Human Skab

104mins | 2012 | DocumentaryNR

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Documentary
Directors
Frank Gunderson, Bret Woods
Starring
Calvin Johnson, Travis Roberts, Frank Gunderson, Matt Love
Human Skab is the brainchild of Travis Roberts, is a proto-grunge, psychotic, post-apocalyptic, hardcore, punk-rock blues band based in the Pacific Northwest. This film tells the poignant story of this band and its front man who led the group as a young child since 1986.The music that they created and recorded in the late 1980s as a result of the boy's adventures and creative explorations gathered a dedicated following in the cassette underground. After two years of making music, life caught up to young Travis. He finished school, grew up, and joined the army, serving as a soldier and contractor in Egypt, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. 

Little could he know that in ten years he would actually be on the frontlines of the War on Terror, and that it would be twenty-three years before he would be able to fulfill his dream. Part punk rockumentary, part band ethnography, part war veteran story, this film portrays the saga of Travis as he and several other characters embark on a reunion tour, reclaiming the musical phenomenon that was so popular in its original inception. "I'm not doin' this for the money, I'm on a mission," Travis once said in a 1987 interview with SPIN magazine. "I have a message for the world. It's not just playin' guitars good that is important. It's all the things that you do." Rife with amazing synchronicities, Travis's music, both old and new, not only provides a powerful creative vision of American society, but offers a wealth of insight to present politics, "outsider music," life as a war veteran, and personal healing.


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