(Shot in 1986 and completed by director David Markey in 1991 for We Got Power Films, approx. 62 min., Super 8 film)
Three bands and crew (a combined total of 13 individuals), 2 Dodge Ram extended cab vans, one equipment truck, one PA system traverse the continental US for six months. A road documentary shot from the inside of the last Black Flag tour ever (the 1986 "In My Head" US tour.) Greg Ginn along with Henry Rollins, Cel Revulta, and Anthony Martinez comprise the final line up of the band. Featuring behind the scenes proceedings and live performances from Black Flag, Painted Willie, and Gone (Ginn's side project, then featuring Sim Cain and Andrew Weiss (later of the Rollins Band) . David Markey was along for the entire trip as the drummer / singer for Painted Willie (with Phil Newman & Vic Makauskas), documenting the six month tour with his Super-8 camera as it happened. Also features roadie Joe (Planet Joe) Cole, soundmen Davo Claasen and Dave "Ratman" Levine, and the tour manager who kept it all together, Mitch Bury. A crucial turning point in American underground rock. The end of the line for a trail blazing American band.
A message from the filmmaker:
In 1991 I completed a one hour and two minute Super-8 sound film I called "Reality 86'd'. This film documented the last Black Flag tour in 1986, which I was a part of (being in Painted Willie). Greg Ginn signed us to his SST Records label and brought us on the road for six months that year. This was the last "Black Flag" tour until 27 years later in 2013 when the band reformed out of the blue, in two different incarnations. SST Records owner / Black Flag guitarist and sole original member, Greg Ginn refused the film's release upon my offering it to him shortly after I completed it, for reasons I will never really understand. Furthermore he has held the film prisoner ever since, having it removed from my You Tube and Vimeo accounts for "copyright violation". A film I created and produced myself, including a band I was in and wrote songs for. He also had promotional music videos I directed for Black Flag and other SST acts (again, including my own band) yanked from my You Tube account, and causing me to lose an account completely. While the film was briefly online, others copied it and reposted it numerous times on You Tube and Vimeo, and it remains available online for the time being. Apparently it is available on bit-torrent sites as well, if you are into that sort of stuff. Given this situation, I'd much rather the film be seen than not.