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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: MVD0576D
  • UPC: 760137057697
  • Street Date: 11/03/17
  • PreBook Date: 09/29/17
  • Label: Mvd Visual »
  • Genre: Alternative/Punk
  • Run Time: 91:17 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
  • Year of Production: 2016
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Director: James Lathos
  • Producers: Jay Mohr


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Finding Joseph I: The HR From Bad Brains Documentary

Finding Joseph I: The HR From Bad Brains Documentary
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"Finding Joseph I" is a documentary film chronicling the eccentric life of punk rock reggae singer, Paul "HR" Hudson from Bad Brains. The charismatic frontman's explosive live performances helped pioneer hardcore punk while delivering an enlightening message of positive mental attitude. HR's heavy devotion to the Rastafarian faith guided him in a spiritual direction leaving the band several times to explore his love for reggae music. Over the years HR's increasingly unpredictable and abnormal behavior has many convinced that he his suffering from mental illness. Finding Joseph I illustrates the true story behind the legendary lead singers life, career and struggles with never before seen archival footage, photography and exclusive interviews.


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Sales Points

  • Winner Best Documentary Feature Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
  • Winner Grand Jury Prize Best Documentary San Francisco Independent Film Festival

Press Quotes

A new documentary and an oral-history book about H.R., both titled Finding Joseph I, explore both the singer's legacy as a dynamic frontman and as a quixotic figure possibly struggling with mental illness.

     —Kory Grow, Rolling Stone

While Bad Brains grew, Hudson's mind writhed. In the new documentary 'Finding Joseph I,' the director James Lathos traces the psychological issues, including rumored schizophrenia, that plagued the singer well into adulthood.

     —Matthew Trammell, The New Yorker

Sought to provide a deeper understanding of where H.R. is coming from, what he's gone through and how he's been perceived. 'He's lived those anthems 'I and I Survive,' he's been that hardcore guy, resisting the system, embodying what he is talking about.

     —Patricia Meschino, Billboard

By digging through Hudson's triumphant and tumultuous past and the darkness and light of his mental illness, Lathos emerged with a story of the frontman that's never been told.

     —Nate Jackson, OC Weekly

For a debut production in the world of music documentaries, the film will go down as one of the best you will see within the hardcore scene.

     —Zac, Caught In The Crossfire


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