THAX: THE MOVIE
Chicago's indie rock poet laureate Thax Douglas is profiled in this 2007 feature documentary from Alex MacKenzie and SFG founding partner Ben Kolak. Thax became a fixture of the indie rock scene in the 1990's through the mid 2000's, during the music genre's heyday. He would attend underground rock shows, sometimes multiple shows per night, and find his way on to the stage to read his poetry between sets. The poems were often inspired by the bands and their songs revealing deep truths about the music or the band members themselves. The film explores uncomfortable questions. Is Thax is an icon or a caricature? Is he appreciated or tolerated? Is he firefighting and dangerous or just weird and eccentric?
10th Anniversary screening
In spring of 2018 Scrappers and CHIRP Radio hosted a screening of THAX: The Movie with at Constellation Chicago. Thax himself was in attendance. Scrappers filmmaker Ben Kolak captured the nights moments with editing by Giorgia Harvey.
"THAX: THE MOVIE"
A POEM By THAX DOUGLAS
Thax wrote this original piece for the 10th anniversary screening of the film. Many fans and admirers attended reminiscing about the bygone era of the Chicago music scene. After the screening Thax said, "I watch the film once a year. This is the first time I watched it and felt like I was watching a movie about a different person... My problems aren't the same as that Thax's problems. If they were I'd be a little embarassed."
CHICAGO's LOST INDIE ROCK POET
I thought that if I admitted I had autism it would define me, but I finally realized that’s kind of ridiculous.
Shortly after the release of the film Thax left Chicago. No one seemed to know what had become of Thax. Over the years silence and curiosity gave way to wild rumor. Was Thax in Wisconsin... in Austin... was he dead?! In a revealing interview with Scrappers, Thax explains why he left Chicago, what he's been doing, and how discovering (in his 50's) that he had autism helped him cope with people and life.