The much-awaited film, My Career as a Jerk is slated to premiere at Cinefamily’s “Don’t Knock the Rock 2012” festival August 30 at 7:30pm. According to the site, the documentary film festival “…is a high-energy fest dedicated to the love, lust and mania of all pop, rock and roots film and music…”
My Career as a Jerk is a chronicle of the legend that was the Circle Jerks. Directed by cult filmmaker, Dave Markey (The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie, Desperate Teenage Lovedolls), the movie is an amalgamation of searing live footage and first-person interviews with such Jerks as Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Lucky Lehrer, Earl Liberty, and Zander Schloss. My Career as a Jerk follows the band from their early days, through the local and national hardcore scene to eventual controversy and their unfortunate demise.
Markey told The LA Beat why he chose the Circle Jerks, “Circle Jerks were one of the few bands that were not just local heroes, they took what they did nationally, helping to establish scenes and inspire young bands where ever they went. It’s hard to imagine the music of the 1980’s and 1990’s without them. Not only were they responsible for bringing this music nationally and beyond, they were a great band. Ask anyone who ever witnessed their original line-up live; (Keith, Greg, Lucky, & Roger.) [Their album] “Group Sex” is classic Southern California hardcore.”
The August 30 screening is sure to sell out, especially with Director Dave Markey on hand for a Q&A after the film and with Greg Hetson, Keith Morris, and Lucky Lehrer in attendance. Buy your tickets now. You can’t find a better time for $12.