ANVIL's Documentary: New York Premiere Announced

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil", a mockumentary-like true account of fiftysomething Canadian heavy-metal practitioners Steve "Lips" Kudlow (vocals, guitar) and Robb Reiner (drums) who, after a desultory European tour with their band ANVIL, decide to record a 13th album in a final attempt to fulfill their boyhead dreams of stardom, will be shown at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) on Saturday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. during the annual Sundance Institute at BAM series, which highlights films from the Sundance Film Festival. The premiere will be followed by a live performance by ANVIL at BAMcaf.

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"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" made its debut in the Premieres section of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, which ran January 17-27, 2008, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

The film's director Sacha Gervasi, who worked as a writer on the Steven Spielberg-directed movie "The Terminal" (2004), told Eye Weekly, "Toronto has never shown them [ANVIL] respect. So I wouldn't be surprised if they were nervous. But if there's even a tiny shift in perception, with people recognizing that ANVIL are a true national asset, that would be terrific."

Read more at Eye Weekly.

Check out a review of the movie at Cinematical.

Sacha Gervasi is an old friend of the band's that used to do some roadie work for them back in the 1980s. He has filmed some of their shows from their November 2005 and June 2006 European tours. He also filmed Lips' 50th birthday show at Heads or Tails in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada on February 25, 2006. As well, he filmed some of the recording of "This Is Thirteen". Sacha also interviewed many people from ANVIL's past and present, including former bandmembers.

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