Sketchbook Productions' latest venture is a feature documentary that takes a look at the 1980's hardcore/punk music scene in Trenton, New Jersey.
The doc was directed and edited by Fred Zara, written by his brother Christopher, and lensed by right hand man Ali Imran Zaidi. Also aiding in the making of this film, Sketchbook Productions was a recipient of a small grant from United Arts of Central Florida.
Average Community shows us a side of a post-industrial city through the eyes of a group of teens that could only see abandoned factories, neglected row houses, and urban decay. That doesn't paint a pretty picture and it is shown in some rare footage of the time.
Our director Fred Zara, now in his 30's, lives an average family life near downtown Orlando.
Flashback to growing up in Trenton in the mid-1980s. Fred went by the name of Fred Fatal, played drums in a punk-rock band called Prisoners of War, and was filled with so much teen angst that he managed to get himself kicked out of high school before reaching the 10th grade.
Average Community follows Fred on a 900-mile journey back to his hometown to confront his troubled past, and the troubled people in it, in the hopes of understanding how the person he was made him into the person he is. Fred is joined by his two older brothers, one a disheartened New York journalist, the other a free-spirited Seattle musician, as he reunites with old friends, revisits painful memories and tries to make sense of what it meant to grow up in a dying city.
Average Community will be holding its first public screening at the Enzian Theater on Sunday, August 30 at 12:30pm.
You can learn more about the documentary and see the trailer by visiting www.averagecommunity.com.