Wild Eye Releasing will be delivering award-winning filmmaker and prolific music video director Video Rahim’s (aka: Anthony Hakmati) feature-length documentary, Rebel Scum, to DVD retailers on Nov. 24.
Filmed over a two-year period, this no-holds-barred look at the lifestyle and music of Knoxville’s very own “white trash punk band,” The Dirty Works, has worked the festival circuit — with the most recent Audience Choice win at the Y'Allywood Film Festival in September of this year — and has had selected major metro screenings. Those venues are all well and good, but by their very nature, limiting.
But now, with Wild Eye Releasing’s DVD product offering of Rebel Scum on Nov. 24, both fans and the curious, can have access to this provocative tale.
Is the frontman for The Dirty Works, Christopher Scum (aka: Christopher Andrews) talented? The answer is yes — you have to give him that even if his music is not your particular cup of tea.
Is he destructive? Angry? Addicted? Yes, yes and yes. His life is an absolute train wreck and Rahim captures that on screen in spades.
It didn’t get any better in July of this year when he was involved in a rear-end auto accident in Spartanburg,
Carolina that took the life of his girlfriend (Donna Renee Bailey) and left him
badly burned in a nearby hospital.
Whether he returns to performing with The Dirty Works remains unanswered, but captured on film for all time is both his talent and his on-stage/off-stage behavior of excesses.
Filmmaker Video Rahim does excellent job of being objective and yet a storyteller at the same time. Wild Eye Releasing’s Rebel Scum is well worth a look-see on DVD on Nov. 24.