Legendary East Bay Punk Scene Comes to Life in Green Day-Assisted Doc: Exclusive Trailer Premiere

Murray Bowles
Green Day circa 1990.

The film is set for its world premiere May 31 at SF Docfest.

Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is the latest project to get the coveted Green Day co-sign. The exciting new doc tells the story of the hyper-influential San Francisco-area punk scene that nurtured numerous notable bands. 

“In the mid-'90s, I found a home performing and volunteering at Green Day’s early stomping grounds, Berkeley’s 924 Gilman punk music collective,” director Corbett Redford tells Billboard. “In 2013, out of the blue, I got a message from my old friend Billie Joe [Armstrong]. He was on the search for some hard-to-find Green Day footage and thought that I might have known where to obtain it… I gathered the footage and delivered it to Billie. He asked me if I knew someone who could direct a documentary about the early years of the Gilman scene from which Green Day had emerged, and I immediately said, ‘Yes. I can direct it!’”

In addition to being executive produced by Green Day, Turn it Around features narration from Iggy Pop  and a slew of guest commentary.

Other artists appearing in the visual include Kirk Hammett of Metallica, the Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra and East Bay Ray, and Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman and Lars Frederiksen.

Find the trailer below (premiering exclusively via Billboard) followed by an excerpt from the doc's press release detailing release plans.

The feature documentary will have its world premiere as the opening night film of the 16th SF Docfest on May 31 followed by an initial one week theatrical run at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco starting June 2. The hometown opening will be followed by screenings in cities across the USA in tandem with Green Day’s Revolution Radio World Tour, with the theatrical campaign launching in New York City in late July and culminating in Los Angeles in mid-September. In a unique release strategy, Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk will “tour with the band” enabling theaters to be marketing partners with Green Day in promoting the film’s theatrical release and the band’s nationwide tour. Abramorama is handling theatrical distribution.

For more, check out the doc's official site