Drafthouse Films to Distribute Rockumentary 'A Band Called Death'
by Ben Pearson
February 26, 2013
The 2013 SXSW Film Festival is a little more than a week away, but here's some good news for one of the films playing there. Drafthouse Films, the distribution arms of the Alamo Drafthouse, has sent out a press release revealing that they've acquired U.S. distribution rights to A Band Called Death, a new "rockumentary" about, well, a band called Death that preceded the punk movement but whose music has only recently been discovered. Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino directed the film, which had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival last year and will play in the "24 Beats Per Second" category at SXSW too.
The doc tells the story of three African-American brothers who founded the band Death in 1971 Detroit, becoming one of the first bands in the punk genre. They spent years trying to make it in the industry, but ended up having to sell off all of their instruments and disband. But thirty years later, someone pulled one of their demo tapes out of an attic and it essentially went viral, garnering national media attention and securing the band's place in rock history. Family drama is mixed in as well, providing a heart to the film that goes beyond the music.
Produced by Kevin Mann (Fanboys), Scott Mosier (Clerks), and Jerry Ferrara ("Entourage"), A Band Called Death will hit theaters and VOD at some point this summer. With the recent success of other music-based docs like Anvil! The Story of Anvil and the Oscar-winning Searching for Sugar Man, this seems like a great time to release this doc and reveal to punk fans a new chapter in the genre they love.