It took 16 years for documentary filmmaker Cindy Marabito to complete her film, you can certainly call that a labor of love! Her film, The Dicks from Texas, will be making its DVD debut on Friday, Feb. 12, courtesy of MVD Entertainment Group.
She fell in love with their music; that would be the music of The Dicks, an Austin-based punk band who challenged sensibilities, did things their way and during their four-year run they self-produced a pair of albums and might have slipped away into obscurity. But fans — fans like Cindy — believed. The Dicks, although never a big success, became music legends.
So why did it take her so long to complete her film? It turned out that she had a higher calling … her love of animals. Specifically, Pit Bulls, quite by accident she became something of a force of nature in rescuing these misunderstood canines. She even wrote a book about her experiences, “Pit Bull Nation,” and the blog site, Pit Bulls and Other Animals.
From time to time she’d return to the story about The Dicks, about Gary Floyd, the late Glen Taylor … and the rest of the band’s members; their reunion concerts and more.
The final product, The Dicks from Texas, is like a visit to another dimension for those not familiar with the Austin music scene in the 1980s. For fans, her film is a tribute that they will savor again, and again … and again. So come join the fun on Feb. 12.
Oh yes, and be sure to check out Cindy’s web site, Reunion Rescue (reunionrescue.com) … this is one filmmaker with the heart of a saint!