When Rude Boy, the semi-documentary about life on the road with the Clash, premiered in 1980, it didn’t go over well with its stars. Allegedly, the band hated it so much they had buttons made up to say, “I don’t want Rude Boy Clash film,” and the actor Roy Gange, who plays a roadie on the 1978 Sort It Out tour, punched one of the directors. Nevertheless, indie filmmaker Azazel Jacobs, who is the son of famed avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs, has decided to include it in a new series at BAM devoted to his work and favorite movies. Rarely shown on a big screen, Rude Boy includes footage from the Clash’s performance at the Rock Against Racism event in Victoria Park and the recording of Give ’Em Enough Rope as well as an authentic look at the sneering punk culture of England.
Thu., Aug. 14, 6 & 9 p.m., 2008