Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
When at a critical artistic and financial juncture, most bands either disband entirely or reform into another band with a few changes in personnel. Almost no band sidelines its musical endeavors entirely in order to reform into a moderately successful and highly-fashionable boot manufacturing business, but documentarian Lech Kowalski takes a look at one such collective with his 2002 film Boot Factory. While visiting Krakow, Poland to promote his film DOA, Kowalski met one of his film's fans, a Polish punk-rocker-turned-entrepreneur named Lukasz Siska. Instantly inspired, Kowalski followed Siska back to the Cockney Underground Boot Factory--the aforementioned boot factory--in order to look into the lives of people whose existences revolve around hard music, hard partying, and serious capitalism. All of the factory's workers are at critical stages in their lives, ranging from impending marriages to battling substance abuse to finding new jobs, and Kowalski watches as each character is forced to come to terms with his or her current situation. Boot Factory screened at a handful of festivals in 2002, including the Margaret Meade Film Festival and the London Independent Film Festival.