Red Stick Punkumentary

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RED STICK PUNK

The magic and mayhem of Baton Rouge’s Chimes Street Scene and Baton Rouge’s underground during the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s is the stuff of legend. Alums of this scene often reminisce in person and on social media about the creative and exuberant culture of this era. For the most part, these times are largely un-documented, and today, the story of Baton Rouge’s underground music-art-cultural scene has quickly become a lost chapter in Baton Rouge and punk/indie music history.  

NOW is the time to make our mark and uncover this story from first hand accounts while we still can. 

That’s where we come in! A writer, a librarian, and a film maker, all with roots in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Chimes St./ Red Stick underground scene, have teamed up to develop a documentary film project which explores and captures the story of how Baton Rouge became a noted punk rock/indie music town.

 Our vision is to interview a large number of people who were there to create a permanent record that captures the essence of what was happening culturally, politically, socially and musically in Baton Rouge during this era. The ultimate goal is to develop these interviews into a full length documentary film, and as funding permits, other resources that illustrate and preserve Baton Rouge’s underground legacy.

Who the core team is:

The brainchild of the project, Rebecca Hamilton, grew up in and around this music scene as a teenager in the 1980s and today holds the esteemed position of being the State Librarian of Louisiana. A lifelong proponent of punk music, Rebecca was responsible for getting punk author-historian Legs McNeil to the Louisiana Book Festival in 2014 and John Doe from the legendary Los Angeles punk band, X, in 2016.  Seeing the growing number of punk books and documentaries, she believes that Baton Rouge is deserving of its own resource and place in the international punk rock story. One of the roles of the State Library is to record and provide resources on Louisiana’s history. This project helps to open up the door to an overllooked and under-documented moment in Baton Rouge and Louisiana history. Hamilton is the Producer of the film.

Baton Rouge Native, Tim Parrish, was the lead singer of the popular underground bands Lower Chakras and Human Rayz. Today he is a recognized author, english professor  and the architect of the MFA in the Creative Writing program at Southern Connecticut State University.  Tim brings to the project first hand insight to the birth of Baton Rouge’s Punk/Indie scene, starting when he attended the historic Sex Pistols show that came to the city in 1978. Since leaving Baton Rouge, Tim has been one of the few voices to reflect and write about this period in his books and other essays.

Bennet Rhodes, became a part of the scene in the early 1990’s. He is one of the many unofficial historians of the Chimes St. and Baton Rouge underground. He has been in multiple bands since this time, including Hank Sucks, the noise band of legendary Chimes St. eccentric, Hank Pratts. Since 1993 he has pursued a career in video production and documentary film making. Having experience in oral history projects, film making, and music, Rhodes will serve as the director of this film.

Hamilton began informally planning for this project as far back as 2013, tracking down people and researching  books and documentaries on scenes in other places. Since the summer of 2015, when Rebecca officially hired Bennet to work on the project, the team began investing their spare time into developing this project. 

Preliminary production for Red Stick Punk began at the Lower Chakras Reunion show on August 29, 2015.  This show drew a capacity crowd at Chelsea's Cafe in Baton Rouge so much so that many had to enjoy the music from outside. Portions of the show was filmed and a handful of interviews were conducted. 

This project has no dedicated cash and is funded with in-kind donations by the three principal partners. Funding is needed to continue and to see the project through. This initial fundraising campaign  will provide us with the money needed to further develop this project and a teaser that can be used to raise the full budget needed to produce the film.

Beyond that, your support and donation will help us to begin a archive that documents the spirit and creativity of these memorable times that are such an important part of Baton Rouge history.  These archives will hopefully be a source of inspiration for future generations as they take on the ever threatening homogenization of our world.

Please consider donating towards our project and keeping the Red Stick Punk torch alive.
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I am feeling inspired by the legendary John Doe, my film making buddies Bennet and Dirk, everyone posting on our RSP FB page, and the fact that John's book Under the Big Black Sun outsold all other books at the 2016 Louisiana Book Festival. He couldn't be happier and has asked for a quote from me to go with a quote from him to use on new promotional items for his book and associated tour, to help get the word out that our festival is the one to attend if you are a musician with a good book and a story to tell. I also spoke with him at length about our project and he said we have a story worth telling and after hearing about our "scene" and meeting so many of our RSP friends at his program, he was leaving Louisiana inspired by US!. He said I could use him as a resource and he would help if he could. Yeah, we got this. Now let's rustle up some more funding so we can keep the momentum going. Bennet and I will be huddled together this December working aggressively on RSP while I have a little down time, if it can be called that. We have a few surprises up our sleeves that will make you all very happy! and I'm going to drag Tim Parrish back into the game now that his eyeballs are healing. He's our punk pirate!
Rebecca & John Doe at La. Book Fest '16
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Hi guys, first I would like to give a big shout out to all of you in our RSP community for sending me the kindest and the most supportive messages over the last couple of months as I deal with my day job at the State Library of Louisiana and the recent state budget cuts that have severely impacted my office. You have been a ray of sunshine and keep the torch alive. Nearly once a day I get either an email or a text or a FB message offering support to me personally and to our beloved RSP project. Your words prove how what we are doing is so important and worthwhile and means so much to so many. Your kindness and constant support means everything.

Second, my brilliant partner and our filmmaker for the project, Bennet Rhodes has not stopped for a moment even as I continue to spend most of my days at the Capitol in my third legislative session this year. Fingers crossed there won't be a number four!! Every day I think to myself how Bennet is the perfect partner for this important project. Together we are constantly planning, strategizing and looking at every possible funding opportunity including grants and fundraising activities. If you know of any opportunities email either one of us.

My other brilliant partner Tim Parrish is knee deep in politics and long hours at work, just as I am,
but he too is in constant steady contact with me providing advice and insight and we work together from afar.

We are making steady progress but we need to raise a lot more money. I have volunteers out there looking for new or obscure grants and Bennet and I are working some other angles as well. We're on it!

I'm going to repost the Go Fund Me page in the hopes you wil share it far and wide and we can generate another round of donations. Steady donations, even if they are small, all add up and help so much.

Thank you for your continued support. We won't let you down. We have a great story to tell and we are going to do it justice.
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Ok good people, we are rockin' and rollin' thanks to your support. In the last week or so we've had some pretty significant donations and many many steady donations and each one is important. I can't thank you enough. We are still working hard behind the scenes to research, document, film and fundraise. Remember to send me anything we will want in the digital collection or physical collection associated with the documentary: photos, flyers, artifacts, etc. I can keep originals or make scanned copies and return them to you. I just appreciate all of you so much for helping to make my dream come true.
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Seriously, thank you to all of you who donated. This is a dream come true for our team. Things are really gonna heat up at the Chakras reunion gig on the 29th. Hope to see you all there!
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Harold
2 months ago

Don't give a dime to this group if your'e smart. I commented on a post regarding this "documentary" regarding a murder of an LSU student in 1992 by some punks that hung out on Chimes Street in Baton Rouge and the Facebook page Old Images of Baton Rouge unfriended and blocked me and then a member of that group insulted me and lied about my comments. Do not help these hateful people.

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John
5 months ago

Knew the members of the Sh!tdogs in the early 80s. Most are dead now, I think.

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Liz Stafford
17 months ago

My husband played the buckets on Chimes in it's punk days. He's got stories. Lol

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Keila Theiss
24 months ago

I lived on Carlotta street between 2006 and 2010. I saw the last chapter in the chimes street era. When I moved out of my apartment that cost 500 per month they redid it and raised the rent to 1500. I would love to share some stories!

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Mike Lee
17 months ago
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Anonymous
21 months ago
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Angela Turner
26 months ago
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Alecia Lewis
26 months ago

Let's make this happen

DC
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Deidre Christensen
26 months ago

Thanks for documenting these extraordinary times. Don't forget about the hippie punks too!

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Anonymous
30 months ago
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Jay Robillard
31 months ago

Hi Rebecca, Thanks for telling this story of a part of our lives we felt so passionately about. And thanks for reminding me I still do! Jay

JL
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Jennifer Lloyd
31 months ago
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Alecia Lewis
35 months ago
MC
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Miriam Childs
36 months ago
Harold
2 months ago

Don't give a dime to this group if your'e smart. I commented on a post regarding this "documentary" regarding a murder of an LSU student in 1992 by some punks that hung out on Chimes Street in Baton Rouge and the Facebook page Old Images of Baton Rouge unfriended and blocked me and then a member of that group insulted me and lied about my comments. Do not help these hateful people.

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John
5 months ago

Knew the members of the Sh!tdogs in the early 80s. Most are dead now, I think.

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Liz Stafford
17 months ago

My husband played the buckets on Chimes in it's punk days. He's got stories. Lol

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Keila Theiss
24 months ago

I lived on Carlotta street between 2006 and 2010. I saw the last chapter in the chimes street era. When I moved out of my apartment that cost 500 per month they redid it and raised the rent to 1500. I would love to share some stories!

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