The Sex Pistols were a made up band. The Damned were a real band among others.

Alva
Alva

"mosh pit" is a clear sign of dooshitude.  The "pit" is where "slam dancing" or "thrashing" is done.  "Moshing" is something you do at an Offsrping/Blink182 show.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Nope, not typos. If you listen to the message, he got ready to say Cinerama Dome, caught himself, and correctly said ArcLight. I meant selling, too. 

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

I used mosh pit so not to confuse the young 'uns. Grandpa.

Jmcguinness
Jmcguinness

The young ones don't care. Let us old guys have our language.

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