Green Day is teaming with a company called Abramorama to help distribute the upcoming film Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk. The movie will be released in tandem with Green Day’s summer North American tour, both in theaters and streaming platforms. The members of Green Day are listed as executive producers on the film, while Abramorama are described as “specialists at handling marketing and distribution for music driven long-form documentaries.”
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said, “Turn it Around gave us the opportunity to tell the story of the East Bay punk rock scene, a scene that’s a sacred thing to me, Mike (Dirnt) and Tré (Cool) and to a lot of others who were there at the founding and who helped to shape the genre. We’re proud to bring the history of this movement to the world and hope the film inspires people to create their own music and to build an artistic community.”
- We asked Tre Cool a while back how success had changed Green Day since its early days on the East Bay scene: [“There’s a responsibility that goes along with it. I think that we respect more now than we did when we were probably younger, you know, when Dookie was around, going crazy. It is like a responsibility and we sort of feel like this kinship with all the fans.”]
- Abramorama previously distributed the Green Day documentary Heart Like A Hand Grenade, releasing that film in 135 cities.
- The company also released the acclaimed recent Beatles documentary Eight Days A Week.
- Turn It Around is narrated by Iggy Pop and features interviews with all three members of Green Day, Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong, Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett, The Offspring‘s Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman, Dead Kennedys‘ Jello Biafra, Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, Guns N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan, AFI‘s Davey Havok and dozens more.
- The film spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history, with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley’s 924 Gilman Street music collective.