That time I had a film made about my youth living in SF that toured the country in the underground film circuit and premiered at the SF Doc Fest in 2006. It won a few awards, aired on the BBC and even had John Waters introduce it at the Portland Bend Film Festival. The narration was taken from my then diaries but Geoff used photos he took in hotels from different cities. I never called myself "punk" but most of my friends were and I hung out with the "Powell Street Punks" all the time at Powell and Market where everyone gathered, panhandled, got free food and later went to Broadway, the Farm or some makeshift venue.
You can see a documentary on the Powell Street Punks in Nancy Kalow's Sadobabies from the mid 80s when we were all hanging out there. The follow up to that was Losers Club from 91,which focused mostly on Marian Anderson (of Insaints) progress. Her life story is in The Last Fast Ride. At the time I was death rock because nobody called it goth. I was also never sleeping on the streets, except in cars and never lived on the voucher system (my friends did) as I always had a job at a record store or skate shop, whatever job allowed me to look and live unconventionally. Technically I left from a group home/rehab. The main squat was Polytech but l had my own in an Edwardian house that was "goths", street punks, mods, art school club kids. Fang christened the place with pieces of castles from their European tour. I loved that place. .
The city had a "hotel hotline" set up for homeless youths, which I talk about in the film as I had to resort to this living in between roommate situations and staying with friends. Here's how Geoff describes it in screen shots. The hotel on Market that took in mostly men with AIDS except maybe a stripper or two who worked next door, for some reason felt sorry for me and made an exception by allowing a female teen to stay there. The drag queens there made sure all us females knew how to do our eyebrows right. Now you're all stuck with boring you tube tutorials. To many of us these hotels, the views from the top floor rooms, were the closest we knew we would ever get to heaven. #documentary #80spunks #gutterpunks #80sgoth