STORY BEHIND THE FILM:
#streetpunxofyangon is a narrative feature that originated from Polish-born director Maja Holzinger’s trip to Myanmar when she stumbled into an underground punk scene and shot a short film with the band Rebel Riot. She then partnered with Puerto Rican-born writer/producer Yamil Rodriguez and, together, they came up with a story that reflected their own creative process.
Similar to the plot of the movie, the initial inspiration was to set a film in a fascinatingly foreign city. But the more time Maja and Yamil spent in Yangon developing the script, the more obvious it became to them that they were not the ideal voices to speak for a culture they could only glimpse from the outside.
The story took them back to New Orleans where they asked writer-producer Eric Layer to turn the concept into a movie script. The independent film project took off through the group effort of a community of local artists and filmmakers. The film is a labor of love for all involved and a vivid example of the most serendipitous New Orleans community and magic.