#streetpunxofyangon is a narrative screenplay in development created by New Orleans based filmmaking duo, Puerto Rican-born writer/producer Yamil Rodriguez and Polish-native writer/director Maja Holzinger. The story idea originated from Maja’s trip to Myanmar where she stumbled upon an underground punk show and subsequently shot a music video for the band Rebel Riot (watch here). Inspired by the band’s charismatic lead singer, Maja sets out to expand her experience with the punks into a full-length feature film.
#streetpunxofyangon tells the story of a frustrated high school film teacher who obsesses about shooting a movie with a group of punk rockers she met in Yangon, Myanmar. Desperate to exchange her mundane life in New Orleans for the excitement of the underground punk scene in a foreign country which she knows predominantly through “Instagram stories”, she follows the lead a compulsive amateur film producer who, ignoring the fact that they have no script, encourages her to quit her job and go all-in. #streetpunxofyangon is a comedy about the making of the film that the audience is watching.
It’s the story about leaving your comfort zone, about the trap of a social media saturated fantasy life, and about breaking free from delusion. This is the idea that became #streetpunxofyangon, a bittersweet comedy about creating something real in the age of digital distractions.