SXSW Film: These Finnish Rockers Have 'The Punk Syndrome' (Update)
Update: "The Punk Syndrome" won the SXGlobal Audience Award. See pictures from the Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät concert, below.
Original Story (March 15, 6:01 a.m.): A punk band from Finland is the focus of a film that’s showing at South by Southwest this week. The band is also playing a gig in the SXSW Music festival.
The band is Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät – that's Pertti Kurikka's Name Day. And the film is “The Punk Syndrome” – called that because one special thing about these band members is that they are all mentally disabled in one form or another.
KUT's Laura Rice sat down with the film's director/cinematographer J-P Passi and a couple of members of the band: singer Kari Aalto and bass player Sami Helle.
"We're four guys who are mentally handicapped. But we're still really good," Helle says " ... One thing that I that people always put stamps on me that I am mentally handicapped. That's what I hate because I'm a person, my name is Sami. I'm 40 years-old, male, and I want people to just look at me as a person. Not as what I have."
The film is going to be available in the U.S. via video on demand later this year.