Documentary 'We Can't Help It If We're From Tampa' traces city's punk roots; screens Friday at Orpheum
Though he now lives in Lexington, Ky., with his family, Tony Patino has found an odd niche for himself as a scholar of Tampa punk.
He's written a novel about growing up as a punk in Tampa called Life and Times, and a collection of tour stories called The Road that includes bay area bands like Clairmel and the Pink Lincolns.
Now he's made a documentary about the '80s Tampa punk scene called We Can't Help It If We're From Tampa — a take-off on the influential record We Can't Help It If We're From Florida. The film includes interviews with bands both local (Rat Cafeteria) and national (Dead Milkmen, Circle Jerks).
Patino returns to Tampa on Friday to premiere the documentary at the Orpheum, along with a show featuring bands in the film like Berkeley, Calif., hardcore act Fang and Venice group No Fraud. The film screens at 8:30 p.m.; the music starts at 10. Click here for details.
For more on We Can't Help It If We're From Tampa, click here for Jimmy Geurts' story.