When at a critical artistic and financial juncture, most bands either disband entirely or reform into another band with a few changes in personnel. Almost no band sidelines its musical endeavors entirely in order to reform into a moderately successful and highly-fashionable boot manufacturing business, but documentarian Lech Kowalski takes a look at one such collective with his 2002 film Boot Factory. While visiting Krakow, Poland to promote his film DOA, Kowalski met one of his film’s fans, a Polish punk-rocker-turned-entrepreneur named Lukasz Siska. Instantly inspired, Kowalski followed Siska back to the Cockney Underground Boot Factory–the aforementioned boot factory–in order to look into the lives of people whose existences revolve around hard music, hard partying, and serious capitalism.

Poland-France Production:
An Injam and KW Filmworks production in association with ARTE France
Producer, Odile Allard
Executive Producers, Marc Andreani, Paco Fernandez
Directed and Edited by Lech Kowalski
Camera (b&w/color, DV), Kowalski, Mark Siska
Music, Charge 69, Sierkiera
Sound, Paul Rimple
Sound Designers, Pierre Azais, Anne-Marguerite Jacques.
Reviewed on cassette at Margaret Mead Film Festival, Nov. 9, 2002. (Also in Toronto “Hot Docs,” London Indie Film Festivals)
Running time: 87 MIN. (Polish dialogue)

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