Director Rick Ernst and associate producer Rat Skates (ex-OVERKILL drummer) will attend the West Coast premiere of "Get Thrashed: The Story Of Thrash Metal" at the Silver Lake Film Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 5.
After the screening, there will be a question-and-answer session with Ernst, Skates, as well as former EXODUS vocalist Zetro Souza. Members and ex-members of ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, DARK ANGEL and other influential thrash artists are scheduled to attend the West Coast premiere.
"I'm so excited to be a part of 'Get Thrashed'," said Souza. "There's finally a film that makes you feel a part of that magic time. The L.A. screening is going to be a blast. I'm psyched to see the film, interact with the fans and catch up with old friends."
Due to the increasing buzz about the film, and considering that Los Angeles is one of the cities that played a big role in the birth of thrash, the film has been moved to a larger room in the Los Feliz 3 Theatre.
"I'm very proud of our work on this movie," said Rat Skates. "Just like the bands in this film believed in their music and the genre they created, Rick and I had a similar belief and that die-hard attitude in doing something so involved like 'Get Thrashed'. After all of the insanely difficult hurdles that had to be jumped to make this film happen, it makes it that much cooler to see the final product. Our movement was the most significant building block in what metal is today. This is definitely an essential learning tool for the new school. It's a step back in time to look at the overall landscape of the scene we created."
Skates, founding drummer of '80s thrash band OVERKILL, has been involved in the filmmaking industry with his own company Kundrat Productions since 1999, producing a wide variety of projects from corporate advertising and television commercials to the performing arts. His recent projects include "Get Thrashed" and producer of the newly released autobiographical documentary "Born in the Basement".
"Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" recently took home awards for "Best Documentary" and "Best Soundtrack" at the Backseat Film Festival in Philadelphia.
The film will screen on Saturday night, May 5, at 11:45 p.m. at the Los Feliz 3 Theatre located at 1822 North Vermont Avenue, L.A., CA 90027. Tickets are $11.00 and can be purchased online at www.silverlakefilmfestival.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
A new trailer for "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" has been posted online at this location (Windows Media).
"Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" had its world premiere at the 2006 Raindance Film Festival in London. The documentary screened on October 3 at the CineWorld, Trocadero Centre, Piccadilly, London. Director Rick Ernst, a longtime freelance producer for MTV, was on hand at the event.
"Get Thrashed" will include interviews with the following musicians/music industry personnel:
LAMB OF GOD
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
Phil Anselmo (PANTERA)
Chris Jericho (FOZZY)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Jon & Marsha Zazula (Megaforce Records)
Ian Christe ("Sound of the Beast")
Steven Blush ("American Hardcore")
Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic)
Ron Quintana (Rampage Radio)
The film also features the music of METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, EXODUS, ANTHRAX, KREATOR, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, PANTERA, ULYSSES SIREN, WARNING SF, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, THE LAW, STEVE CONE, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, EXIT TO ETERNITY, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, URTO and KRONIN.