Seville Pictures has announced that "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", directed by Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Jessica Joy Wise, will be released on February 24 across Canada.
The documentary follows Sam Dunn, a professional anthropologist, long-time heavy metal fan and practitioner through his own band, as he searches for the source of the mythology surrounding this music maligned and cursed by some, but adored by millions worldwide who cling to it like the cross itself. Over the course of his worldwide trek, he examines metal's obsession with some of life's most provocative subjects — sex, religion, violence and death — and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend.
Featuring legends such as Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson, BLACK SABBATH's Tony Iommi, TWISTED SISTER's Dee Snider, Geddy Lee from RUSH and a host of newer, more extreme spokesmen, "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" is a fast-paced blast through the genre's origins, through doom and thrash, through the saccharine hair metal phase, through the notorious black metal blight of the late '90s, right up until the metalcore revolution shaking the music industry's foundations today. Metal is louder, faster, more intrusive and more insidiously invasive today than its ever been, and "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" tells us why, for once, from the point of view of a true metalhead, an insider who lives it, breathes it, and nails the complex tale dead-on. Casual fan or ardent student of metal's million permutations, this documentary will inform relentlessly.
You can watch the trailer, find more information about the release and read the directors' blog at www.metalhistory.com.
The documentary received excellent reviews at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Stockholm International Film Festival, the Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, the Bergen International Film Festival and the Copenhagen International Film Festival. It will soon be screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
"Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" is the first in-depth movie ever made on this subject.
The film is distributed in Canada by Seville Pictures. Seville International is handling international sales and has sold to it Warner in the USA, Momentum in the United Kingdom, Constantin Film in Germany, Amuse Soft Entertainment in Japan, Future Film in Scandinavia, Paradiso in Benelux and Dendy Films in Australia.
Seville Entertainment is a producer, distributor and international sales agent of quality independent feature films with offices in Montreal and Toronto. Its catalogue of Canadian rights to over 500 quality independent feature films and world rights to 90 features and docs is one of the largest in Canada. Subsidiaries include Seville Pictures Inc., Seville Productions Inc. and Malofilm Productions Inc. Seville is a private company owned and controlled by its key management and employees. FICC, the Quebec-based venture capital firm, is also a significant shareholder.