“Finding Joseph I” is a documentary film chronicling the eccentric life of punk rock reggae singer, Paul “HR” Hudson from Bad Brains. The charismatic front-man’s explosive live performances helped pioneer hardcore punk while delivering an enlightening message of positive mental attitude.
“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.” – Rolling Stone
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.
“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.” – New Yorker
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 singer’s life, career and struggles with never before seen archival footage, photography and exclusive interviews.
“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.” – OC Weekly
- Winner Best Documentary Feature Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
- Winner Grand Jury Prize Best Documentary San Francisco Independent Film Festival
“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.” – Caught in the Crossfire
91 minutes on 1 disc / Color 2016 / Directed by James Lathos
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