Until the untimely death of singer/guitarist D. Boon at the end of 1985, the Minutemen were one of the most exciting and creative bands of their era. The documentary We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen which kicks off a four-part film series called Our Band Could Be Your Film, dedicated to the 80s punk and hardcore scene takes an in-depth look at the band, from its origins in San Pedro, California to the last gig before Boons death, opening for R.E.M. In between, the audience is treated to a fascinating, fun look at the groundbreaking band and its place in musical history.
The movie is assembled from archival footage of the bands gigs and an interview with the band recorded shortly before Boons death, intercut with contemporary footage of interviews with surviving members Mike Watt and George Hurley and a number of The Minutemens now-famous contemporaries such as Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore. The films tone is laudatory, almost gushing at times, and it comes off more as a celebratory love letter to the band than a warts-and-all documentary. Despite that, it manages to give an entertaining and fairly comprehensive overview of the groups origins, music and influence on their contemporaries in the punk and hardcore scene. We Jam Econo screens tonight at 7 p.m. at the Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli. Tickets are $6 to $9.50; visit www.denverfilm.org or call 303-595-3456.
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 3. Continues through Sept. 24, 2008