2023 Wisconsin Film Festival

Witness Underground + Scars

Expired May 21, 2021 4:59 AM
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Punk rock, B-movies, and Jehovah’s Witnesses unite in this heartfelt documentary. As members of Jehovah’s Witness start to explore culture outside of their religion, they have to wrestle with the possibility of being excommunicated from friends and family. Featuring in-depth interviews and extensive home video footage, Witness Underground tells the story of punk rocker Witnesses pushing against the highly controlling Jehovah’s Witnesses religion as they build their own community through music and art. This prolific community of Witness musicians create their own record label (Nuclear Gopher), and become early adopters of promoting their music through the internet, including what may have been the first album to ever be livestreamed. This community’s history is well documented through archival footage of their home movies and self-produced music videos, all with a very charming energy. Featuring music from Witnesses and ex-Witnesses, Witness Underground is a heartfelt documentary about the families and communities we are born into, as well as the ones we choose while celebrating the healing power of punk rock. (BC)

Presented with support from Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    83 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Scott Homan
  • Screenwriter
    Scott Homan
  • Producer
    Scott Homan, Ryan Duval
  • Cast
    Ryan Sutter, Cindy Elvendahl, Eric Elvendahl, Chad Rhiger, James Zimmerman
  • Cinematographer
    Scott Homan
  • Editor
    Siân Walmsley Krubeck
  • Music
    Nuclear Gopher Artists: HighTV, Ryan Sutter, Kloey, Daytrip, Blueskys, Ghost Army, The Lavone