Is live music being silenced? Cities around the world are experiencing the death of the independent live music venue. With the proliferation of condo developments in low-income artist communities, ensuing noise complaints, the commercialization of large music venues, and the rise in stringent city zoning and liquor regulations, small local music venues around the world are struggling to stay open.
Set in Vancouver, Canada which has long been known as No Fun City, this documentary is a passionate tale about a tight-knit music scene and its ongoing battle for a place to call home. Witnessing the ups and downs of life behind the scenes, the camera follows as venues are shut down, parties are raided, and musicians resort to playing in illegal venues, DIY warehouses, and even parking lots, mostly located in the downtown eastside Canada's poorest zip code. These brave supporters of punk and metal face irate neighbours, police raids, evictions, deportation, million dollar lawsuits, and even city hall in order to keep their underground music scene alive.
Emerging directors Melissa James and Kate Kroll collaborated to create this feature-length documentary, and dedicated over two years of hard work and persistence to make their DIY film hit the big screen. It premiered in May 2010 at the DOXA Film festival, the biggest documentary film festival in Western Canada to sold out audiences. The film has also been featured in Macleans Magazine, the Georgia Straight, Exclaim! CBC Radio, the Globe and Mail, CBC TV and many others, and is currently being booked at venues and festivals around the world.
The film features interviews and performances of current local bands such as 3 Inches of Blood, Japandroids, Nu Sensae, Sex Negatives, as well as legendary Vancouver bands such as DOA, Subhumans and Skinny Puppy.
No Fun City is about the fight to keep underground music alive and how to do it yourself when things stand in your way.